Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche together founded and developed the Foundation for the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in 1975. A few years prior to this, the lamas had started a monastery on the outskirts of Kathmandu in Nepal. Kopan Monastery began by housing and educating young monks from the Himalayan region. The monastery also offered a month-long course on the lam-rim teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa to Westerners who were flocking to the Himalayas in search of spirituality. As the November course grew in popularity and interest in Buddhism spread, the lamas were soon invited to travel to the West to teach in America, Australia and Europe.
Headquartered in the United States, the FPMT now has a network of 160 centres and projects in over 30 countries, including Singapore. The organisation is devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practise and actualise the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.
As a member of the FPMT community, Amitabha Buddhist Centre subscribes to the values inspired by our founders and benefits from the sharing and contribution of ideas and resources, including a wealth of learning materials.