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Big Love Day, August 5, 2018

Event Description


Big Love Day is about cultivating a family feeling (or “pamily peeling” as Lama Yeshe used to say) and connecting with community through joyful interactions and fun activities.

What the day will look like

The day will start at 10:00 AM with a Medicine Buddha Puja in the main gompa. We will then gather at the Enlightenment Stupa at 11:30 AM to officially launch Big Love Day and offer a mandala to Lama Yeshe. The afternoon begins at 12:00 noon with one of our favorite activities: eating! Our kitchen will be preparing a delicious vegetarian offering and we warmly invite you to share a meal with friends old and new.

Following lunch, please stay to enjoy a variety of entertainments and activities scheduled through the afternoon:

Ongoing Activities
  • Massage and energy work
  • Henna body art
  • Ping pong
  • Astrology readings
  • Prayer flag and mandala art projects

There will be lots of activities throughout the afternoon including a drum circle, nature walk, music, story-telling and of course it’s not complete without the dharma sing-along with George Galt.

To give our kitchen an idea on how many to cook for, please click the Registration button below to RSVP.


As parking space is limited on the land, please plan to carpool. Limited shuttling service is available for those who need to park off-site. Please select during registration.


Handicap parking spots will be reserved near the main building.

  • August 5, 2018
  • 3:00 am - 9:00 am

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Teacher Bio

Lama Thubten Yeshe

Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered the great Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, where he studied until 1959, when, as Lama Yeshe himself has said, “In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world.”

Lama Yeshe continued to study and meditate in India until 1967, when, with his chief disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he went to Nepal. Two years later he established Kopan Monastery, near Kathmandu, in order to teach Buddhism to Westerners.

In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in a world-wide network of Buddhism centers known as The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition or FPMT. In 1984, after an intense decade of imparting a wide variety of incredible teachings and establishing one FPMT activity after another, at the age of forty-nine, Lama Yeshe passed away.

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in Thami, Nepal, in 1946. At the age of three he was recognized as the reincarnation of Sherpa Nyingma yogi, Kunsang Yeshe, the Lawudo Lama. Rinpoche’s Thami home was not far from the Lawudo cave, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his predecessor meditated for the last twenty years of his life. At the age of ten, Rinpoche went to Tibet and studied and meditated at Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s monastery near Pagri, until the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him to forsake Tibet for the safety of Bhutan.

Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa Duar, West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his closest teacher. The Lamas went to Nepal in 1967, and over the next few years built Kopan and Lawudo Monasteries. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the first of his famous annual lam-rim retreat courses, which continue at Kopan to this day.

In 1974, with Lama Yeshe, Rinpoche began traveling the world to teach and establish centers of Dharma. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Rinpoche took over as spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which has continued to flourish under his peerless leadership.