Not just a Monastery
"Ideal environment to live, study and practice Dharma."
Nalanda Monastery is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The Monastery uses FPMT’s education programs and materials, created in a unique lineage of its founder, Lama Yeshe, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
As each FPMT centre is incorporated individually (is a separate legal entity), the Monastery is responsible for its own governance and finance. As with all FPMT centres, the Monastery follows the FPMT Ethical Policy.
Our lineage and teachers
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of Nalanda and, together with his teacher, Lama Yeshe, founded Nalanda in 1981 as the first Western monastery of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Geshe Lobsang Jamphel is the current Abbot, while Geshe Gyaltsen and Geshe Losel serve as resident teachers.
Additionally, we are extremely fortunate to welcome other distinguished teachers and high lamas throughout the year.
Ven. Tendar, our current director, coordinates the day-to-day running of the monastery, while other senior monks take roles, such as study program coordinator, translator, disciplinarian and bookkeeper.