Not just a Monastery

"Ideal environment to live, study and practice Dharma."​
Nalanda Monks with H.E. Ganden Tri Rinpoche

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.

Our location

Nalanda's frontline

Geshe Jamphel
Geshe Jamphel

Current Abbot

Geshe Gyaltsen
Geshe Gyaltsen

Resident Teacher

Geshe Losel
Geshe Losel

Resident Teacher

Ven. Tharchin
Ven. Tharchin

Current Director

Ven. Kalden
Ven. Kalden

Assistant Director

Nalanda's Abbots

From 1981 to nowadays
Geshe Jampa Tegchok

Geshe Jampa Tegchok

1981 - 1994

Geshe Jampa Gyatso

Geshe Jampa Gyatso

1994 - 2007

Geshe Losang Jamphel

Geshe Losang Jamphel

2008 - Now