"We think happiness is what we get when attachment gets what it wants. Buddha says happiness is what we get when we give up attachment."
Ven. Robina's heart teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She has served Lama and Rinpoche and their international organization, The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, since meeting the Lamas in 1976.
Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Monastic University in Tibet 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 Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1965. By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe died in 1984.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and oversees all of its activities.
• Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition: the international organization of Buddhist centers and services founded by Lama Yeshe in 1975
• A Joint Biography of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
• Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: the collected works of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
• Thirty-five Years Serving My Lamas: An Interview with Ven. Robina about her work these 35 years for Lama and Rinpoche