Land of Compassion and Wisdom

Austin FPMT Study Group

Who we are

Land of Compassion and Wisdom is a Mahayana Buddhist center in the Gelug tradition.

I, Geshe Thubten Soepa, was born in Zanskar India in 1955. When I was young, my mom visited Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and asked him for my new name, and Ling Rinpoche give me a name along with advice to my mom. He said that if I became a monk it would be a good idea. As a study group in the FPMT worldwide organization under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, we take inspiration from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great teachers.



In 1969, two Zanskar monastery senior monks (Mai Kado Tashi and Mai Tashi Setten) went to Dharamsala and visited Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. They asked if I was some high Lama’s reincarnation—if this was true. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche answered yes, but that it would We are a study group of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which is part of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as practised by HH Dalai Lama. FPMT is an international non-profit organization following the Mahayana Buddhist tradition through teaching, meditation and community service. FPMT is a worldwide network of over 130 Tibetan Buddhist centres, retreat and healing centres, monasteries, nunneries, hospices, publishing houses and related activities. FPMT was founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), one of the first Tibetan Buddhist monks to bring Tibetan Buddhism to the West. FPMT is currently guided by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with the inspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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PMT study groups are groups which are using this status as a probationary period before a group becomes a legal entity and a full FPMT center. FPMT Study Groups are not yet affiliated with the FPMT, and therefore do not have the same responsibilities as a center, financially or administratively. FPMT Study Groups are required to work towards becoming an FPMT center within a period of two years.