The Story of Big Love
Big Love, the official biography of Lama Thubten Yeshe, will make a significant contribution to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in the west. It will contain hundreds of photos dating back to the 1960s, and personal stories of the lamas and the students who learned, lived and traveled with them.
All over the world, people will read about this amazing innovative teacher, the organization he founded (the FPMT) and the thousands of students whose lives he changed. We are now looking at a 2017 publication date for Big Love.
This book has been over 20 years in the making, from the early beginnings of author Adele Hulse’s personal notes, to the fully designed, researched and edited chronicle that will be the finished product.
Ms. Hulse started writing this book in 1991, having been personally requested to do so long before by Lama Yeshe himself. She travelled the world interviewing hundreds of friends, acquaintances, colleagues and students of Lama Yeshe that she could find, and visiting many of the places Lama went to, including his home village in Tibet. The final product will be two volumes of around 600 pages each, with many glorious photos from the over 30,000 that have been collected from Lama’s students all over the world.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe’s primary student and the Spiritual Director of the FPMT, and Osel Hita, the 32-year-old Spanish man recognized as the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, have both written letters in support of the Big Love project. Click to read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s letter and Osel Hita’s letter.
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) has been working on the book since 2008. As chapters are edited, we have been posting excerpts here on our Big Love blog. They give an excellent sense of what the biography will be like.
LYWA also makes Lama’s teachings freely available on their website, www.LamaYeshe.com. You can read all of Lama’s books, like the classic Becoming Your Own Therapist, on our website, along with many other of his teachings.
All of the images submitted by students of Lama for this project have been digitized and cataloged, and as these are organized we are posting a selection of them to the online Image Gallery on the LYWA website.
And, you can see video of Lama on LYWA’s YouTube channel, like this one where Lama is telling the story of how he first started teaching Buddhism to western students.
We are now raising funds to complete the last stage of publication of Big Love. Donors of $1,500 or more will receive a stupa containing some of Lama’s consecrated ashes plus the set of books for free; donors of $250 or more will receive the books for free.
Please don’t feel you have to give a large amount (although of course you are welcome to do so!) Donate what you feel comfortable with–it is just important that you are involved. Better thousands of people giving a small amount and making this auspicious connection than one person paying for the entire project.
Your contributions to this great project are much appreciated. You may click on the Paypal Donate button below, or visit the Donations page of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive website for more donation options.