Ganden Tendar Ling center is happy to announce that Lama Zopa Rinpoche returns to Russia to give extensive teachings and initiations on May 20th - 24th in Elista and on May 27th - June 3rd in Moscow!

During the daytime we are also delighted to offer a unique opportunity to go deeper into practice with our special visiting teacher Venerable Olivier Rossi invited according to Rinpoche's recommendation. Every day he will lead prayers, meditations, review the material taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as well as a Q&A session in order to broaden our knowledge and strengthen our personal practice.

You are very welcome to join us for this precious opportunity to receive teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Moscow!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from Lawudo cave where his previous incarnation had meditated for the last 20 years of his life.

The Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him to forsake Tibet for the safety of Bhutan. Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp in West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his root teacher. The Lamas went to Nepal in 1967, and over the next few years built Kopan monastery, the very beginning of what would become a worldwide organisation, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

In 1971, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the first of his famous annual lam-rim retreat courses, which continue at Kopan to this day. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Lama Zopa Rinpoche became the spiritual leader of the FPMT.

We highly recommend the vast collection of Rinpoche's teachings, including audio and video, available on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive website.

Today Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues travelling the world to give teachings, and to spread the Dharma of wisdom, love, and compassion.

May 27th – June 3rd, 2017
Sat, May 27th
Sat, May 27th
How to Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death and Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth
11.00 – Meditation practice with Venerable Olivier Rossi
13.00 – Lunch break
14.30 – Talk on Death and Dying with Venerable Olivier Rossi (tea break in the middle)
17.30 – Launch of the new anthology "Talks about life and death: the Buddhist texts" (edited by Margarita Kozhevnikova, published by Save Tibet Fund)
18.00 – Break
19.00Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching on Death and Dying together with the launch of the Russian edition of his book ''How to Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death and Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth''
Sun, May 28th – Tue, May 30th
Sun, May 28th – Tue, May 30th
Teaching on the Kadampa Masters
11.00 – Meditation practice with Venerable Olivier Rossi
13.00 – Lunch break
14.30 – Talk with Venerable Olivier Rossi
18.00 – Break
19.00Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching on the Kadampa Masters and Lojong
Wed, May 31st
Wed, May 31st
Helping the Animals Day
12:00 - 14:00 - Animal blessing ritual by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
12:00 - 19:00 - Shelter cat exhibition. You can take an animal from the shelter or help with food or donation.
19:00 - 22:00 - Lama Zopa Rinpoche teachings: The heart advice on How to benefit animals and turn it into Boddhisattva's Path.
Thu, June 1st Sat, June 3rd
Thu, June 1st Sat, June 3rd
Medicine Buddha Initiation
11.00 – Meditation practice with Venerable Olivier Rossi
13.00 – Lunch break
14.30 – Talk with Venerable Olivier Rossi
17.30 – Break
19.00Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching and Medicine Buddha initiation
What will be the commitments for the initiation?
Rinpoche usually gives a small mantra commitment daily for life; sometimes to recite the names of the seven Medicine Buddhas.

To take the initiation one will have to take refuge and bodhisattva vows at the beginning.

Those wishing to take the initiation must attend all 3 days from June 1st to June 3rd.
Only evening sessions with Lama Zopa Rinpoche are obligatory if you want to take initiation.

Avoid eating "black food" during these days.
Do I need a visa? Do you provide accomodation?
You can check here the list of countries, whose citizens don't need a visa for Russia. If your country is not on the list, you have to apply for a travel visa. Please check the list of required documents on your country's Visa Center website. Usually you need to submit a voucher and a booking confirmation, most hotels provide their guests with these papers. The process is not as challenging as it may look like, and if you have any questions, we are happy to help!

Unfortunately our center doesn't own any property and therefore can't offer you accomodation. Airbnb has plenty of options in Moscow, and there is a variety of hotels and hostels. There is a list of places you can check. We recommend to stay close to the venue, as Moscow is huge and going somewhere can easily take an hour one way, so please check the venue's address at the bottom of this page first.

There are 3 airports in Moscow, all of them are at the same distance from the city. From all airports you can easily get to the city center by AeroExpress train or using your Uber app.

Our volunteers may show you around before or after the teachings, so please let us know if you are interested.

If you need any help, please contact us at

Information for Shugden practicioners
Lama Zopa Rinpoche does not wish to have a guru-disciple relationship with anyone who is practicing Shugden/Dholgyal. So anyone practicing Shugden/Dholgyal should not attend any initiation which Rinpoche is giving.
Venerable Olivier Rossi
Ven. Olivier Rossi took ordination in 1998 at Lama Tzong Khapa Istitute (Italy) where he joined the seven years Master Program in Buddhist philosophy. After graduation on the request of his teacher he took on the role of teacher assistant for the Basic Program from 2005-2007 and subsequently for the Master Program 2008-2013 and 2015-2016. During his 18 years in ILTK he also leaded many retreats and taught Lam Rim courses in the different FPMT centers in Italy and France. He is currently residing in South India.
We would love to make this teaching accessible for the larger number of students, therefore we keep the registration fee as low as possible. To be able to cover all costs (venue for approx. 500 participants, logistics, print materials, technical support, etc.) we rely heavily on sponsors' support.

Our center is very grateful for the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Ryzkov. Due to their kind help we are able to cover publishing of the books and the main logistics costs!

Still there are more expenses coming in the nearest future, so your financial help would be highly appreciated! If you are willing to help, please contact the organising commitee at!

Supporting Dharma teachings is a great opportunity to collect unbelievable merits!

If you're a monk or a nun, please contact us at, we will add you to the guest list.

Expo Hall in "Otkryty Mir",
Pavlovskaya str., bld. 18, Moscow, Russia

5 minutes walk from Tulskaya metro station (grey line)

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