The Sangha

International Mahayana Institute

Help Preserve the Future of Buddhism
Support Western Sangha


2,500 years ago the Buddha formed the Sangha community of monks and nuns. Depending on support from the lay community, they studied and meditated in order to teach and spread the Dharma. The founder of the FPMT, Lama Thubten Yeshe, formed the International Mahayana Institute to ensure the continuation of this tradition, by westerners in the West.Today, few of us are able to devote all our time to religious practice as members of the Sangha.

But it is vital that some do.

The Buddha said: "Wherever there is a monk or nun observing the Vinaya, that place is luminous and radiant. I see that place as not empty and I myself abide there peacefully.".

Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund

For over 30 years, the monks and nuns of International Mahayana Institute have tirelessly helped bring the Buddha’s teachings to the far corners of this planet. Today, over 300 monks and nuns continue to serve as teachers, retreat leaders, directors, program coordinators, editors and counselors in FPMT centers worldwide.

The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund was established to help support the monks and nuns within the IMI community. The goal of the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund is take care of the IMI monastic community by ensuring that:

  • The sangha are educated in Vinaya and Buddhist philosophy as a foundation for their spiritual development as well as in their role as spiritual guides to the larger Buddhist community.
  • The sangha have appropriate accommodation
  • The sangha have proper food and nourishment
  • The sangha have access to proper medical care
  • The sangha have a supportive environment and conditions for retreat
  • The sangha are cared for when sick and elderly

The support for the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund over the last few years has had tremendous benefit and will continue to do so in the generations to come. Supporting the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund helps the monks and nuns continue to study, to practice and to live a life in the Buddha’s footsteps.

Even after death, whoever donates to this fund will get the merit of having contributed, for as long as the Sangha continues to exist.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche -

For further information please go to :

IMI webpage
Nalanda Monastery