Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe

By Adele Hulse

Big Love, the official, authorized biography of Lama Yeshe, which will make a significant contribution to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. It contains personal stories of the lamas and the students who learned, lived and traveled with them, as well as more than 1,500 photos dating back to the 1960s.

Pre-order open until February 27. Read more about pre-ordering Big Love here.

The official launch of the book will be at 2:00 pm on March 24, 2020, at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia, during Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s retreat there.

Go to our new Big Love Resources page to find links to Chapters 2 and 7, a Mandala magazine article by Laura Miller, a special image gallery of rare photos and Adele Hulse's dramatic readings on the LYWA YouTube Channel.

Big Love: Resources

LYWA is pleased to bring you a growing collection of resources for Lama Yeshe's forthcoming biography, Big Love.

Click on the links below to explore these resources, which include excerpts from the book, a feature article by Laura Miller for Mandala magazine, a special image gallery of rare photos from Big Love and Adele Hulse's dramatic readings, available on the LYWA YouTube Channel.

Excerpts available to read now

Read sample chapters from Big Love, listed below:

Chapter 2. 1941–58: Living a Monastic Life: This chapter describes Lama Yeshe's daily routines as a young monk at Sera Monastery in Lhasa, where he pursued rigorous geshe studies during the turbulent times prior to the 1959 Tibetan uprising. Click on the link above to read or download a PDF of Chapter 2, laid out exactly as it appears in the book, along with an article by Laura Miller, featured in Mandala magazine, July 2019 edition.

Chapter 7. 1969: Kopan's Beginning: In this chapter, the lamas and their early Western students trek to Lawudo, in Solu Khumbu, and after their return to Kathmandu, they find the site for what would become Kopan Monastery. Included are wonderful anecdotes and rare photos of the lamas and their Inji students in the early days.

Special Big Love Photo Album

Visit our online gallery to see a selection of unique photos of the lamas in a special album created for Losar 2019.

Youtube videos

The Big Love of Lama Yeshe: This short video gives an overview of the forthcoming book and features rare photos from the 1970s, as well as a recording of Lama Zopa Rinpoche chanting the prayer Calling the Guru from Afar.

Click on the links below to listen to Adele Hulse's dramatic readings from Big Love on the LYWA YouTube channel.

The Yucca Valley Course: The excerpt begins with a teaching given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at a lamrim course in Yucca Valley, California, and continues with anecdotes from students who describe their life-changing experiences after meeting the two lamas.

Meeting Zina Ravchevsky: The excerpt begins with Zina's birth, moves onto her wild youth and tumultuous adulthood, and ends with a description of Zina's first fortunate encounter with the lamas in India.

Ordination: This reading describes the ordination of early Western Dharma students during the Kalachakra initiation in Bodhgaya, India, 1974.

Writer Adele Hulse on Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe: In this talk, the author, Adele Hulse, discusses the creative process for Big Love from its inception. Adele also reads from Chapters 1 and 2 of the book. This talk was given in 2014 during a one-month retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion near Bendigo, Australia.

Search the Archive Database

Big Love contains many excerpts from teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. You can search the Archive database using the archive numbers provided in the Big Love footnotes to track the teaching event and find links to relevant pages on our website.