Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe

By Adele Hulse

Excerpts from Big Love, the forthcoming biography of Lama Thubten Yeshe. This book has been over twenty 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. We are now looking at a 2019 publication date for Big Love.

Find out how you can support this project here. To read more excerpts from the biography, visit our Big Love Blog.

Lama Yeshe meditating by the ocean at Maroochydore, Australia, 1974.
How to Support This Project

We are now planning a 2018 publication date for Big Love, the official, authorized biography of Lama Yeshe. Your contributions to this great project are much appreciated. Please visit our Big Love Donations page to show your support. Thank you!

Big Love will make a significant contribution to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. It will contain 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. The book will be two volumes of 900 pages each, with many glorious photos that have been collected from Lama’s students all over the world. This monumental work is expected to cost around $100,000 to design and print.

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. If you would like to contribute, please do so here. Thank you for your support.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe’s primary student and the Spiritual Director of the FPMT, and Tenzin Ösel Hita, the young 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 Ösel Hita’s letter

We have been working on the book since 2008. As chapters are edited, excerpts are being posted to our Big Love Blog. They give an excellent sense of what the biography will be like. 

We also make Lama’s teachings freely available on our website. 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 our Online Image Gallery.

And, you can see videos of Lama on LYWA’s YouTube channel, like the one where Lama tells the story of how he first started teaching Buddhism to Western students.