Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe

Adele Hulse
Forthcoming in MARCH 2020
Pre-order open until February 27. Read more here.

Big Love, the official, authorized biography of Lama Yeshe 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.

The book tells the story of Lama Yeshe, how he met Lama Zopa Rinpoche and how they created the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), one of the world's largest Tibetan Buddhist organizations. It begins in Tibet, where Lama was born, and moves to Buxaduar refugee camp in West Bengal, where Rinpoche became his student, to other parts of India and Nepal, and finally to the entire world.

The author, Adele Hulse, one of Lama's earliest students, highlights his special connection with early Dharma seekers and skillfully weaves their intimate stories with details of where Lama went, the teachings he gave and the centers he started. It brings to life how special he was and how he connected with people from all over the world and all walks of life.

If you knew Lama, you will be reminded of his wisdom and charisma; if you did not, this is the perfect introduction.


Pre-order will close on February 27, 2020. Click on the Add to Cart button on this page to pre-order Big Love.

We are excited to share this monumental work with the world, and are offering this limited opportunity to pre-order the book and save on shipping costs.

Many of you ordering in countries outside the US will be offered a special limited-time discounted shipping rate. We are sending bulk shipments to select distribution points around the globe, and if your order is being shipped from one of these distribution points, you will be offered a Special Big Love Shipping Rate at checkout.

FPMT center bookstores are eligible for a 50% discount on the retail price and can also save on shipping costs by pre-ordering Big LoveCheck with your local FPMT center to see if they are purchasing copies for their bookstore and let your bookstore manager know that they can pre-order copies of Big Love by emailing Ani Desal at

Due to the complexities of estimating the costs of shipping more than one copy from various distribution points, we are limiting pre-orders on our website to single copies only. Please do not include any of our other titles in this order.

If you should encounter any issues placing your order, or would like to place a personal order for more than one copy, please email Jen Barlow at

We are asking for orders to be paid in full at the time you place the order. We expect to be shipping all pre-ordered books by March 31, 2020.

Click on the Add to Cart button on this page to pre-order Big Love.

Big Love Resources

Go to our new Big Love Resources page to find links to excerpts from the book, 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: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe will be published as a set of two 700-page hardcover volumes in a slipcase with over 1,550 photographs, maps and other illustrations, full color throughout. Only $85 plus postage.