Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe

Adele Hulse

You can now order your copy of Big Love! We encountered many delays due to COVID-19, but we are happy to report that some shipments of Big Love have now arrived at our global distribution points, and others are due to arrive soon. The books will be mailed to recipients shortly thereafter. Thank you for your patience and support.

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.


Order your copy using the "Add to Cart" box on this page. Due to the weight of the set (10 lbs / 4.5 kg) we are limiting orders to a single copy only through our website. To order multiple copies, and to receive the best rates for shipping, please email

There are a limited number of copies that will be available at our distribution sites that can be shipped at a discounted rate. 

Update for customers in Australia (May 19, 2020): We have arranged for another bulk shipment to Australia, arriving June 1, and are offering a discounted shipping rate. Your order will be shipped in early June.

We are offering FPMT center bookstores, LYWA Members and IMI Sangha a 50% discount off the retail price. Please email for details.


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.

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.