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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

The LoveLawudo team invites you to join us in celebrating the Buddha’s Descent from Tushita Heaven with the latest news from the highest and most remote retreat centre in the FPMT.

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Volunteer opportunities

Sangay Sherpa, Director of Lawudo, has told us that he’s currently looking for people who can volunteer for longer periods of up to one year, and has identified a new role looking after the garden and growing vegetables. “As I was thinking about Lawudo,” he says “I wondered if there is any chance of finding a volunteer who can help by maintaining the garden around the retreat centre and growing vegetables in the two big polytunnels there. Thank you for your efforts to help Lawudo.” If you’d like to volunteer for a whole year, and/or help with gardening and cultivation, please contact

The Lawudo/Charog water supply project

Next year it will be 50 years since Lama Zopa Rinpoche first returned to Lawudo with Lama Yeshe and a group of western students. During this time, one of the main problems for Lawudo Gompa has been its unreliable water supply. Sangay Sherpa, Director of Lawudo, has come up with a fresh solution to this problem through installing a 1500-metre pipeline that will extract water from a spring in Gejo Khola, at an altitude of 4500 meters, and create a continuous supply for the two hermitages of Lawudo and Charog. The pipe will be insulated and clamped to the cliff, wrapped and covered with an outer pipe, and secured with a steel rope. If you’re inspired to bring this about, please make a donation via and help us spread the word. Thank you!

Ven Khadro, new resident Sangha at Lawudo

Imagine arriving at Lawudo to find a smiling western sangha member living there, ready to show you around, support your retreat practice, and answer your dharma questions. In September 2018, on the advice of her teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ven Khadro moved to Lawudo from Root Institute in Bodh Gaya. Born in Venezuela of European parents, Ven Khadro is an FPMT-registered teacher who has led dharma courses and retreats in New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, India and Germany. As well as offering regular guided meditations and Dharma talks at Lawudo, next year she will be leading three seven-day retreats titled ‘Brightening Your Inner Clarity – Mindfulness Retreats’ at Lawudo, supplemented by guided pilgrimages in Kathmandu. The dates & contact details are:

- 13th April to 4th May ~ contact:
This retreat is almost full, just 4 spaces left.
- 1st to 21st September ~ contact:
This retreat and pilgrimage will be fully in Spanish.
- 2nd to 22nd October ~ contact:
This retreat will include mindful Yoga lead by Annie McGhee.

Download a message from Ven Khadro.

New kitchen equipment donated

In March 2018, MaryEllen Kirkpatrick and her husband Doug joined Ven Robina on the Lawudo Trek. While they were there, some discussions began about how to improve the living conditions at Lawudo. The old stove in the Lawudo kitchen was a workhorse but terribly smoky, filling not only the kitchen with fumes but the living quarters above as well. What began as some ideas for DIY fixes became a proposal for some serious infrastructure work – electricity, kitchen and water improvements, easier access toilets, and more. All these projects are being run under the auspices of The Bodhichitta Trust. Download MaryEllen’s latest bulletin from Lawudo, October 18.

Ven Amy Miller reflects on her pilgrimage to Lawudo, October 2018

“It was only a week before our journey to Lawudo when my sister called me from England and mentioned how much she admired what I was undertaking - leading a group of 23 people up to this remote retreat center in the Solu Khumbu (Mt. Everest region) of Nepal. When I hung up the phone, I realized how much I’d been in denial about what we were undertaking. Of course it was all well planned, thought out and supported, but when traveling to a high elevation, in a remote area with incredibly challenging terrain, dire things can happen. I swallowed my trepidation and forged ahead, landing in Nepal on September 28th 2018. Download Venerable Amy's full report including photos.

Circambulate Australia for Lawudo!

From 10 March to 7 April 2020, Ven Robina Courtin will lead a unique vacation-retreat that will combine teachings, meditation, yoga, and the pleasure of the open sea with the aim of raising at least $30,000 for Lawudo by circumnavigating – or rather, circumambulating! - Australia on the luxurious Sea Princess cruise ship. You can read more about the cruise and book your place at 

Lawudo Trek 2019 : few places still available

From March 21, 2019 to April 4 2019, Ven. Robina Courtin will lead the third annual 15-day Lawudo Trek from Kopan Monastery to the Lawudo Lama’s cave. The purpose of Lawudo Trek is to raise money and awareness of this holy place, and for each person who joins the trek, US$500 will be donated to Lawudo. To find out more and book a place see

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May Lawudo flourish and bring peace and happiness to the world.

With every good wish from the LoveLawudo team : Ven Katy, Ven Khadro, Alison, Capucine, Nico, Simone and Violette

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