We Are Not Shantideva
Q&A with Tenzin Ösel Hita

The great master embodied the path to inner freedom but, for most of us, our everyday lives are challenging. Anxiety, low self-esteem, and self-centeredness are growing in our communities. Many people experience struggles with various attachments and addictions, emotional disorders, and/or depression. How can we cope with these difficult issues? How can we shift from just surviving to thriving?


About the Teacher

Tenzin Ösel Hita is the recognized incarnation of FPMT’s founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe. He is a 21st-century radical freethinker, humanitarian, documentary filmmaker, musician, friend, life-long student, a former Buddhist monk and a father. In September 2017, Ösel welcomed his son Tenzin Norbu into the world. Early in his life, he was known as “Lama Ösel”, but today he prefers to be called “Ösel.”

In 1991, at the age of seven, Ösel began his monastic education at Sera Je Monastery in southern India where he simultaneously received private tutoring in Western subjects. He continued his studies there until 2003, when he relocated to Victoria, British Columbia, to engage in a traditional Western education

Since 2010, Ösel has been offering talks at various FPMT centers around the world. He also led a pilgrimage in India and Nepal in 2015. There, he organized a charitable organization to help provide relief and rebuild Nepal following the April 2015 earthquake. Ösel is the founder of the Global Tree Initiative: plantgrowsave.org. His website, one-big-love.com, is where you can find his very active blog page, as well as an archive of video teachings, current schedule plus other news. Ösel is currently the director of Tushita Centro de Meditacion in Arbúcies (Girona), Spain.

Global Tree Initiative