Vision + Mission Statement

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Therefore, the more you live in pure ordination, the less negative karma you create. By renouncing life as a householder and living as Sangha, not only do you create less negative karma, but you also cut down a lot on external work and other activities. This leaves you much more time for meditation and study; you have fewer distractions. Thus, there are many advantages to being ordained: more time to study and meditate, more time to develop your mind.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche


The guiding vision of International Mahayana Institute is to provide people all over the world who want to practice the Buddhist path as a monk or nun with places to be and ways to do that.

Mission Statement

IMI is an FPMT community empowered to respond to, and take care of the needs of its family of monks and nuns through the development of quality education programs, harmonious monastic communities, effective communications, financial support, and advocacy.

As emissaries of Buddhism (teachers, spiritual caregivers, ritual practitioners, meditators, retreat leaders, counselors), IMI members inspire others through their speech and behaviour and provide the opportunity for lay practitioners to integrate respect and support for Sangha into their practice of Buddhism.

The IMI community contributes to world peace and individual spiritual growth by keeping the Buddha’s teachings alive, inspiring others with values of ethical behavior, tolerance, compassion and wisdom.

IMI is known for taking especially good care of its community and for the qualities of its monks and nuns and their contribution to happiness in the world.

IMI is distinct in preserving the unique lineage of Lama Tsong Khapa, integrating study and practice as manifested by its teachers, HH Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe all the while adapting to various cultures and situations around the world.