One tree planted for Lama Zopa Rinpoche

December 3, last week, was a special day for our Brazilian coordinator.

Matheus Pangracio Italiano celebrated the life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche (who died earlier this year at 76 years old), by planting a tree. Matheus believes “that we can make a difference planting trees and sharing the Dharma which is the combination of love, compassion and wisdom”.

It was during a course at Kopan Monastery that Matheus met Lama Zopa.

“This course changed my life. It showed me how much responsibility I have towards changing myself. Lama Zopa cared deeply for animals and the planet while he lived. He lived his life in service of others, so that everyone could be happy and free from suffering.

I planted this tree as a tribute to him and his teachings which are a true example of how to live one’s life. Even dead, he continues to encourage us to care for other beings, humans, animals, and all the small creatures that we can’t even see.”


Thank you so much, Matheus, for planting this tree and for sharing your intentions with us. May this tree grow healthy and strong.

If you are from Brazil and would like to be in touch with Matheus, reach out to him using this email address:

And if you also plant trees in memory of a loved one, please tell us your story by filling out this simple report. We look forward to hearing from you!


Who:Matheus Pangracio Italiano
Why:For the swift return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Where:Campo Largo, Brazil
When:December 3, 2023
What kind of Trees:Polyscias guilfoylei
How many:

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