Lama Zopa Rinpoche and OSPL Members
OSPL Members with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the 1990s

Founded in 1986, Osel Shen Phen Ling is one of Missoula, Montana’s oldest Buddhist organizations, providing regular meditation practice, group discussion, and instruction, with workshops led by qualified visiting teachers throughout the year. We are an affiliated center within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a world-wide organization founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe and now under the spiritual direction of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  We practice Buddhadharma in the Tibetan Gelug tradition of Lama Je Tsongkhapa and His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. OSPL is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the state of Montana.

Osel has a rich and long history in Missoula, touching countless people over the years. Recently we’ve lost two of our longest serving members and directors, Deanna Sherriff, who fell ill and moved closer to family, and Bob Jacobson, who passed away suddenly in June 2019. Please join us as we remember their contributions in the best way possible: by dedicating our practice and the future of our center to attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Board of directors

Bill Pfeiffer, Center Director, Facilitator

Colleen Kane, Spiritual Program Coordinator, CCT Instructor

Melanie Trost, Secretary

Ed Wrzesien, Treasurer

Fran McDurmott – Gompa Manager