mandalacGonpo Ludup is a study group of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers and activities, founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, and under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We aspire to bring Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to Southern California.

FPMT study groups are groups which are using this status as a probationary period before a group becomes a legal entity and a full FPMT center. FPMT Study Groups are not yet affiliated with the FPMT, and therefore do not have the same responsibilities as a center, financially or administratively. FPMT Study Groups are required to work towards becoming an FPMT center within a period of two years.