Our activities bring Yeshe Tsogyal into our lives.

There is no end to my vow of practice & training.
—Yeshe Tsogyal
 

from LAMA YESHE WANGMO:

In 2002, when I created The Jnanasukha Foundation, I was not aware of the potential I was tapping into. It turned out to be nothing less than Yeshe Tsogyal's activities! But at the time, I was merely thinking of how to fund the translation of five hundred pages of her teachings, The Dakini Heart Essence compendium.

After the translation project, opportunities just started coming. The most important was the rise of Internet technology and the most surprising, was my karmic connection with Tsogyal Latso, Tsogyal's birthplace in Tibet.

Fast forward to now, and every year is filled with amazement and gratitude for the Foundation's unfolding fields of activity and the growing global sangha we serve.

And. . . the work is often lots of fun! When stumbling blocks and challenges arise, the Directors come together. We brainstorm, adjust and innovate. And through it all, we know that Yeshe Tsogyal will illuminate our path. Tashi Delek!                             

 
 

Vajrayana world:

My dream is to live in a vajrayana world— contemplatively and culturally— seamlessly, on and off the cushion.

I have all the confidence this is possible if we commit to learning, practice, meaningful dialogue and trusting auspicious connections.

 

The purpose of Vajrayana World is to inspire and promote the understanding of Vajrayana Buddhism in both its classical and contemporary aspects and to promote community sharing and conversation.

Please join me!
 —Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

the tsogyal center online:

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The Tsogyal Center is an online platform for Jnanasukha Foundation’s Joyful Lotus Grove of Scripture & Realization, inaugurated by Repkong Lama Tsedrup Tharchin Rinpoche in 2010.

Cyberspace is now part of everyone's life and should be used to offer and share meaningful buddhadharma.

Online or offline, Dharma begins as a rethinking of ideas and notions—which is why education is important. In Vajrayana, the highest

 

 wisdom arises through scriptural learning and personal realization, i.e., through education and practice. For the Nyingma, they are equally important. In Tibet, the plan was to attend a Dharma college for five years and then to practice in retreat for another five years. Clearly, we don't have these circumstances, yet, I believe we can learn and practice well and be happy in our dharmic circumstances.

Partial scholarships available upon application on the Tsogyal Center website.

Please join me!
 —Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Tsogyal latso:

Tsogyal Latso is the birthplace of Yeshe Tsogyal in Central Tibet.

The Foundation is committed to protecting and developing Tsogyal Latso, a unique sacred site of the enlightened feminine in our world.

After the Cultural Revolution, Tsogyal Latso was re-established by Khandro Tare Lhamo.

Today, the Tsogyal nuns maintain the legacy of Yeshe Tsogyal through caring for her birthplace and their contemplative practice of Tara, Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo, Yeshe Tsogyal and Throma.

Benefit All Projects:

In 2015, the Foundation began to fund projects and organizations related to our purpose of expressing the wisdom and compassion of Yeshe Tsogyal.

In making this giving activity a new priority for the Foundation and setting up the legal structure to support it, we hope to attract significant donations and bequests in order to grow our funding capacity and increase our impact in a wider field.

Our 2016 grant recipients include:

  • The Lama Tharchin Rinpoche Heritage Foundation, California
  • Zabtrul Rinpoche Guru Rinpoche statue at Zabbulung, Tibet, where Tsogyal attained the rainbow body.
  • Idaho Food Bank Backpack Program to feed hungry school children.

scholarships:

In 2015, Jnanasukha Foundation created a scholarship program to help individuals further their study and practice in the Nyingma tradition, especially the Dudjom New Treasures (Tersar) and The Dakini Heart Essence (Khandro Thuk Thik). Awards up to US$500 are available twice a year. There are no restrictions to the number of awards an applicant may receive.

We welcome applications from individuals around the world. Preference is given to those who have studied and practiced Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism for at least 10 years, who have completed or will complete the traditional three-year retreat and to monastics.

Scholarships are awarded for attending teaching programs or for personal or group retreats under the supervision of a lineage lama. Preference given to Dudjom and Nyingma affiliations. 

Scholarships are not awarded for at-home personal retreats or expenses such as meals and transportation.

Scholarships are paid to the program's host organization, not the scholarship recipient. 

Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Applicants may be asked to schedule a video conference, submit a letter of recommendation from their teacher and/or submit further documentation.

Applications are accepted online from April 15-May 31 and September 15 - October 31. Candidates will be notified of awards on July 1 and December 1.

 

Translation:

The original purpose for establishing the Foundation was to translate the Dakini Heart Essence compendium into English. Over eighteen months, 500 pages—the complete MA volume 16 of the Dudjom New Treasures collection—were translated by Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo and Heidi Nevin, guided by Lama Tsering Gyaltsen Rinpoche. This body of work is now available to practitioners according to their level of practice and forms the basis of the Foundation's teaching activities.

 

 

 

The Foundation has translated several other texts and pilgrimage guides.

In 2015, the Foundation commissioned Chonyi Drolma, translator of Dudjom Lingpa's autobiography (A Clear Mirror) to translate The Secret Biography of Yeshe Tsogyal discovered by the 14th century treasure revealer, Drime Kunga. This book will be published as The Life & Visions of Yeshe Tsogyal: Autobiography of the Great Wisdom Queen, August 22, 2017 under the Snow Lion imprint of Shambhala Publications

 

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Sacred ART:

Sacred Art is one of nirmanakaya's four manifestational powers. Its purpose is to awaken the experience of ultimate truth. The Foundation has commissioned two original works.

In 2008, the Dakini Heart Essence Refuge Thangka was painted by artist Kumar Lama in consultation with Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

In 2015, a Yeshe Tsogyal Nirmanakaya applique thangka was created by artist Leslie Nguyen Temple in consultation with Lama Yeshe Wangmo and the Rubin Museum of Art.

Please visit our Store for quality giclee reproductions and photographic reproductions. (future link to the store)

Dakini Heart Essence Refuge, Kumar Lama

Dakini Heart Essence Refuge, Kumar Lama

Nirmanakaya Yeshe Tsogyal, Leslie Nguyen-Temple

Nirmanakaya Yeshe Tsogyal, Leslie Nguyen-Temple

about

You pray to me, the Mother, unceasingly, but it is the expanse of Great Bliss
that grants blessings.
—Yeshe Tsogyal

About Yeshe Tsogyal:

Samye fresco, Tibet

Samye fresco, Tibet

At all times, she abides timelessly in the indestructible form of her rainbow body, pervading all the reaches of space and benefiting beings.

Yeshe Tsogyal was the chief disciple and consort of the Indian master Padmasambhava during the 8th century in central Tibet. A master or guru in her own right, Tsogyal preserved Padmasambhava's teachings and demonstrated the path to enlightenment through the example of her own life.

Yeshe Tsogyal, whose name means Victorious Ocean of Wisdom, is said to have lived 211 years. Centuries later, she is still revered as the epitome of all the female buddhas and beloved mother of the Tibetan people. She promised her disciples to send a billion self-emanations of compassion to benefit of beings.

Although the culture of her time no longer exists, she continues to benefit the world through her wisdom. Her autobiography is lauded as a story "as lovely as the music gandharavas play upon their lutes". Not only a literary masterpiece, Tsogyal's story is also an archetypal guide to the path of spiritual awakening through the practices of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism.

Her autobiography, published as Mother of Knowledge by Tarthang Tulku in 1983, was written by Tsogyal in a symbolic dakini script and hidden as a treasure. It was later discovered and transcribed into Tibetan by Taksham Samten Lingpa in the 17th century. A second English translation became available in 2002 as Lady of the Lotus Born, Padmakara Translation Group.

In her non-manifest dharmakaya aspect, Yeshe Tsogyal is Samantabhadri or Prajnaparamita. In her subtle sambhogakaya aspect, she is the great wisdom dakini, Vajra Yogini. In her manifest nirmanakaya aspect, she continually benefits beings in inconceivable ways.

In the pure lands, she is Saraswasti and at the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, she lived as Ganga Devi, custodian of the Mahayana teachings.

In Tibet, she was the noble Lady of Kharchen. Throughout the Himalaya and in the minds of destined ones, she concealed countless treasures or termas to be discovered in the future, even to the present day!

At all times, she abides timelessly in the indestructible form of her rainbow body, pervading all the reaches of space and benefiting beings.

Resources:

Prayer to the Life Story of Yeshe Tsogyal, Jamgon Kongtrul download

Prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal by Khandro Tare Lhamo download

Prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal by Mipham Rinpoche download

Prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal by Karmapa download

Tsogyal's Prayer to Guru Rinpoche As He Left Tibet download

sangha journeys in tibet

Photo Woeser Phel, Road to Tibet Travel

Photo Woeser Phel, Road to Tibet Travel

Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, Padmasambhava, the Greeks, Mayans, Jesus,  and Mohammad have all praised the value of pilgrimage. In Buddhism, it is an excellent method of purification and illumination.

For Western Buddhists, pilgrimage is particularly important because not living in a Buddhist culture, we are in danger of developing a mere intellectual grasp of Dharma rather than absorbing it as a way of life leading to authentic illumination.

Since 2009, the Foundation has offered annual pilgrimages to the sacred sites of the Nyingma and the life story of Yeshe Tsogyal in central Tibet.

For onsite ground arrangements in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), we are proud to partner with Woeser Phel and Road to Tibet Travel Service. www.roadtotibet.com