We bring the reality of Yeshe Tsogyal into the now world through seven fields of activity.
from our founder:
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!
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:
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 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.
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).
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.
Candidates must demonstrate financial need and be committed to a program of learning and/or retreat under a lama's guidance.
Awards up to US$500 are available twice a year. There are no restrictions to the number of awards an applicant may receive. In general, the Foundation will send awards directly to host organizations and institutions and not to individuals.
Applications are accepted online from April 15-May 31. Candidates may be asked to schedule a video conference to discuss their application, submit a letter of recommendation from a lineage teacher and/or submit further documentation. Candidates will be notified of awards on July 1.
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
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)
sangha journeys in tibet
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