2017 Scholarship Application Period Now Open.

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).

The Spring application period is now open until May 15, 2017. Awards will be announced July 1.

We welcome applications from 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. 

Limited Fine Art Prints Now Available

Jnanasukha Foundation commissioned Leslie Nguyen Temple to create this silk and brocade applique thangka because there are few images of Yeshe Tsogyal as a human wisdom dakini.

Learn more about this thangka, view of video of how it was made and purchase.

Jnanasukha Foundation commissioned master thangka painter Kumar Lama to create this for the Dudjom Dakini Heart Essence (Khandro Thuk Thik). Lama Tharchin Rinpoche guided and supervised the work and consulted with Thinley Norbu Rinpoche who gave permission to be depicted and specified how he should appear.

Learn more and purchase.

Life & Visions of Yeshe Tsogyal: Book Cover

Delighted to share the beautiful book cover for the secret biography of Yeshe Tsogyal, scheduled to publish in August, as, The Life & Visions of Yeshe Tsogyal: The Autobiography of the Great Wisdom Queen. This cover image was provided by Jnanasukha Foundation and was taken at Samye in Tibet.

On September 15, 2016, we announced the manuscript was accepted by Shambhala Publications. Now, the final proofs are expected next week. The last step will be the indexing which we've contracted to our translator, Chonyi Drolma.

We're also very pleased that the book will feature nineteen black and white images related to the life of Yeshe Tsogyal taken during our pilgrimages to the sacred sites of her life story in central Tibet.

Would you like to donate at this time to make a special connection with this book and help with the cost of indexing?

From Shambhala—New & Forthcoming

This secret life story of Yeshé Tsogyal presents a valuable and unique perspective that is quite a departure from any other account of this remarkable woman. Described as a “secret life story,” its many layers include an outer account—detailing her birth, family, and societal constraints—an inner account that begins as she meets and escapes captivity with Guru Rinpoché, and a secret account as she enters twelve years of retreat at Chimpu only to miraculously journey to Oddiyana.

The role of women and womanhood is notable throughout her life story. Her desire for independence is at odds with her desirability as a woman, leading to numerous tragic incidents early in life. Finally meeting Guru Rinpoché, she decries her status as a woman. This sort of gendered humility, a recurring theme, is juxtaposed with her assertion that despite being a woman, and low-born (skye ba dman), she has a high regard for herself anyway. It is a magical woman who guides her to Oddiyana, and her travels there are filled with primarily female companions. In the end, she remains Guru Rinpoché’s primary disciple and doctrinal custodian.

Her experiences, while perhaps intense and fantastical, include the same elements of challenge, learning, and progress that all practitioners must experience. During her adventures in Oddiyana, Yeshé Tsogyal receives the same core teachings on faith, impermanence, and fortitude that are essential for anyone following this spiritual path.

The story concludes with lists of teachings received and Guru Rinpoché’s prophecies for her and other disciples. Among his disciples, Yeshé Tsogyal recounted this life story to Ben-dé Sangyé Yeshé, who is later reincarnated as Treasure-Revealer Drimé Kunga, who revealed this text.


Grant and Donation for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche Heritage Foundation

In December 2016, Jnanasukha Foundation made an offering of $2,000 to the Lama Tharchin Rinpoche Heritage Foundation to support a long term project to publish Rinpoche's oral teachings on His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's A Heart Jewel for the Fortunate: Great Perfection Pointing Out Instructions.

We also awarded a grant of $500 toward the publication of Rinpoche's oral teachings on a guru yoga sadhana he composed entitled, The Excellent Treasure Vase of Blessings: A Tantra of Ultimate Meaning for Accomplishing Oneself as a Spiritual Master. Expected publication is early 2017.

We would like to thank Pema Dechen for her excellent work on these publications (and more!) and all Jnanasukha Foundation donors for making this possible.

May all beings benefit!

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche publications are available at Heart Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and at http://www.dharmatreasures.com/lama-tharchin-rinpoche/

July 4- 22, 2017 Pilgrimage to Tibet

Today, on Dudjom Rinpoche's 30th Parinirvana Anniversary, the Foundation is happy to announce our July 2017 Pilgrimage to Tibet!

Everything's in place for a sacred 19-days in Tibet for 12 pilgrims, including Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo and Dechen Chodon, pilgrimage manager.

Everything's on the website at www.sangha-journeys.com

Everything's ready to assist you in making this journey if it's right for you!

Where are we going?
Lhasa (Jokhang, Ramoche, Potala, Lukhang), Tsetang Tsechu Stupa, Samye, Tsogyal Latso, Yamdrok Turquoise Lake, Gyanste Kubum Stupa, Shalu, Rong Puk, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash (3-day circumambulation), Manasarovar Lake and Guge Kingdom!

Head on over to the website and see if this is right for you. We're happy to answer your questions and help you in making travel arrangements.

Countless Rays of Benefit Year-End 2016

2017 is our 15th Anniversary and We're Ready!

It's always best to start with inspiration, right? This year, we're communicating the aspiration of Countless Rays of Blessings, our year-end fundraiser, with the wisdom of Longchenpa on simultaneously cultivating benefit for oneself and others and showcasing it with a award-winning time-lapse video of blooming flowers. You'll love it!

The Tsogyal Center is Here

Teachings are important but putting them into practice is also important. Lama Yeshe Wangmo, you have a plan to make this happen and I’m truly happy.
— Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, 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.

With Best Wishes,
Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo