Murals Project for the New Temple at Tsogyal Latso Tibet


First-Ever Mural of Yeshe Tsogyal's Life Story!

Mural painting is an important calling in Tibet where temples are regarded as a field of spiritual merit for all. Not only do murals support the practice of the monastics, they remind everyone of their own attainable enlightenment. 

The new temple at Tsogyal Latso was built in 2015, Year of the Wood Sheep. The ground floor, main hall, statues, altars, and seating for nuns and visitors have all been installed. Now it's time for painting the murals! As our video shows, the work has begun. When we visited in July, we met the artists who will be in residence for the next two years, and we received the nuns' request for financial assistance for the murals.

First, there are the traditional entryway murals common to every temple, featuring the Wheel of Life and Four Guardian Kings. The interior murals will consist of the meditational deities of the Longchen Nyingthik cycle of teachings and practices, with a place of honor for Yeshe Tsogyal as Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo in front. The photo in the banner above shows the beginnings of this muralI.

The right side of the temple will feature narrative scenes from the life of Yeshe Tsogyal, based on her biography. Despite her prominent role in Tibetan Buddhism, in the past and to this day, there are hardly any representations of Yeshe Tsogyal as an incarnated dakini, and none honoring her life and accomplishments. It's time!

Scholarship Application Fall 2017 Portal Now Open

Jnanasukha Foundation is now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 portal.

Our scholarship program  was created in 2015 and is made possible through the generosity of donors.

The purpose of our program is to assist individuals in the study and practice of Vajrayana with qualified teachers. Preference is given to the Nyingma tradition of the Dudjom New Treasures (Tersar).

The Fall application portal is now open until October 31. Awards will be announced December 1.

We welcome applications from around the world.

Tashi Delek!
Rikzin Smith, Scholarship Coordinator

Helping Those "Priced Out" of Dharma


Some in the Dharma community live close to a teacher or center. They're very fortunate. But for others, to receive empowerments, teachings and forge that all important link with a lama requires a plane ticket, lodging, a rental car, etc. . . . on top of retreat costs! 

It's troubled me for a long time that many are ‘priced out’ of the Dharma. We’ve all heard stories of just barely being able to make those critical connections. I've lived this experience myself and no doubt, some of you have as well. 

Cyber Dharma goes a long way in dissolving the distance and much of the expense. I‘m very happy to see Jnanasukha and others exploring this new frontier. It brings Dharma and Sangha within reach. Still, the problem remains. There are those occasions and events when you simply have to be physically present.    

This is why I like being part of Jnanasukha's Scholarship Program. I say “part” because most of the weight is carried by our generous donors. 

Jnanasukha scholarships have supported three-year retreatants, sent a single parent to their first retreat in ‘years’, assisted monastics and, helped others make ends meet in order to receive vital Dharma instruction.

Scholarships are awarded semiannually. This Spring, we awarded four and I anticipate being able to do the same in the Fall. The next application period opens September 15 and runs through October 31. To learn more about our scholarships, please go to:

Rikzin Smith
Jnanasukha Scholarship Admin

Tsogyal Latso—Inside the New Temple July 2017

Tsogyal Latso is the birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in eighth century Tibet. Since the end of the Cultural Revolution, this sacred site has been gradually revitalized and expanded through the efforts of dedicated nuns, Tulku Sang Ngak Rinpoche, Khandro Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche, Dorje Drak Rigdzin Yidzhin Norbu and more recently, by a global sangha. In 2015, a new temple was built and the entire complex much improved.

In 2017, a new awning was placed over the sacred life-force lake of Yeshe Tsogyal and the meticulous work of the sacred artwork inside the temple was initiated. This will take two years to complete.This video takes you inside the temple on July 9, 2017. A unique feature in the future will be murals depicting episodes for Yeshe Tsogyal's life story of liberation. and

The Catalogue Project—New Translation Project

The Catalogue Project consists of translating from Tibetan into English the titles of all the texts in A Sky Treasury: The Treasure Writings of Orgyen Jigme Namka Lingpa and Khandro Tare Lhamo.

The titles will appear in Tibetan script, Wylie and English. The number of texts is approximately 600. The Catalogue will be published as a PDF and as a searchable online data base using tags such as authors, genre, topic, deity, and important information gleaned from the colophons. Translator: Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Learn more about the translation project.

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.