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Do We Know How to Be Happy?

Do We Know How to Be Happy?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Faults of Cyclic Existence”

When we broaden our view and look out, we see that this is happening to a greater or lesser degree to all sentient beings. All sentient beings are striving to be happy. They wish to be happy, [...]

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Astrology for 8/27/2014

8/27/2014 Wednesday by Norma

Be aware that all your wonderfulness won’t get you what you want today, but your actual contribution will! Correct yourself or accept other people’s opinions and corrections and you will come out in a better place. Matthieu Ricard said, “Simplifying our lives does not mean sinking into idleness, but getting rid [...]

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Looking for Happiness

Looking for Happiness

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Faults of Cyclic Existence”

If we broaden our perspective, we look out from our own self-absorption into our immediate environment which is generally pretty easy for most of us. We have friends and relatives that we don’t mind increasing our space [...]

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Astrology for 8/26/2014

8/26/2014 Tuesday by Norma

Feeling proud? Something will shrink your ego down to reasonable proportions today. However if you work hard to perform your job, kudos are yours. Your choice! Keep your nose to the grindstone and experience the satisfaction of a job well done. Three planets in Virgo reflect people running around tending to [...]

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About Us

The contributors to this website include Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, guest dharma teachers of the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition including tulkus and khenpos, as well as Jetsunma’s students who are both ordained (monks and nuns) and lay practitioners.

We’d like to hear from you!  You can either leave a comment on our blog or email us at kpc@tara.org

A Brief Biography of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

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Jetsunma Akhon Norbu Lhamo was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1949.  Born Alyce L. Zeoli, she had neither grown up in a Buddhist culture nor received a classic Buddhist education. Yet she recalls a spiritual yearning for as long as she can remember. She prayed often for a way to fulfill the spiritual potential she felt. When she was 19, she had a series of dreams that offered her very precise instructions on how to meditate. She followed these methods that arose in her mind, and practiced for the next 12 years.

Jetsunma met His Holiness Penor Rinpoche for the first time in 1985 during his visit to the United States. Penor Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Dzongnang Rinpoche agreed that Alyce Zeoli was indeed the reincarnation of Genyenma Akhon Lhamo, the sister of Rigdzin Kunzang Sherab, the First Throneholder of the Palyul lineage.

In 1988, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche traveled to Jetsunma’s center in Poolesville, MD, which he named Kunzang Palyul Odsal Changchub Choling (KPC) and enthroned her as Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo.  Her recognition and enthronement marked the first time ever that a Western woman had been so recognized.

In 1994, His Holiness Kusum Lingpa, a Nyingma master and terton, further recognized Jetsunma as Lhacham Mandarava, the Indian consort of Padmasambhava.  In 2004, His Holiness Ngawang Tenzin, at the time the Dorje Lopon, or chief religious official, of Bhutan, reiterated this identification with Mandarava.

Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo has received empowerments, oral transmissions, and pith instructions including the entire cycle of the Rinchen Terzod, Nyingma Kama, and Namcho.  Jetsunma received the Kalachakra from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Bylakuppe, the Dudjom Tersar from Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche; and the Ratna Lingpa and Nying Thik Yabshi from Yangthang Tulku.

The organization that Jetsunma founded as the World Prayer Center in 1985 has been known since 1988 by the name that Penor Rinpoche conferred, Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC), with Jetsunma as the Spiritual Director. Since her recognition and enthronement, Jetsunma has guided the center’s transition to a more conventional Vajrayana Buddhist path following the Palyul monastic tradition. Toward that end, she has hosted all of the major lamas from Palyul Monastery, as well as many others from the Nyingma and Kagyu schools, to give the traditional transmissions and commentaries. In April 1985, Jetsunma and her students began the 24 Hour Prayer Vigil at KPC, dedicated to the end of suffering for all sentient beings.  The Prayer Vigil continues unbroken to the present day.

In addition to teaching the Dharma, building stupas in Maryland and Arizona, and guiding meditation retreats, Jetsunma has long championed animal rescue.  She founded Tara’s Babies Animal Welfare for dogs, and the Garuda Aviary for abused and abandoned parrots. Jetsunma directs an outreach program for Buddhist Study groups in the Maryland State Prison system.  Jetsunma also uses musicto propagate the Dharma.  In April 1985, Jetsunma and her students began the 24 Hour Prayer Vigilat KPC, dedicated to the end of suffering for all sentient beings.  The Prayer Vigil continues unbroken to the present day.

To read more about Jetsunma, visit Tara.org.

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