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Calling to the Guru – Yeshe Tsogyal

The following is an excerpt from Mother of Knowledge translated by Tarthang Tulku

Yeshe Tsogyal is calling out to Guru Rinpoche as he prepares to leave Tibet to tame the land of savages:

The sun that warms the land of Tibet, shining over both gods and men, has set. Now who will warm us, […]

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Astrology for 1/26/2015

1/26/2015 Monday by Norma

A discrete conversation with an important person stabilizes matters. Use the heightened sensitivity of the times to work things out in private, to make deals with important people. No need to trumpet what’s happening, keep it under your hat. A woman makes a financial decision or purchase that bothers the boss. […]

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Bit by Bit: Cultivating Compassion

Bit by Bit: Cultivating Compassion

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “The Habit of Bodhicitta”

We have been revolving in cyclic existence for literally aeons and all during that time, in some form or another, we have conceived the idea of self-nature. Our habit, then, is to hold the idea of self-nature […]

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Astrology for 1/25/2015

1/25/2015 Sunday by Norma

Fun is coming your way today, and you’re ready for it. Dress up and represent yourself and all you stand for; be aware that your appearance is persuasive so make the most of yourself. Jim Clotfelder spoke of a woman who was so beautiful that, “All she had to do was […]

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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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