Alyce Zeoli, known as Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, is the founder of Kunzang Palyul Chöling Buddhist temple. In 1987, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the head of the Palyul lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, surprised the world by recognizing Alyce Zeoli, an American woman from Brooklyn, NY, as a tulku, or reincarnate teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Given the name “Ahkon Norbu Lhamo” and the title “Jetsunma,”an honorific associated with Tara, the female Buddha, her enthronement marked the first time a Western woman had been acknowledged in this way.
His Holiness authorized Jetsunma to teach dharma in America directly from her own realization, without having to spend years sequestered in a monastery to learn all of the Tibetan texts and practices. She has taught extensively on compassion, meditation, the nature of mind and the importance of relying on a spiritual master. Jetsunma’s down-to-earth style makes ancient spiritual concepts immediately and directly available to modern western students.