On September 24, 1988, Jetsunma was the first western woman to be officially recognized and enthroned as a Lineage Holder in a Tibetan tradition. Transformation was everywhere! Buddhist altars, statues and decorations filled the temple. A mandala was in progress. Prayer wheels and Stupas were being built outside. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was giving a 3-month series of empowerments, which he had only given in Tibet. There were traditional instruments and ceremonies completely foreign to westerners. On the day of the enthronement, a NY Times reporter and TV crews mixed with Lamas, and newly ordained monks and nuns tried to look comfortable in shaved heads and unwieldly robes. Everyone was filled with excitement, delight, awe and a little fear.
How much has changed! Jetsunma has created the largest ordained Buddhist sangha in America, built the most Stupas, and changed the world in ways we may never know. Let’s celebrate together this miraculous event! (Everything will be webcast live)
Sunday, September 24, 2017
11 am – Lopon Pem Tsheri Sherpa will teach on “The Bodhisattva Way of Life”
2 pm – Yumka Dakini tsog – Lopon Pem will do some sections in English and add commentary. Please bring wonderful, easily edible offerings.
4-5 pm – Enjoy your tsog while hearing a short talk about the upcoming building project for the new temple. Be inspired by the vision of a beautiful future temple. Ask questions to resolve any confusion so you can joyfully move with Jetsunma into the future. Imagine accomplishing something we have long needed that will accommodate so many more sangha. Imagine enjoying the process. Imagine bringing comfort and refuge to sangha we don’t even know yet – maybe future best friends! “When we build it, they will come!”
The gathering will be casual, open, honest and informative. Don’t miss it!