Welcome to Tsogyal Latso,

Birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet. 

 

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yeshe tsogyal

...is a female buddha who incarnated as a wisdom dakini in the 8th century. Revered as the most famous enlightened woman and practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet, Yeshe Tsogyal's legacy is the wisdom of the Enlightened Feminine.  

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The Tsogyal nuns

...are a stable community of nuns living at Tsogyal Latso. They uphold the legacy of Yeshe Tsogyal through caring for her birthplace, ecological symbols and, their practice of Tara, Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo (Yeshe Tsogyal) and Throma.

About Yeshe Tsogyal

 

Yeshe Tsogyal was the chief disciple and consort of the Indian master Padmasambhava during the 8th century in central Tibet. A master or guru in her own right, Tsogyal preserved Padmasambhava's  teachings and demonstrated the path to enlightenment through the example of her own life.

Yeshe Tsogyal, whose name means Victorious Ocean of Wisdom, is said to have lived 211 years. Centuries later, she is still revered as the epitome of all the female buddhas and beloved mother of the Tibetan people. It is predicted that she will have a billion emanations of compassion for the benefit of all beings.

Although the culture of her time no longer exists, she continues to benefit the world through her wisdom. Her autobiography is lauded as a story "as lovely as the music gandharavas play upon their lutes." Not only a literary masterpiece, Tsogyal's story is also an archetypal guide to the path of spiritual awakening through the practices of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism.

Her autobiography, published as Mother of Knowledge by Tarthung Tulku in 1983, was written by Tsogyal in a symbolic dakini script and hidden as a treasure. It was later discovered and transcribed into Tibetan by Taksham Samten Lingpa in the 17th century. A second English translation became available in 2002 as Lady of the Lotus Born, Padmakara Translation Group.

 

The Tsogyal Nuns

 

After the devastation of the Cultural Revolution, Tsogyal Latso was re-established as a sacred site. The nunnery, founded by Khandro Tare Lhamo and her consort, was built to spearhead the reconstruction and development of Yeshe Tsogyal's birthplace. Today, Tsogyal Latso houses sixteen nuns who dedicate themselves to caring for the unique legacy of Yeshe Tsogyal.

 

 

At Tsogyal Latso, Tibet

 

Cradled in a valley surrounded by the legendary mountain abodes of the female buddhas Saraswasti and Vajra Varahi, Tsogyal Latso lies southeast of Lhasa, in southern Tibet.

The sacred ecology of Yeshe Tsogyal includes her visionary life-force lake, two artesian springs that flow with the healing waters of her "breast milk," and a life-force tree that nourished her as a baby. Inside the temple, there are precious stone impressions of her hands and feet, a statue, and a limb from the life-force tree.

In the 14th century, the great master Jigme Lingpa made an offering to Tsogyal's life force lake. Sacred symbols appeared on the surface of the water. Later, he decoded them as the renowned Yeshe Tsogyal, Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo, sadhana of the Longchen Nyingthik. This continues to be the primary meditation practice at Tsogyal Latso.

 
Life Force Lake of Yeshe Tsogyal

Life Force Lake of Yeshe Tsogyal

Life Force Tree of Yeshe Tsogyal

Life Force Tree of Yeshe Tsogyal

Stone Impression of Yeshe Tsogyal's Hand

Stone Impression of Yeshe Tsogyal's Hand

Breast Milk Springs of Yeshe Tsogyal

Breast Milk Springs of Yeshe Tsogyal