New temple, New Moon Today: New Yeshe Tsogyal Thangka!

 Original at The Rubin Museum of Art

Original at The Rubin Museum of Art

The construction of a new temple at Tsogyal Latso Tibet, announced on Buddha Miracle Day March 5th, has inspired us to commission an image of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal as a Tibetan wisdom dakini set against the background of her wondrous birthplace, Tsogyal Latso. Since there are few traditional images of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in existence, we welcome this sacred art which is much wanted, much needed, and long overdue!

Last year, thangka artist, Leslie Nguyen Temple, donated an appliqué thangka of Yeshe Tsogyal's face as a fundraiser for Tsogyal Latso. She also  shared her heart's desire to create a full Yeshe Tsogyal thangka. While living in Tibet and working on the giant thangkas of Tsurphu from 1992 to1997, Leslie became fascinated by a traditional Tibetan art form in which appliqué techniques are mixed with painting.  After meticulously studying this technique, she began adapting it for her own thangkas. Today, her creations span traditional deity thangkas, environmentals, and multi-leveled abstracts. leslie's website

Leslie is the perfect person to create this new image of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal as a Tibetan wisdom dakini. The design is a collaboration with myself and will include sacred elements from Tsogyal Latso where Yeshe Tsogyal was born, such as her life-force lake, life-force tree, breast milk springs, birth stupa and, the the nuns living there today.  It will belong to the cult of beauty for sure!

We look forward to having the thangka with us in a few months. Once framed and photographed, the original will be offered for sale and prints will be available—all proceeds benefiting the new temple at Tsogyal Latso.

Deep appreciation and thanks to all our benefactors—year-end donors, recurring donors, and Pearl Mala donors—for making this sacred art commission possible. May this image bring peace and happiness to all who connect with it! —Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo