I initially took refuge summer 2008 at Shambhala Mountain Center and was inspired to go deeper along this path. In January 2010 I went to India and Nepal where I met my root lama, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and following that, His Holiness Karmapa. My life changed dramatically after those meetings. I volunteered at Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's center at Gomde Austria the following year (2011) and then volunteered at KTD (2012), His Holiness' North American seat. That fall, I emptied out my 401k to live for as long as possible in Nepal and India in order to learn Dharma. I received empowerments and teachings from His Holiness Karmapa, Kyabje Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kyabje Chokling Rinpoche, Kyabje Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Kyabje Phakchok Rinpoche, Kyabje Yangthang Rinpoche, the Venerable 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche, Kyabje Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Kyabje Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and Kyabje Kalu Yangsi Rinpoche.
During these years I also did retreats at various places, including Nagi Gompa, Thosamling monastery, Tso Pema, Kalimpong, Bir, and Tashi Jong.
I returned back to the US after the 2015 Nepali earthquake because my parents literally got worried sick.Physically and mentally. I lived with them in Queens for about a year, working at a 12-step recovery-based bookstore, being an extra in TV/films, giving tarot/astrology readings, and writing film reviews in my spare time. I returned to Nepal/India in winter 2016 to receive the 1st cycle of Chokgur Lingpa empowerments from Kyabje Chokling Rinpoche and attended the 34th Kagyu monlam in Bodhgaya.
I am now living back in Baltimore where I first encountered this path through the kind support of the Baltimore Shambhala Center. It's the first time I've been back since 2012, and am currently looking for work while couchsurfing at my generous friend's home.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, His Holiness 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will begin a multiple-year cycle of teachings at Lotus Garden, based on the the great Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam’s classical and profound text on how to rest the mind in natural ease. These teachings will be given during Chökhor Düchen, the day when the Buddha first taught and turned the wheel of Dharma after his enlightenment. At this time, all actions are multiplied 10 million times, a particularly auspicious time to receive such precious teachings.
I will be paying for this course from a savings coffer that will also be covering the cost of other dharma activities, including attending Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's teachings at Garrison Institute at the end of August, and the 35th Kagyu monlam in November, in Bodhgaya. This coffer is unfortunately diminishing due to my current financial situation.
I'm aspiring to return to Bodhgaya for the 35th Kagyu monlam this November and will make butterlamp offerings there for all my supporters and continue to dedicate the merit of my practice for all of you.
$475.00-- cost of this course
$33.00-- 7% Offering Bowl transaction and admin fees
- Judy Dempewolff
- Helen Lee Robertson
- Travis May