Regular purification practices help us to maintain our mindstreams free of karmic clutter, and practicing together as a group increases their energy and impact. Join us tomorrow morning for Vajrasattva mantra recitation with Desmond Hosford!
💫Short visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s sister, Jetsun Pema, and her husband 💫
Sunday, Nov. 11th @ 10:00 - 11:00 AM
We are delighted and honored to announce that Jetsun Pema, the younger sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and and her husband, Tenpa Tsering, former member of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and currently director of the India and East Asia of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will be paying a brief visit to Kurukulla Center on Sunday, November 11th.
We expect Jetsun Pema-la and her husband to arrive at the Center shortly after 10:00 am. They will join us in the Gompa for a brief talk.
Please join us to give our honored guests a warm welcome to the Center!
Biography of Jetsun Pema Jetsun Pema was born in Lhasa in 1940, was sent to study in India in 1949 prior to China’s 1950 invasion of Tibet, and also studied Switzerland and England before returning to India in 1964. At the behest of her elder brother His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, she took over the responsibility of directing the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala until her retirement in 2006. Known as “Ama-la” (Respected Mother) by the children, she became the moving force and mother of thousands of destitute and orphaned Tibetan children. Under her leadership, the Tibetan Children’s Village has become one of the most successfully flourishing Tibetan institutions in exile. Today, TCV projects in India overlook the wellbeing of more than 15,000 children and youth in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet every year, with branches extending from Ladakh in the north to Bylakuppe in South India.
In 1990, Jetsun Pema became the first Tibetan woman minister in the Central Tibetan Administration, where she served until her retirement from that post in 1993. In 1996, she wrote an autobiography, called “Tibet: My Story”. In the 1997 movie Seven Years in Tibet, based on the book by Heinrich Harrer, Jetsun portrayed her real-life mother in the film as the mother of the young 14th Dalai Lama.
Among her many awards and honors, the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies awarded her the title "Mother of Tibet" in 1995, in recognition of her dedication and service to Tibetan children. In 1999, she received the Medal of UNESCO in acknowledgement of her selfless support and dedication to the cause of needy children, and in 2018, the Government of India presented to her its highest civilian honor for women, the Naari Shakti Puraskar, for her outstanding contributions to women’s empowerment.
Biography of Tenpa Tsering Tenpa Tsering was born in 1950 in Drumpa, Gyaltse Tibet. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, he and his family escaped into exile in India, where he was the first Tibetan to graduate from Madras Christian College in Chennai. He was later elected as a member and advisor of the Central Executive Committee of the Tibetan Youth Congress. In 1973 he joined the Tibetan Civil Service, where he served in numerous posts until 1999. He was then elected by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile as minister of the Central Tibetan Administration, Department of Home from 2000-2001.
Tenpa Tsering served as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi from 2005-2016. Currently he is the director, India and East Asia of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet. ... See MoreSee Less