Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo
Born in Montreal, Canada, her Buddhist path began with meeting the 16th Karmapa in 1977 and soon completing a three-year retreat in New York State under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche. In 1992, she was enthrones as a lama in the Dudjom Nyingma lineage by Repkong Tsedrup Tharchin Rinpoche.
She was an original member of Kalu Rinpoche’s International Translation Group formed in 1986. More recently, togther with colleagues, she led the translation of the 550 pages of Dudjom Rinpoche’s volume 16, his mind treasure, Dakini Heart Essence.
In 2002, she founded Jnanasukha to bring awareness to the feminine principle of sacred openness—the source of everything which is praised as the wisdom of the female buddhas. In 2010, she established The Tsogyal Latso Fund and The Pearl Mala global community to care for Tsogyal Latso, the birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in central Tibet and the nuns living there. When circumstances allow, she leads pilgrimages to the historical sites of Yeshe Tsogyal and the Nyingma lineage in Tibet.
A twenty-eight year resident of Hawaii, Lama divides her time between online activities, on-site programs, translation, research, fundraising for Tsogyal Latso in Tibet, and personal retreat.