Happy Birthday Jetsunma!
Dear Friends, 

Please join us in honoring the birth and extraordinary life of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on June 30th. How fortunate we are to witness Jetsunma's continuous strength of purpose and dedication in supporting Himalayan and Non-Himalayan nuns.

The nuns at her well-established nunnery, Dongyu Gatsal Ling in India, are the main beneficiaries of her life's work: with their basic life needs met and their education a top priority, the conditions are optimal for them to make progress on the spiritual path.

Please consider making a donation to the DGL Nunnery Endowment Fund (tax-deductible for US residents), ensuring that Jetsunma's vision continues to flourish for years to come, creating the opportunity for our Dharma sisters to thrive in their life of service and practice.

May we rejoice in the life and work of Jetsunma and joyfully recognize all that she has selflessly given.

Thank you for your generous support.

Caterina, Chrysanne, Linda, May Ling and Lindsay
DGL Initiatives Board of Directors
While in retreat earlier this year at his monastery in India, Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche had an auspicious dream of Jetsunma and Khamtrul Rinpoche VIII, her root teacher. This inspired Rinpoche to write the following Long Life Prayer and he requested the DGL nuns to recite it regularly.

Right: H.E. The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche
Above: DGL nuns make offerings to Jetsunma during her Long Life Ceremony earlier this year.
A Sarasvatī Song of Delight for the Long Life
of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

The foremost mother of all buddhas, branch of the Vajra (Vajravārahi),
Swift and noble accomplisher marked with wish-fulfilling wheels (White Tara1),
She who bestows abundance, the deathless Uṣṇīṣavijayā
And all supreme long-life deities, bestow virtue and goodness2

You are a field of perfectly pure morality
Laden with bountiful fruits of hearing, contemplating and meditating,
Who wondrously brings forth happiness for all in the three worlds.
Please remain forever as a spiritual friend at the heart of the Practice Lineage!
Utterly stainless and noble vase4 of sacred lineage teachings
Holding the pith of Rechungpa’s lineage of oral instructions,
You who heals the weaknesses in the teachings and in beings,
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, may your lotus feet firmly remain!

By the blessings of the infallible truth of the Three Jewels,
Dusol Lhamo, the Five Tseringma Sisters5 and others,
And by the ocean of activities of the samaya-bound Dharmapālas,
May the unfolding of your excellent deeds shine in the ten directions! 

May the great Nunnery of the ultimate lineage, Dongyu Gatsal Ling,
A deep wellspring of the study and practice of Sutra and Tantra,
Flourish for as long as the sky remains
As a sacred tree of offering for sentient beings throughout the three worlds! 

This supplication prayer for the long life of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was sincerely composed by the one called Chökyi Wangchuk, who wears the crown title of Druk Shabdrung Chökyi Gonpo, on the auspicious day of the new year of the iron ox at his monastery of Dechen Chökor Ling. May this aspiration be realized!
Translation from Tibetan: Elizabeth McDougal (Tenzin Chozom)
1 White Tara is the one among the Twenty-One Taras whose hands and feet are marked with wheels. 
2 More specifically, ordinary and extraordinary siddhi.
3 i.e. the Kagyu lineage.
4 Vase here is a metaphor for Jetsunma’s mind, which holds Rechungpa’s lineage of instructions. 
5 ‘The Five Sisters of Long Life’, female Dharma guardian deities of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Sharing the Dharma is such a blessing in these times! We have made a concerted effort to post Jetsunma's teachings (video and text) on our social media platforms. Please continue to support us by sharing, liking and following Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's teachings and updates on our nunnery projects on these social media platforms.

A quick search in YouTube will point you to dozens of online video teachings and interviews with Jetsunma.
The nuns at DGL Nunnery and Gebchak Gonpa continue to receive your prayer requests for those who have recently passed away or for the removal of obstacles and the pacification of negativities.

Read more about specific prayer request options on our past email campaign here.

You may make a prayer request offering directly on the DGL Nunnery page or the Gebchak Gonpa page.
Detail from a stained glass window of Green Tara at
DGL Nunnery.
Created by Tsunma Jamyang Donma at Yulokod Studios.

Support Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's nunnery Dongyu Gatsal Ling and its Endowment Fund.


Support our other projects including Alliance for Non-Himalayan Nuns, Laphag Nunnery, Tayul Gonpa, Gebchak Gonpa and the Nyerma & Chulichan Nunneries.
A matching gifts program might be offered by your workplace wherever you are based in the world. We are registered with Benevity – a global leader in online workplace giving and matching. You may choose from our three secular programs: DGL Nunnery Healthcare, Gebchak Nunnery Food & Healthcare and the Yushu Orphans Studies. If your workplace works with Benevity, perhaps you can double – or even triple – your donation!
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the United States. For USA residents your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 
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