Tenzin Jesse worked for five years as a crisis counselor after graduate studies in psychology and then spent two decades guiding
wilderness sea kayaking expeditions on the Pacific Ocean. In the midst of her years in the wilderness with the bears and the whales, Jesse heard His Holiness the Dalai Lama teach in 1993 and was profoundly inspired. She began studying Tibetan Buddhism and has subsequently practiced with teachers in the Gelug, Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. In 2006 Jesse completed the studies of the seven-year Lama Tsong Khapa Master’s Program, a traditional Buddhist monastic curriculum including the Abhisamayalamkara, Madhyamakavatara and Abhidharmakosha. She has written a Tibetan language textbook and recently published a new translation of the King of Prayers.
Tenzin Jesse began teaching the Dharma in Seattle more than a decade ago. In 2004 she relocated to India to study with the Dalai Lama and received ordination from His Holiness shortly thereafter. Tenzin Jesse returned her ordination after coming home to Seattle and founding BodhHeart Sangha.