BodhiHeart Sangha

Dharma & Meditation in Seattle

Tenzin Jesse

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Tenzin Jesse spent two decades guiding wilderness sea kayaking expeditions on the Pacific Ocean, from Baja to Alaska. But in the midst of her years in the wild with the bears and the whales, in 1993, Jesse heard His Holiness the Dalai Lama teach and was profoundly inspired.  She began studying Tibetan Buddhism in earnest 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 fifteen years 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 Capitol Hill in Seattle and founding BodhiHeart Sangha with Venerable Dhammadinna.