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Opening the Treasury of Wisdom

Jetsun Drukmo begins her formal studies in the Tibetan language

by Conner Loomis

Sakyong with Jetsun Drukmo

The Sakyong with Jetsun Drukmo

On the auspicious third day of the eleventh month of the Year of the Wood Sheep, the eldest daughter of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, Jetsun Drukmo, began her Tibetan studies. To begin, she was taught the Tibetan alphabet by her great uncle, Tulku Karma Shedrup, the brother of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche. Tulku Karma Shedrup is renowned as an umdze, a master of liturgy, and Gesar scholar.

The Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo felt that beginning her Tibetan studies while in Nepal on an auspicious astrological day would be a good introduction for Jetsun Drukmo. An auspicious day was picked, and Tulku Karma Shedrup was asked to be her tutor. In the Tibetan tradition, it is considered very important who introduces the alphabet and teaches one to read.

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche

On the first day of study, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche performed a ceremony to mark the occasion. He recited the Nang Se Nang Dak—“The Eight Auspicious Ones”—and a chant of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. Then, as her first introduction, His Eminence recited the Tibetan alphabet to Jetsun Drukmo in order to create an auspicious beginning. After that, Tulku Karma Shedrup began the first lesson in pronouncing the letters.

Jetsun Drukmo will continue these lessons in Nepal for the next few months. When she returns to the West, Lama Pegyal has agreed to continue tutoring her in Tibetan liturgy in addition to her education at Ziji Early Elementary School. As Jetsun continues to grow and learn, she will continue this bicultural education, training in both Eastern and Western disciplines.

Sakyong Wangmo, photo by Ian Bascetta

Sakyong Wangmo, photo by Ian Bascetta

The Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo are delighted that Jetsun Drukmo can begin her Tibetan education in such an auspicious way. It feels like an important landmark for the Mukpo royal family and the entire Shambhala community. While performing a lhasang at the Kalapa Court in Halifax to mark the occasion, the Sakyong said, “Learning the literary Tibetan language opens the door to the treasury of Buddhist wisdom.”

 Conner Loomis serves as chair of the Education Committee for the Mukpo Family.

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3 responses to “ Opening the Treasury of Wisdom ”
  1. Tony Winecoff
    Jan 15, 2016

    Beautiful! What an amazing beginning for Jetsun Drukmo’s education!

  2. Christine Heming
    Jan 15, 2016

    Auspicious and delightful beginning for Jetsun Drukmo. Thank you for sharing this news.

  3. Timaree Bierle-Dodds
    Jan 12, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic news! Good luck Jetsun Drukmo!

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