Aug 11, 2019

A group poetry reading with Nyima Tso, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, and Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche. This group of two women and one man give a voice to female Tibetan poets now living in exile and in Tibet, as well as to a renowned female teacher and poet from the past. The two women, themselves poets living in exile, read from their own body of poetry. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche reads from the work of a female poet from Tibet and also offers a spiritual song from the autobiography of Sera Khandro, the well-known Buddhist teacher and emanation of Yeshe Tsogyal. Hosted by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal. In Tibetan and English with simultaneous translation to English and multiple other languages.

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About the Presenters

Nyima Tso View biography (Tibetan only)




Tsering Wangmo Dhompa’s parents fled Tibet in 1959. Raised by her mother in Tibetan communities of Dharamsala, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal, Dhompa earned a bachelor of arts and masters of arts from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University; and she is now pursuing her Ph.D. in literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dhompa has received grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Galen Rowell Fund and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Hedgebrook. Fluent in several languages and dialects including Tibetan, Hindi, and Nepali, Dhompa writes in English. Through innovative structures and schemas, her poetry articulates the nostalgia of displaced Tibetans, recording the memories of elders in Tibetan communities. Currently she is an assistant professor in the english department of Villanova University, where she teaches creative writing and literature. She has published the full-length collections Rules of the House (2002), In the Absent Everyday (2005), and My Rice Tastes Like the Lake (2011). Dhompa’s nonfiction book based on her life is entitled A Home in Tibet (Penguin India, 2013), published in the United States as Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging (Shambhala, 2016). Learn more: About Dhompa / Home, a transitive (poem) / Wikipedia

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a dzogchen master in the Nyingma tradition and considered the reincarnation of Drubchen Thodo Rinpoche. He received Tibetan Buddhist teachings from and studied traditional Tibetan medicine with 45 masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a highly trained lama within an authentic and powerful lineage. A poet, artist and author of 20 books, he is the founder of Heruka International. He gives teachings and empowerments extensively across North America as well as internationally.

About the Host

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal is an acclaimed author and a respected teacher of students worldwide. As the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, he has established numerous centers and institutes of learning in the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe and India. Fluent in English, Rinpoche regularly offers online teachings in the form of live webcasts, online workshops and YouTube videos. He is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his dedication to making the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners.