Lama Yeshe Dechen Wangmo became a lineage holder of The Dakini Heart Essence (mkha 'gro thug thig), a treasure teaching of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, when Repkong Lama Tharchin Tsedrup Rinpoche enthroned her in 1992.
Based on thirty-eight years of vajrayana study and practice in Canada and the United States, her knowledge is informed by personal retreats, competence in literary Tibetan, and personal guidance from the 16th Karmapa, Kalu Rinpoche, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tsedrup Tharchin Rinpoche.
As a teacher and leader, Lama places a high value on authenticity, accountability, and connectedness.
In 2002, she established Jnanasukha Foundation, a not-for-profit, as a venue for the teachings of Yeshe Tsogyal and the female buddhas. Since then, the Foundation has generated several initiatives such as support for Tsogyal Latso, the birthplace of Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet, scholarships, grants and humanitarian aid. www.jnanasukha.org
Since 2009, Lama has traveled annually to Central Tibet, leading pilgrimages and deepening connection with her spiritual roots.
Her early activities include textile arts, stone sculpture and a career in sociology and body-based psychotherapy. Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1949, she has lived on the Big Island of Hawai'i since 1986.