Tsogyal Latso

Yeshe Tsogyal

Visiting Tsogyal Latso was a highlight of my life. The deep meaning and truth of this sacred sight is a wonder of this world. Please do yourself a favor. Visit this sacred place!
— Mukara Meredith 2010.

Tsogyal Latso, on the north shore of the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra River in southern Tibet, is the birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, an enlightened female buddha of the 8th century. It is cradled in a valley which legend honors as the abode of Vajra Varahi and Saraswati.

Yeshe Tsogyal is revered as the mother of Tibetan Buddhism and as an emanation of Saraswati. Her birthplace is best known for her lifeforce lake or latso that spontaneously arose at her birth and still exists today. Over the centuries it became a visionary lake and continues into the present as unique pilgrimage destination of the enlightened feminine.

Nearby, one finds the Tsogyal breast-milk springs, the life-force tree that nourished her as a baby, and a contemporary enlightenment stupa marking her actual birthplace.

Today, there is a community of sixteen nuns at Tsogyal Latso. Last year, they built a much-needed temple, beautified the landscape, and expanded the facilities. Since 2009, Jnanasukha Foundation has supported the nuns and their projects.

Visiting Tsogyal Latso and the nuns is a deeply nourishing and relaxing experience as we discover our connection with this sacred ecology and get to know the nuns.

The sacred birthplace of the Lady Tsoygal has retained a spacious peace and purity. The green grass greener, sky even bluer, the structures of the nunnery and holy relics humble and yet illumined, the shrine and lake, stupa and humble abodes of the people all made me feel like I could actually live there. The nuns and villagers have cared for this holy place as best they could and welcomed us as family.
— Yeshe Palmo 2009.

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