Tibet Oral History Project Interview with Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche


This interview about life in Tibet was conducted by the Tibet Oral History Project. This non-profit organization aims to preserve the history and culture of the Tibetan people by interviewing Tibetan refugees about life in Tibet before 1959. Learn more at http://www.TibetOralHistory.org.

View a transcript of this interview here

Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok is the daughter of Vajradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen, the previous head of the Sakya lineage, and the sister of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the current head of the Sakya lineage. She began dharma studies at the age of five, and gave teachings and empowerments while still a child. After escaping to India in the late 1950s, she emigrated with her family to Canada in 1971 and now lives in Richmond, British Columbia. Until 1998, Jetsunma worked full-time as a weaver and part-time as a housekeeper, while also raising her children, running dharma centers, and practicing—often through the night. She is now a full-time dharma teacher and the founder of Sakya Thubten Tsechen Ling dharma center in Vancouver, and Sakya Dechen Ling in Oakland, California.