TIBETAN YOGINI FILM PRODUCTION
The Yogini Project is returning to the editing room this spring to produce and subtitle a series of Tibetan language interviews, mostly with rare to encounter Tibetan yoginis, as well as insightful interviews with several Western yoginis with over 30 years experience in practice and teaching. This unique footage comes from the first round of filming of The Yogini Project's film ‘Women On The Path '.
Jetsunma Jamyang Drolma (the rebirth of Freda Bedi) during her Jetsunma empowerment ceremony
* Jetsunma Jamyang Drolma, Pharping, Nepal
* Ani Bumchung, Tso Pema, India
* Ani Konchog Drolma & Pema Yangki, Tsoknyi Gechak Ling, Nepal
* Ani Gyen Tara, Nagi Gompa, Nepal
* Lama Shenpen Hookham, UK
* Marcia Dechen Schmidt, Nagi Gompa, Nepal
* Tsunma Aileen, DGL Nunnery, India
What we seek with these interviews and all our media is to provide encouragement for women either already committed to practice or just being introduced and encountering the Dharma for the first time to have examples of women who are manifesting the fruits of the practice without needing a limelight to authenticate their qualities. Their qualities are inherent in themselves and their practice - which is precisely where all 'women on the path' will eventually find them, they will arise within.
This world now as much as ever needs awakened women, women who are empowering themselves through genuine practice.
The Nangchen Nuns: Ani Pema Yangki and Ani Konchog Drolkar at Tsoknyi Rinpoche's nunnery in Nepal
This GoFundMe Fundraiser is for the costs of out-sourcing our timecode creation and post-production work on the original material, final translation and review of the Tibetan transcripts (triple reviewed) into English, subtitling, and then in-house editing on this extensive footage. This is a time and cost intensive process that your generous, timely support enables.
We intend to reach our necessary goal by August 27th, 2017.
This material will be released publicly to our Yogini YouTube Channel (select previews) and to our Yogini Archives (full footage) Vimeo channel.
All supporters, great and small, will receive a minimum one year free pass to the Yogini Archives, based on their level, for immediate access to the material as released.
Here are some stunning examples of the wisdom and clarity of some of the foremost women in Buddhist practice today, examplars for the vast, unprecedented number of women in practice in these times:
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After a series of key media releases, including our landmark film White Lotus on the unprecedented education opportunities for young nuns at Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Gechak Ling Nunnery in Nepal, we have come to the time to produce this series of Tibetan interviews from our first filming for Women On The Path.
Ani Bumchung telling the story of wisdom dakini Mandarava, Tso Pema, India
These include an interview with a Tibetan yogini fresh from 9 years retreat, Jetsunma Jamyang Drolma , the day before she became empowered as a Jestunma; one of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's closest nuns and disciples who heads Nagi Gompa, Ani Gyen Tara, interviewed in Tulku Urgyen's practice room at Nagi; several senior Nangchen nuns at Tsoknyi Rinpoche's nunnery in Nepal, Ani Konchog Drolma & Pema Yangki, who are teaching and empowering the next generation of nuns there to be teachers of tomorrow; and a highly regarded cave yogini, Ani Bumchung (simply radiant!), living above Guru Rinpoche's cave at Tso Pema - one of the foremost pilgrimage sites for Tibetan Buddhists in the Himalayas - telling the story of dakini Mandarava.
These are obviously faces of empowered women that are not only not seen in mainstream media, but even in the likes of prominent books narrating the lives of accomplished women such as Dakini Power and Women Of Wisdom - these are accomplished women, benefiting others, out of the limelight. Their wisdom and compassion, are so essential and timely for the world to see.
Please consider to support this worthwhile endeavor at any level. We can together see the light of these women reach out others in this world, lighting them, as one candle to another.
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These next days might do it. Just a few more kind donors and it's complete.
With GoFundMe processing fees of over $750 to date, we calculate that we must cover at least 50% of these to meet our total production needs. That is an additional $375 and makes our final goal at $9375.
Presently only $555 to go.
Our editing, translation, sound, and subtitle teams are all active presently bringing our final 3 Tibetan Yogini interviews from Nepal and India to completion. Your kind help allows us to meet the remaining work that needs to be done to complete these interviews.
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What more, we also have interviews with two extraordinary Western yoginis with over 30 years of practice in the pipeline as well:
Marcia Dechen Wangmo (publisher of Rangjung Yeshe books and translations) and Lama Shenpen Hookham (scholar and teacher, UK). We are very committed to show the range of accomplished yoginis out there in the light.
* Rewards for Yogini Archives access have gone out to all supporters of the campaign up to the beginning of July. (A few addresses returned undeliverable - if you were an early supporter and have yet to receive your reward, contact us with your present email.)
For supporters from the beginning of July through August: Your Yogini Archives access code will be sent in the beginning of September. Thank you again for your generous support!
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In the interview, Ani Konchok shares the story of their coming to Nepal to find Rinpoche and their earlier years at the renowned Gebchak Nunnery in Tibet. This is followed by reflections on the potential of many of the young nuns under their care and the instruction sequence they follow in guiding them. Key instructions on bodhichitta, generating compassion for the sources of obstacles, and the need for stability and diligence in practice are then imparted to us all. Pema Yangki, such a strong presence, intersperses Ani Konchog's primary story and instructions in key moments with a few lines of essential instructions. The qualities of these accomplished women shines throughout, as fine reflections and inspiration for us on the path.
We are now in various stages of production on three other of our special Tibetan Yogini material with only $750 now to raise to meet our goal and our needs to finish this material over the next two months. Please support at this time, or if you have already supported, please consider renewing your support now to bring these to completion for the benefit of all.
Respect and dedication to all women on the path,
This interview has just gone out for translation, the last of our Tibetan interviews to be translated. The other 3 primary interviews are presently being subtitled with our interview with two senior Nangchen Nuns at Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Gechak Ling Nunnery in its final stages, to be released potentially end of this month.
Support production of these amazing interview - we are now at $7300+ and rising, nearing our final goal.
Help us reach our goal of $7500 by the end of Dakini Day Monday and our final goal of $9000 by the end of Vesak month, June 24th!
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From page 178 of The Revolutionary Life Of Freda Bedi:
“But Freda’s story may not end there, however.
Two years after her death, in 1979, rumors began to spread that Freda had reincarnated as a Tibetan girl, Jamyang Dolma Lama, the daughter of His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, a respected holder enthroned by the Sixteenth Karmapa. Born in Tibet, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche had known Freda Bedi well, and had set up his own center in Bodhgaya.
In 1995, when she was sixteen years old, Jamyang Drolma Lama, now a nun, was officially recognized by her father and other lamas as the reincarnation of Freda Bedi, aka Sister Kechog Palmo. Since then she has undertaken a nine-year intensive study program at Ngagyur Nyingma Nunnery High Institute, and on February 28, 2015, completed a six-and-a-half-year retreat. Fully qualified to teach, she is destined to take care of her father’s nunneries in both India and Tibet, and, like Freda, to travel around the world to spread the Buddha’s teaching for the benefit of all sentient beings.
For some, like Pema Zangmo [Freda’s long time devoted attendant], there is no doubt that Freda has reappeared on the earth in a new body. “Mummy-la has come back as a Tibetan girl. I heave no doubts. She came to see me at my nunnery and I recognized her immediately and her me. She took my hand, gave me a katag (white ceremonial scarf), and cried. She is very beautiful. When I look at her, I see Mummy-la, not the face but the nature is the same. Just before she died, Mummy-la told me to keep in touch with Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, as the connection was very auspicious,” she said portentously, hinting that Freda had already determined her next birth.”
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