The Truth Before Your Eyes
This post presents the facts regarding additional inconsistencies in the posts made by William Cassidy, aka Tulku Tenpa. In his latest post he states, “(1) Penor Rinpoche never conferred the honorific “Jetsunma” on Alyce Zeoli. Her continued use of this honorific — to which she is not entitled.” This statement is completely unfounded. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the Third Drubwang referred to her as Jetsunma at the end of her enthronement. It was videotaped, and broadcast by TV networks in front of a large audience of Tibetans and Americans.
Here is a video clip from Jetsunma’s trip to Bylakuppe in 1996, in which His Holiness Penor Rinpoche refers to her as Jetsunma and makes many offerings to her. It is irrefutable. Even If one doubts the translation, a non Tibetan speaker can clearly hear His Holiness utter the word “Jetsunma.”
Jetsunma in India 1996 – Part 2
Translated by Sangye Khandro
And as it has gone well until now, I also have an expectation and on into the future That the entire sangha and our sangha s together will maintain this auspicious connection for the benefit of the doctrine and sentient beings and that year by year this will only increase. And that also all of your studies of the Buddha Dharma will be most excellent and very stable and always improving, ever increasing.
And now as an indication today, although I don’t have too much to offer and very humbly to indicate the very special occasion now so with prayers for Jetsunma’s longevity and the longevity of the doctrine, I offer her the Tashi Katag, white scarf of auspiciousness. As a support for her longevity, I offer her the image of the Buddha Amitayus. As a support for her enlightened speech to be ever increasing, I offer her the vajra and bell. And as a support for enlightened mind, I offer the stupa. I offer her the collected works of the Terton Jetsun Nyingpo. And I offer her the crossed Vajra as a seat for her to remain upon to indicate her longevity in this world. And the white conch shell and a bolt of brocades, otherwise I don’t have to much to offer…
We have received reports that in 2005 His Holiness from the throne at the New York State Palyul Retreat Center led a tsog in Jetsunma’s honor, and taught about her, referring to her as Jetsunma in front of a hundred students, calling her “a good and perfect teacher.”
We have also been informed that all visiting Vajrayana Lamas to KPC refer to her as Jetsunma.
In this Long Life Prayer written by His Holiness Ngawang Tenzin in which he not only refers to her as Jetsunma, but recognizes her as an incarnation of Mandarava.
As to the blog post by students of Jetsunma commented on by Cassidy, given that Jetsunma has been recognized by peerless Vajrayana Masters such as His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo KhyentseRinpoche, as an enlightened master herself, it is only natural that her students would view her as a Living Buddha.