In 2019 Anne Sophie received an official acknowledgement from Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche on behalf of the Monastic Body of Bhutan.
Collaboration with Bhutan - an overview
Lama Kuenzang participates in the annual festival at Tiger’s Nest. He gives teachings on the death process.
Tiger’s Nest hosts the visit of Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche, second to the prime spiritual leader of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan. The visit is arranged in collaboration with the Bhutanese government and its embassy in Brussels. Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche participates in dialogue meetings with Danish Bishop Peter Fischer Møller, Head of Interfaith Dialogue, Nicolaj Stubbe Hørlyck and Anne Sophie.
Anne Sophie Jørgensen and 15 of her students from Tiger’s Nest travel to Bhutan to participate in the festival at Chodrak Monastery and to strengthen the fruitful relations to the country.
Tiger’s Nest hosts three spiritual teachers from Bhutan. Their visit concerns exchange on spiritual teaching.
Anne Sophie Jørgensen and 15 of her students from Tiger’s Nest travel to Bhutan to participate in the festival at Chodrak Monastery.
Anne Sophie Jørgensen and her consort, Jukas Hamburger, visit Bhutan. They are invited to meet with the former Prime Minister Jigme Thinley.
Lama Tshewang Rinzin and an interpreter visit Tiger’s Nest. He travels in Denmark and meets the former Bishop Kjeld Holm.
Two students travel to Bhutan with an invitation, asking Lama Tshewang Rinzin to visit Tiger’s Nest.
Anne Sophie visits Bhutan and forms a bond with Lama Tshewang Rinzin at Chodrak Monastery.
Spiritual Contact between East and West
Since 2007 Tiger’s Nest has had a close and inspiring cooperation with the Kingdom of Bhutan in eastern Himalaya.
One of the highlights of this cooperation is the official acknowledgement of Anne Sophie’s large efforts as a spiritual teacher. The acknowledgement was presented in 2019 following the visit in June 2016 of Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche, second to the top spiritual leader of Bhutan
Official Acknowledgement from the Monastic Body of Bhutan
Anne Sophie received the official acknowledgement from Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche on behalf of the Monastic Body of Bhutan. The acknowledgement establishes Anne Sophie’s great importance as a spiritual teacher in the West as well as the strong karmic connection to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, a contact that clearly manifests in her work and teachings.
The acknowledgement emphasizes the puzzling connection between Anne Sophie and Bhutan, and the Buddha Dharma, which pervades her work – in spite of the fact that Anne Sophie is not a Buddhist.
Blessing in the Capacity of a Taktsang for the West
In Bhutan there is an important monastery named Taktsang, which translated means Tiger’s Nest. The story about this monastery is closely tied to two great Buddhist teachers, Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava, who lived in the 8th century. Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava were a tantric couple and key figures for the spreading of Buddhism in the Himalayan area. The ties between Taktsang in Bhutan and Taktsang Denmark emphasises the spiritual kinship where advanced meditation and tantra forms the spiritual practice – but in Denmark on new terms in a Western context.
In 2013 Anne Sophie received a written blessing from the top spiritual leader of Bhutan, the Je Khenpo. The blessing expresses Je Khenpo’s gratitude at the existence of Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Denmark.
Perspective on the East-West Cooperation
The cooperation with Bhutan has been of mutual benefit. In Bhutan they can find inspiration in a culture where everyday life and spirituality is inseparably connected. And it seems that Bhutan finds hope for the future when experiencing that the essence of Buddhism can leap to other places in the world and find new expressions, suited to the culture and the society it is part of.