Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche


Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche, raised Christian, began to experience spiritual awakening to Buddhism while on a business trip to Kyoto, Japan where she saw a Buddha statue in a temple. Warmth arose in her heart.

Upon her return to the U.S., she joined a series of residential practice centers including: Shasta Abbey, San Francisco Zen Center, Hokyoji, and Kansas Zen Center. From the 1960’s explorations to searching for a Dharma teacher in the 1980’s, she deepened her commitment to practice and let go of a worldly career to take up monastic life.

By 2001, she met her root teacher, Dharma King Wan Ko Yee. She was thereafter given the respected title of Rinpoche, which translates from Tibetan as “Precious One”. She was also given the Dhamma name, Zhaxi Zhuoma, which means Auspicious Holy Woman, or Tara. She has been blessed with many empowerments.

Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche did a tour of all 50 states to teach Dharma and to introduce her root teacher to the American people. Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche Visits the 50 States of America to Propagate the Buddha-Dharma can be found on Amazon Books. She established the Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center near Sanger, California.

Rinpoche Zhaxi Zhuoma put her early career talents, degrees and achievements in government, engineering, regional planning, international banking and finance to use for the Dharma in navigating the challenges of opening several temples for monastic and lay practitioners in the USA.

She currently assists her Buddha Master by disseminating excellent teachings and supporting her American students who now have their own Dharma centers. She remains the Abbess of the Holy Vajrasana Temple.