The PBC Tennessee Sangha was established in 1988, shortly after the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches’ first visit. As the activities of the Dharma center progressed, the Yeshe Tsogyal House opened in 2005 as the first Tibetan Buddhist center in Nashville, Tennessee. It has the blessed name of the wisdom dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, a female buddha who was one of the principle students of Guru Padmasambhava.
In early 2005, when the building at 419 East Iris Drive was discovered, an offer to purchase was made and accepted the same night. This was achieved due to auspicious circumstances. A delay of one day would have certainly changed the course of events.
The new Yeshe Tsogyal Temple includes a gorgeous traditional Tibetan shrine room complete with a handcrafted shrine, golden buddha statues, many Dharma texts, thangka paintings, a beautiful crystal chandelier, and a vaulted ceiling. The outside of the traditional temple doors is ornamented with a Dharma wheel and deer, four gyaltsen victory banners— symbolizing the resounding proclamation of the truth of love, compassion, and wisdom—and three serto spires, all crafted in Nepal. The landscaped garden of Yeshe Tsogyal Temple will soon be home to a custom stone statue of the bodhisattva of compassion Chenrezig, originated in Java.
With the inauguration of Yeshe Tsogyal Temple on September 23, 2018, the PBC Nashville Sangha now has a perfect place to practice together and grow, along with the Padma Gochen Ling retreat center in Monterey. The Tennessee Sangha is shining brightly as an integral part of the international community of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center!
The Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches aspire that the Yeshe Tsogyal Temple will be a sacred place to study and actualize the authentic lineage teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava. Support our Nashville Temple!
With a joyous heart, the Tennessee Sangha wishes to expresses their deep gratitude to the Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and the Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche for making this dream come true.