Biography of H. E. Dagmo Kusho
H. E. Dagmo Kusho, known by her friends as Dagmola, was born in eastern Tibet.
During a pilgrimage to Sakya, the headquarters of one of the four major orders of Tibetan
Buddhism, she met her future husband, H. H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya.
The freedom of the Tibetan people began to be eroded by the infiltration of Chinese Communists
into eastern Tibet. In 1959 violence erupted in Lhasa, where she and her family were visiting,
and they were forced to flee. Enduring extreme hardship and fear in their flight they relied on
prayer for their safety and looked to divinations and omens to guide them to freedom.
Upon reaching safety, Dagmola raised five sons and devoted herself to her spiritual practice
under the guidance of her uncle, the late H.E. Deshung Rinpoche, while assisting her husband
in his many religious activities. H.E. Deshung Rinpoche encouraged her to begin teaching
Buddhism and granting empowerments. Thus, Dagmola is authorized to accept the role of Lama by
one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters of the Sakya Order and by other esteemed
Tibetan Lamas. She has founded the Mother Tara Center/Tara Ling in Pasadena, California and
established brand centers in Kona, Hawaii; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Mexico City.