Collaboration and Recognition

Since 2007, Tigerens Rede has had a close and inspiring collaboration with Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. One of the most significant events in this collaboration is the official recognition of Anne Sophie’s extensive work as a spiritual teacher. This recognition came in 2019, as a natural extension of the visit by Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche, Bhutan’s second highest spiritual leader, which took place in June 2016.

Blessing as a Taktsang to the West

In Bhutan, there is an important monastery called Taktsang, meaning Tiger’s Nest. The history of this monastery is closely linked to two great Buddhist teachers, Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava, who lived in the 8th century. Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava worked as a tantric couple and were key figures in spreading Buddhism in the Himalayan region. The name connection between Tigerens Rede and Taktsang in Bhutan underscores that there is also a spiritual Taktsang in Denmark, where advanced meditation and tantra are practiced—but under new conditions, in a Western context. Tigerens Rede in Denmark is thus a Taktsang to the West.

In 2013, Anne Sophie received a written blessing from Bhutan’s spiritual head, Je Khenpo. The blessing expresses Je Khenpo’s joy over the existence of Tigerens Rede, Taktsang Denmark.

Official Recognition from Monastic Body of Bhutan

Anne Sophie received the official recognition from Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche on behalf of the Monastic Body of Bhutan (Bhutan’s State Religion Commission). This recognition affirms Anne Sophie’s significant role as a spiritual teacher in the West and the strong karmic connection to the spiritual teacher Yeshe Tsogyal, which is clearly manifested in Anne Sophie’s work and teachings.

The recognition emphasizes the remarkable connection between Anne Sophie and Bhutan, as well as the Buddha Dharma that permeates her work, despite Anne Sophie not being a Buddhist.

Perspective on East-West Collaboration

The collaboration with Bhutan has been mutually fruitful. In Bhutan, one can find inspiration in a culture where spirituality and everyday life are inseparably linked. Similarly, it appears that in Bhutan, there is hope for the future by seeing the essence of Buddhism being able to leap to other parts of the world and take on new forms that fit the culture and society it finds itself in.

Timeline

2019: Anne Sophie receives official recognition from Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche on behalf of the Monastic Body of Bhutan.

2017: Lama Kuenzang participates in the annual festival at Tigerens Rede, providing teachings on the death process.

2016: Tigerens Rede hosts Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche, Bhutan’s second highest spiritual leader. The visit is arranged in collaboration with the Bhutanese government and its embassy in Brussels. Venerable Dorje Lopen Rinpoche participates in two dialogue events with Bishop Peter Fischer Møller, IKON chairman Nicolaj Hørlyck, and Anne Sophie Jørgensen.

2015: Anne Sophie Jørgensen and 15 students from Tigerens Rede travel to Bhutan to participate in the festival at Chodrak Monastery and to strengthen good relations with the country.

2014: Tigerens Rede hosts three spiritual teachers from Bhutan who come to exchange spiritual teachings.

2013: Anne Sophie Jørgensen and 15 students from Tigerens Rede travel to Bhutan to participate in the annual spiritual festival at Chodrak Monastery.

2012: Anne Sophie Jørgensen travels with her partner Jukas Hamburger to Bhutan. They are invited for an audience with then Prime Minister Jigme Thinley.

2011: Lama Tshewang Rinzin and an interpreter visit Tigerens Rede. He travels around Denmark, meeting with then Bishop Kjeld Holm.

2010: Two students travel to Bhutan with an invitation for Lama Tshewang Rinzin to visit Tigerens Rede.

2007: Anne Sophie Jørgensen visits Bhutan and connects with Lama Tshewang Rinzin at Chodrak Monastery.