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In 2020 my fellow Dharma sister Gesang Suolang Rinpoche (Margaret Park Esterman) published an article on the website of the Holy Vajrasana Temple in which she explains why she followed H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and the Vajrayana or tantric path after practicing Japanese Zen for many years.

Gesang Suolang und Gongjue Tuji 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand bei der Guan Yin Empowerment Dharma Assembly
Gesang Suolang and Gongjue Tuji 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand at the Guan Yin Empowerment Dharma Assembly

She highlighted her concerns about the understanding and practice of Buddhism by the majority of Western Buddhists, reflecting that many may define it in secular and psychological terms, inadvertently overlooking the possibility of leaving samsara or the cycle of birth and death. The article documents Gesang’s personal transformation, beginning with her Buddhist journey introduced by her husband’s Japanese Zen teacher. Over time, she developed a deep love for the Dharma and an unwavering belief in being a Buddhist. However, she found herself in need of authentic teachings and an exemplary Buddhist teacher.

I would really like to recommend this article to you as we can all learn a lot from it.

Read the whole article “Gesang Suolang’s Story” on

Gesang Suolang left this world on July 4, 2023.

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