Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche

Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche is the Founder of the Xuanfa Institute and the Abbot of the Holy Vajrasana Temple and Retreat Center in Sanger, California. She began her spiritual quest to seek an end to the suffering that she experienced and saw in others, but she could not find any answers. Someone told her that only within Buddhism would she find the answers she was looking for. This proved to be true.
On a business trip to Asia, she found the path of the Buddha and began her search for a master who practiced and taught the true Buddha-dharma of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Starting in the early 80s she began looking for a meditation teacher. She sat with Jack Kornfield and other Theravada practitioners in Marin County and with Zen masters in San Francisco and Berkeley. In 1985 she took refuge and received her first Buddhist precepts from Roshi Jinyu Kennett at Shasta Abbey in Northern California. In 1987 she left her job in international banking to become a nun. She practiced at many monasteries in America and in Japan with several excellent Japanese, Korean, and American Masters. Dainin Katagiri Roshi gave her the Buddhist name of Hojun. However, no matter how hard she tried to practice within these traditions, she could not find what she was looking for or the answers to her questions.
She had already been introduced to the esoteric dharma when she met her Buddha Master, His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. She had finally found the perfect guru who could answer all her questions. Her ultimate Buddha Master could communicate directly with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and had the full power of the true Buddha-dharma just like Shakyamuni Buddha! She had the extremely good fortune to train intensely and directly with her Buddha Master and receive many initiations and empowerments from His Holiness. She was also very fortunate to receive teaching from Female Dharma King, Dorje Amang Nopu Pa Mu and was able to travel extensively with her to propagate the Dharma.
In 2008-2009 Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche was in charge of a delegation of other monastics and lay people to propagate the dharma contained in the book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Like her master, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, she is part of the Buddha Sect. She is president of the Xuanfa Institute located in Sanger, California, a nonprofit established to propagate the true Buddha-dharma of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche’s website is a treasure trove of Dharma teachings, Buddhist history, information about H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the Xuanfa Institute, Holy Vajrasana Temple and all the Buddhist lineages.
Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche’s weekly blog is Thus Have I Seen ( and Heard ). 
Zhaxi Zhuoma is a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award. In 2021, her autobiography was published with the title, Thus Have I Seen: The Marvelous True Buddha Dharma and Its Power to Transform.