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Sue-Sue Luu (Tibetan: Konchog Jimpa Lhamo; Vietnamese: Tâm Bảo Đàn or Diễm Âu) was born Bùi Vũ Phương Thảo  and migrated to the United States  from Vietnam in 1975 at the age of thirteen. She met her root teacher Garchen Rinpoche at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Maryland in 1999 and  has hosted him and other Tibetan lamas for teachings at her house which dubbed as Garchen Rinpoche’s Drikung Mahayana Center from 2001 until 2010. Inspired by Garchen Rinpoche’s boundless love and extraordinary life of suffering and complete transformation, she undertook his Biography Project in 2003, with Rinpoche’s permission and blessings, to preserve his stories, wisdom and compassion. May Garchen Rinpoche’s lifestories become an incomparable inspiration!

The author has served as a Vietnamese translator to many great masters, including H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, H.E. Kyabje Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche and many other teachers  from all four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She has translated and published Dharma texts and teachings into Vietnamese since 2004, and in 2006, founded Viet Nalanda Foundation,  an international network for Vietnamese Vajrayana Buddhists.

In 2010, thirty-five years after leaving home without ever returning, she organized and accompanied Garchen Rinpoche on his first visit to her native Vietnam.  She currently lives in California with her family.

Recently on the 3rd of December, 2011, A Bo Lama called and told the author that Garchen Rinpoche has chosen a new Dharma name, Konchog Changchup Drolma, to give to her.


Photo: Sy Luu (DMC 2008)


As you are now the reflection of
Great Compassionate Tara,

May I, too, one  day
the reflection of you...



Oneness of hearts...
to purify  oceans of realms...
benefit oceans of beings...

and act without weariness

throughout oceans of kalpas...

May we never be

in this and all

future lifetimes...

(Aspirational prayer  of Author to
Garchen Rinpoche)

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