Sydney Jay

Sydney Jay



Sydney met Rinpoche in San Francisco in 1996, knew as soon as he walked into the room that she wanted him to be her teacher. Sydney was accepted formally as his student a year later and, in gratitude, has served him in many capacities since. She serves on the Academic Development Committee of Khyentse Foundation and was a Co-Director with her husband, Chris Jay, of the Leadership Training program for Rinpoche’s for monks, khenpos and Rinpoches.

She was fortunate to be among those who completed the first 3 year retreat under Rinpoche’s guidance at Vajradhara Gonpa in Australia from 2005-2008 during which she completed the Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro. Her belief is that, while Ngondro is often talked about as a preliminary practice, the depth of the practice expands far beyond a beginning. Sydney is delighted to become an instructor for the Ngondro Gar and looks forward to supporting and encouraging students as they develop their practice and their relationship with the Guru.

Sydney lives in Seattle with Chris, is the mother of three (her youngest son died at the age of 17 in 1995) and is the grandmother of three.