Yuloköd Studios is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a single artist studio dedicated to the craft of hand painted stained glass Thangkas and Buddhist iconography as well as preservation and restoration of sacred imagery in painted glass.
About the artist
Before taking ordination as a Buddhist nun, she was known as Catherine A. Brock. Her relationship with glass painting began with her training in ecclesiastical traditional glass painting in Toronto, Canada at the renown glass studio Robert McCausland Ltd. Founded in 1856, this studio is Canada’s preeminent Ecclesiastical glass studio. Catherine apprenticed there for some 7 years restoring and creating windows for sacred spaces which included churches, synagogues, government buildings, mausoleums, universities and private shrines.
In 1989 Catherine met her root teacher Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche of the famed Riwoche of Kham, Tibet, and assisted Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche to establish Riwoche Temple in Toronto, Canada.
She took ordination as a Buddhist nun first in 1994 with Khandro Rinpoche, and again with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso and 13 Khenpos of the Palyul Lineage in 1997. She was bestowed the name Ani Thubten Jamyang Donma, she has come to be known simply as ani J.
Tara is considered to be the mother of all Buddhas, another words, the source of wisdom itself. She is so ancient that there is no date in history where she begins. Tara represents the quintessential essence of Enlightenment in female form. Her earthly abode is considered to be the Potala Palace, the original home of H.H.the Dalai Lama, in Lhasa, Tibet. She is the patron saint of Tibet and is recognized by many names though out the world, Kwannon and Kwan Yin for example. She appears luminescent and green like an emerald. It seems that it is no coincidence that the Earth herself in Latin is known as “Terra Firma”.
In her enlightened non-corporeal form she dwells in a pure realm known as “Yuloköd”. This is as much a state of mind as it is a place.
To learn more about Ani J, Yuloköd and Canadian Buddhist stained glass, here’s a link to her website: www.yulokod.ca.