Roberta Raine began making tsa-tsas in 1999 after having been given a tsa-tsa commitment by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). The next year, Rinpoche appointed Roberta director of the Tsa-tsa Studio/Center for Tibetan Sacred Art in San Francisco, a small FPMT center dedicated to the practice. She was director of the center for five years, running its educational program and teaching the practice to students.
In 2005 Roberta returned to Hong Kong, where she had been living previously. When she moved to Portland in 2016, she was able to resume her tsa-tsa practice and is happy to share her knowledge and experience of this ancient and sacred Tibetan practice. Now a student at Maitripa College, she especially loves painting the larger tsa-tsas in detail and offering them to others.