Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Tib., Dakini of Long Life Chödrön

Khandro Tsering Chödrön (ca.1925 -- May 30, 2011) was a member of the Aduk Lakar family and lives more or less withdrawn in a small house in Sikkim; doing her meditation practice.
However, in recent years she had become widely known by being described, in Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, as being the foremost female master in Tibetan Buddhism. In addition, Sogyal invited her to come West and to participate in several retreats organized by Sogyal's Rigpa organization.

Previously, from 1952 to 1959, Chödrön has been the wife, spiritual partner and secret consort (Tib.; gsang-yum) of the influential Rimed master Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1896-1959). In this role, she in fact cared for and partly educated Sogyal Rinpoche, who was a student of her husband.

As secret consort to Jamyang Khyentse, so chosen in order to dispel the obstructions in his life - especially his health - and to promote his enlightened activities. The marriage between the 56 year old Lama and the 27 year old woman proved successful and Jamyang Khyentse recovered his health for several years. An alternative name for Khandro Tsering Chödrön is therefore Khyentse Sangyum (Khyentse's Secret Mother).

Photographer Don Farber once asked to interview her, yet she declined. After this meeting, he described her with the following words: just being in her presence, experiencing her warmth and kindness and seeing how she lived, was a great teaching and blessing in itself.

The following photograph shows this living dakini (Tib.; khandro) at age 77 and clearly corroborates the above description.
Her voice can be heard on the Rigpa produced CD The Vajra Guru Mantra. The photograph above shows her a as a young woman (year unknown).

Khandro Tsering Chödrön (born 1925)