Khandro Trinlay Chodon Rinpoche
Khandro Trinlay Chodon Rinpoche born in the Indian Himalayas, in a valley called Lahoul (also known as Garsha in the Tibetan texts), Khandro la has, all her life, quietly and diligently practiced the Buddhist teachings of her precious family lineage.
In her early adult life, Khandro-la’s spiritual master, Gegen Khyentse, recognized Khandro-la’s capacity to manifest dharma activities and gave the name “Khachodling” to her vision. This has become her life’s work of spiritual training and activity.
It has manifested in a series of projects that are united by a strong spiritual purpose. So now, on this planet, at this time, Khachodling is a vision as vast as the sky and action as local as working side by side.
From the cities of the West to the mountains of the Himalayas, men and women, adults and youth, lay people, monks and nuns are joining together in social action projects and spiritual training under the guidance of Khandro Thrinlay Chodon, lay female practitioner and teacher.
“The word ‘Khachodling’ holds a deep spiritual meaning for me. Simply stated it is the place where the heart essence of wisdom, known as the feminine principle in Buddhism, is nourished and respected. Compassionate Action flows unceasingly from this source. Literally translated from the Tibetan, this is a ‘land of the blissful dakinis’.
Khachodling, this vision – my life’s work, is an offering to the wisdom of my great masters. It is a goal-less journey.
I am not quite sure from where it came and where it is leading. But I do know that, myself and Khachodling have always been blessed by my precious masters, and these blessings will always continue”. – Khandro-la
Sey Rinpoche’s sister, Khandro Thrinlay Chodon was born in Lahoul, which is known in the Dharma texts as the ‘Land of the Dakinis’. She has been trained since childhood in the practices of Vajrayana Buddhism and grew up in an environment where spirituality was an integral part of everyday life. Khandro-la trained as a child with the late Gegen Khyentse Rinpoche, a master of the Six Yogas of Naropa and Mahamudra. She received from him all the empowerments, transmissions and teachings of the Drukpa lineage. She also studied with the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. She has practiced in solitary retreat in the mountains of Nepal, at Tato Pani Bhakang under the guidance of Sengdrak Rinpoche – a Drukpa master known for his humbleness and ascetic practices. Beside, she also received modern education, in the USA, where she received her Master of Psychology degree.
She also married His Holiness the Ninth Shabdrung Ngawang Jigme in 1998, out of pure love and devotion. She then tirelessly assisted Shabdrung Rinpoche with the many duties of his role as head of the Drukpa Kargyud lineage of Bhutan. Khandro-la derives her current title through her marriage to Shabdrung Rinpoche. “Khandro” (also known as ‘dakini’ in Sanskrit) refers to the wisdom quality within the feminine essence. His Holiness passed away in 2003. Afterwards, she took care of her husband’s monastery in Manali and undertook humanitarian activities. She also became a Dharma teacher, offering support to the nuns and laywomen of his lineage. Khandro-la has vowed to help both nuns and laywomen wherever possible to deepen their practice in retreat and daily life. She is now invited to spread the sacred teachings all around the world.
Apho Rinpoche (1922-1974)
Sangyum Urgyen Chodon (1931-1985)
His Holiness the Ninth Shabdrung Ngawang Jigme (1955-2003)
Sengdrak Rinpoche (1947-2005)
Gegen Khyentse Rinpoche (1913-1998)
Imi Drupten (1927-present)
The late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 1910-1991)
Here is a poem dedicated to Khandrola’s Gurus
A Prayer dedicated to my Beloved Masters
As I sit on my meditation cushion,
My heart is filled with gratitude to you,
My precious masters,
For showing the intrinsic nature of mind,
My eyes are filled with tears of devotion to you,
The jewel of my heart.
When I think of the inexhaustible ocean of your wisdom,
Your kindness and unfathomable qualities,
I truly believe that you are the essence of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Please remain inseparable from the lotus corolla of my heart.
Please bestow upon me, your unfortunate child,
The blessings of your body, speech and mind.
Never let me stray from the shadow of your compassion,
Even for a second.
Hold me deep, deep within you.
May the radiance of your being manifest itself again and again,
In this world, to liberate countless beings from their endless suffering.