Sonam Chödrön

nubri sangyum

Sonam Chödrön (Nubri Sangyum), mother of Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and consort of the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Daughter of Lama Tashi Dorje, an exceptionally realized hidden yogi of Nubri in northern Nepal.

A profound presence, and wonderful example of the practice manifested as dignity and integrity.

The Yogini Project’s founder pilgrimaged to Mount Kailash in the presence of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his family, including his mother Sonam Chödrön and ‘Grandfather’ (Lama Tashi Dorje), in 2007.  The influence of these beings and this pilgrimage inspired the creation of the project, and a life actually infused with grace and dignity for the benefit of beings.

On return to Kathmandu following the Tibetan Pilgrimage, on meeting with Grandfather and Nubri Sangyum in their shrine room at Osel Ling (formerly the monastery of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and now Mingyur Rinpoche’s on a hill behind Swayambunath Stupa), Nubri Sangyum with a smile whose warmth cannot be adequately described in words spoke to the small group of students/pilgrims, “When one has experienced something like such a pilgrimage together, one becomes family.  We are family now.”

And so it is.  For all beings.