Jomo Sam’phel is a great yogini living for a long time in Yang-lé-shöd, Nepal. She is the sang-yum of Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche, who passed into parinirvana in September 2010. In 2002 Thinley Norbu dedicated a long life prayer both to her and Kunzang Dorje, celebrating their union. She presently lives in Kathmandu.
Khandro Déchen said,
Jomo Sam’phel is ‘Rinpoche’ even though she declines this title of respect. Rinpoche means precious, and Jomo Sam’phel is one of the most precious human beings in the world.
Jomo means ‘lady’ – as in ‘lord and lady’, and Sam’phel means ‘wish-fulfilling.’ Jomo Sam’phel is she who fulfills the wishes of beings simply through their turning their minds toward her. Ngak’chang Rinpoche said,
Simply to have seen her face is to have received a cause for liberation.
A brief biography as related to Ngakma Shardröl Wangmo in Yang-lé-shöd in 1995…
Jétsunma Khandro Ten’dzin Drölkar (Jomo Sam’phel) is a Dzogchen Naljorma – a Tibetan ngakmo who holds the gö-kar-chang-lo. She is not well known because she lives as a secret yogini, and has only a few close disciples. She was born into the world with many special signs of wisdom, and many Lamas considered her to be a dakini. She grew up in the Rong-shal area, close to the Nepalese border. Rong-shal is near Lip-shi the area where Milarépa practised for a long time. She grew up in Long-shal, a village strongly associated with Milarépa, and lived there until she was sixteen years old. She clearly remembered previous lives as child, and was always interested in Dharma. Her father died and she lived with her Mother who was a ngakmo. She had three younger sisters. The youngest died, and the two remaining sisters now live in Nepal.
When her mother died, she went to Trülshig Rinpoche’s gompa. At that time Trülshig Rinpoche was her root teacher. She received many teachings from Trülshig Rinpoche and practiced them intensely until she was twenty four years old. In that time she received the entire cycle of the Mindroling Térma (Southern revelation Teachings). Shortly after the age of twenty-four she met and married Ngakpa Tséring Thöndrüp, the eldest son of Lama Pasang Rinpoche. They were separated by the Chinese invasion, when she fled to Nepal, and he died in his attempt to leave Tibet. After that her life became very difficult. She went to a refugee camp and worked in a carpet factory. She didn’t know she was pregnant when she escaped from Tibet and ended up alone with her child, but continued her practices in the mornings and evenings. In 1971 she left Nepal and went to McLeod Ganj in India, where she met Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche, had 3 children with him (oldest child: Tséring Thöndrüp; then Tséring Lhamo, Min’gyür Chödrön, and Tulku Ten’dzin). Tulku Ten’dzin was recognised by HH Dudjom Rinpoche as the incarnation of a disciple of Shakya Shri, a Tértön and Ngakpa Lama of the Drukpa Kagyü School (who received pure vision teachings and practises from Milarépa). Her younger son and daughter are in school, and an elder son works for Tibetan exile government.
In 1975 HH Dudjom Rinpoche gave his cycle of Térma teaching in Kathmandu. Khandro Ten’dzin Drölkar received those teachings, and has been devoted to them ever since. She has had many teachers including, HH Dungsé Thrin-lé Norbu Rinpoche, Kyabjé Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, and is now engaged in practising the full cycle of Dzogchen teachings she has received. In her youth she practised many yidams from the Könchog Shindu gTerma cycle, and is a Dorje Phurba and Hayagriva master. But now she devotes herself to Dzogchen men-ngak-dé and togal practice and engages in a 3-4 month retreat every year. She now lives at the Yeshé Tsogyel Retreat Place established by Lama Gyaltsen Rinpoche, and presided over by Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche.