Venerable Khacho Wangmo

Venerable Khacho Wangmo was born in 1890 as the daughter of Bangri Dadul in Kham. At the age of 13 she died, but a lama ordered that she may be left untouched for one week. After that time she suddenly came back to life. Since then her fame spread all over Tibet and she was known as Jare Lhamo (Dakini) and Delog. Delog (‘das log) is a designation of someone who experienced a return from death.

Khacho Wangmo took the vows from the third Tsele Tulku Konchog Ngawang Trinle and her root lama was Terton Osel Dorje. Her main practice was Dorje Phagmo (Vajravarahi) and she was considered an emanation of Dorje Phagmo.

In 1979 she took over responsibility for the nunnery Tsele Gon Samten Choling, founded by Tsele Tulku. Tsele Gon is the biggest Drikung Nunnery in Eastern Tibet with more than 500 nuns. Venerable Khacho Wangmo was considered one of the most revered nuns in Tibet, a highly realized Yogini, renowned for her knowledge of the three times and deeply venerated all over Kham.

On December 2, 2007 Venerable Tsele Khandro Rinpoche passed away at an age of 117 years. When Khacho Wangmo departed this life on the 23rd day of the 10th Tibetan lunar month of the fire pig year, her body remained for three days in a meditative posture (thugs dam). His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche told Tsele Tulku and Gar Mingyur Rinpoche to build a stupa for her relics (sku gdung).

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