Pema Khandro is the mother of Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche, Sangye Pema Shepa, and the wife of the late Dudjom Rinpoche’s own son, Dola Tulku Jigme Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.
Oral stories recount that before Dudjom Rinpoche passed away, he mentioned that: “I will go to China, and I will be reborn into my own family.” He was reborn exactly as predicted. When Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche’s mother was three months pregnant, one day she saw a rainbow over their house and she knew that it was an auspicious sign. Since then, many rainbows have appeared to them, and some even appeared inside their room.
It was the terton and wisdom dakini, Khandro Tare Lhamo, the daughter of a great terton in Golok, Aphang Terton, who first recognised him as the tulku of HH Dudjom Rinpoche.