Khandro Tsering Chödrön
“With the blessings of Tsogyal, wisdom dakini of great bliss,
Emanation of the lady of Shelkar,
Ayu Dharma Dipam (Long Life, Lamp of the Dharma), to you I pray.
Grant your blessing so that all our wishes in accordance with the Dharma be fulfilled.”
By Dzongsar Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö
Khandro Tsering Chödrön was one of the greatest practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism of recent times. She was the spiritual wife of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö — and she was a true dakini, loved and revered by all the masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and an inspiration to Buddhist practitioners everywhere.
Khandro spent the final years of her life at Lerab Ling, France. She inspired everyone she met with her exceptional wisdom, grace and compassion, and all were struck by the atmosphere that she created simply through her presence.
As one person said, “Khandro-la’s very being was a blessing to all who came in contact with her, because in one glimpse, one could receive this profound teaching from her, just because of who she was and how she was.” Another said, “To be with Khandro was like coming home. It was a feeling of freedom; of resting in yourself, of being content with yourself, and of being completely happy.”
Many visitors to Lerab Ling have established a strong connection with Khandro merely by seeing a photograph of her — even those who are not Buddhist practitioners.
Prayer to Khandro Tsering Chödrön by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche
“Namo guravé! Homage to the lama! Outwardly, you are Sarasvati, the daughter of Brahma, Inwardly, you are the youthful lady Tara, Secretly, you are the innate Vajravarahi, You who embody them all—the dakini of the Lakar family—may you reign supreme!
The great master of Orgyen knows all past, present and future, and with his vajra words The revealers of the terma treasures, those universal kings of realization, Have praised you in their predictions, undisputed, As the emanation of Shelkar Dorje Tso —and so to you I pray!
Just as they foretold in their vajra prophecies, You joined Pema Yeshe Dorje, supreme embodiment of skilful means, As the consort symbolizing wisdom and emptiness— Lady of great bliss, granter of the four joys, to you I pray!
Moved by a devotion so deep that I perceive lama and consort as indivisible, From the core of my heart I pray: on such a person as me Grant your blessings, so that the bliss-emptiness of chandali is invoked, And the blissful warmth and wisdom are set ablaze!
Through the blessings of such a prayer as this, May my mind be turned towards the Dharma, May Dharma progress along the path, and, as delusory appearances Are purified into wisdom, may I come to master the bodhichitta supreme!
In this and all my future lives, hold me in your compassion! At all times and in any situation, grant me your blessing, I pray! For in this life, the next and in the bardo state, O Jetsünma, there is no other source of hope for me but you!
When the supreme Khandro Tsering Chödrön was absorbed into the expanse of primordial purity, the youthful vase body, one who joyfully seeks her protection, Orgyen Tobgyal, made this prayer of whatever came into his mind and then, some days later, had it inscribed on a sheet of white paper.”