Tashi Khyidren

Tashi Khyidren was one of the five main consorts of Guru Rinpoche, an emanation of Vajravarahi‘s enlightened activity. She was born into the family of King Hamra who at that time ruled over the mountainous Mon country to the south of Tibet, which includes the present day kingdoms of Sikkim and Bhutan. 

Her faith in Dharma awakened when she was a child. At the age of thirteen she met Yeshe Tsogyal who was meditating in the Nering Drak Cave and subjugating the local spirits. Full of admiration for the yogini, from time to time she brought her milk and honey.

After Yeshe Tsogyal succeeded in subjecting the spirits and also the hostile local people, Tashi Khyidren’ s father came to pay her homage, and Tsogyal asked him to give her his daughter. King Hamra obliged, and Tsogyal changed his daughter’s name from Khyidren (Leader of Dogs) to Chidren (Fortunate Guide of Mankind). Soon after, Khyidren accompanied Yeshe Tsogyal to Womphu Taktsang in Tibet, where she met Guru Rinpoche.

He asked Yeshe Tsogyal to give him Tashi Khyidren to perform as his mudra in the initiatory rites of Dorje Phurba (Vajrakilaya), which he was to perform for the protection of Tibet. Tashi Khyidren played an important role as the secondary consort of the Guru in this initiation and obtained siddhi of realization. In the symbology of the Phurba-tantra, Tashi Khyidren was the tigress upon which Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal, as Phurba and Consort, rode to subject the gods and demons of Tibet. 

In Paro Taktsang, Bhutan, Guru Rinpoche manifested as Dorje Drolo and Tashi Khyidren transformed herself into a fierce flying tigress to serve as his mount, and in this form they oath-bound many of the powerful non-human spirits of Tibet and Bhutan, and later she assisted him in concealing many terma treasures.

Tashi Kyidren is considered one of the most compassionate dakinis of Tibet, after Yeshe Tsogyal. She remained a disciple of Yeshe Tsogyal for the remainder of the Dakini Guru’s life. At the end of her life Tashi Khyidren went to the pure land of Zangdok Palri, without leaving a dead body after her. Later Tashi Khyidren was reborn as Machig Labdron‘s only daughter.

Source: based on the biography of Yeshe Tsogyal, “Sky Dancer, The Secret Life and Songs of the Tibetan Lady Yeshe Tsogyel” by Keith Dowman.

Image:  Guru Rinpoche and Tashi Khyidren manifesting as Dorje Drolo standing on a Fierce Tigress.  From Dorje Drollo” thangka by Images Of Enlightenment at Dakini As Art.