Khandro Thrinlay Chodron
Khandro Thrinlay Chodon has, all her life, quietly and diligently practiced the Buddhist teachings in her precious family lineage. Her great grandfather was the great Drukpa yogi, Drubwang Shakya Shri. Her father was Kyabje Apho Rinpoche and her mother, Sangyum Urgyen Chodon, was also an accomplished yogini, who first sowed the seed for her daughter’s enduring passion for the spiritual teaching and practice in daily life.
She was trained as a child with the late Yogi Gegen Khyentse, a master of the Six Yogas of Naropa and Mahamudra, from whom she received all the empowerments and transmissions of the Drukpa lineage. She also studied with the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and has practiced in solitary retreat under the guidance of the late Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche.
In her early adult life, Khandro-la’s spiritual master, Gegen Khyentse, recognized Khandro-la’s capacity to manifest dharma activities and gave the name Khachodling to her vision. Khandro Thrinlay Chodon married His Holiness the Ninth Shabdrung Ngawang Jigme Rinpoche. ‘Khandro’ is a title received through marriage to Shabdrung Rinpoche and means ‘Dakini’ in Sanskrit. This title refers to the wisdom quality within the feminine essence. Shabdrung Rinpoche passed away in 2003, and since that time, Khandro Thrinlay Chodon has been devoting herself to her vision of establishing Khachodling. This has become her life’s work of spiritual training and activity. It has manifested in a series of projects that are united by a strong spiritual purpose.
“The word ‘Khachodling’ holds a deep spiritual meaning for me. Simply stated it is the place where the heart essence of wisdom, known as the feminine principle in Buddhism, is nourished and respected. Compassionate Action flows unceasingly from this source. Literally translated from the Tibetan, this is a ‘land of the blissful dakinis’.
Khachodling, this vision – my life’s work, is an offering to the wisdom of my great masters. It is a goal-less journey.
I am not quite sure from where it came and where it is leading. But I do know that, myself and Khachodling have always been blessed by my precious masters, and these blessings will always continue.”