Saturday, October 30, 2010

Khandro Rinpoche

Ever wondered if Tibetan Buddhism has enlightened FEMALE masters?

Well here is one...


Khandro Rinpoche is the reincarnation of a famous female master of the past. Therefore, though quite rare for a woman [it has to be said], she bears the highest honorific title, 'Rinpoché' ['Precious One'].

Below you can read what the extraordinary Rigpa Wiki has to say about this wonderful master - a modern woman and living buddha.

Finally, please rejoice and enjoy a very recent video teaching of Khandro Rinpoche at Lerab Ling in France when she offered a dharma talk entitled 'Compassion Versus Competition: An Essential Teaching on the Buddhist Practice of Lojong'. Many thanks, as ever, to Robert Gassler at Rigpa International.


Khandro Rinpoche

From Rigpa Wiki

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in Lerab Ling, October 2010
Khandro Rinpoche Tsering Paldrön (b.1967) is the daughter of Kyabjé Minling Trichen Rinpoche.
She was recognized at the age of two by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as the reincarnation of the great dakini of Tsurphu, Khandro Ugyen Tsomo, one of the most renowned female masters of her time. The present Khandro Rinpoche holds the lineages of both the Nyingma and Kagyü traditions.
Khandro Rinpoche has received teachings and transmissions from some of the most accomplished masters of the 20th century, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Minling Trichen, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Rinpoche maintains a rigorous schedule, teaching from both the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions in the USA including Hawaii, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Greece. She has established and heads the Samten Tse Retreat Center in Mussoori, India, which is home to 30 nuns and also provides a place of study and retreat for monastics and western lay practitioners. Rinpoche is also resident teacher at the Lotus Garden Retreat Center in Virginia, USA, which she established to provide retreat practice, the study of important Buddhist texts, and visiting teachers from all lineages. Rinpoche is also actively involved with the Mindroling Monastery in Dehra Dun, India.
She also heads a variety of charitable projects that supply health care and Buddhist education for monastics and lay practitioners who work side by side in a variety of challenging settings—including a leprosy project.


  • This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment (Shambhala Publications, 2003)

Teachings Given at Rigpa Centres

  • Lerab Ling, 1 October 2010, 'Compassion Versus Competition: An Essential Teaching on the Buddhist Practice of Lojong'

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