The passing of Khandro Tsering Chodron
Khandro Tsering Chodron, one of the foremost women practitioners of our time, passed away on the 30th of May 2011 at Lerab Ling in France. Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche were both present at the moment of her passing, where she showed all the signs of attaining the final accomplishment of a great dzogchen practitioner.
Recording of Khandro-la Singing
Download Khandro-la singing
A Song of Karmapa's Prediction
This recording was sent in by Serena Yang in Taiwan. She writes:
The recording of Khandro-la's singing was not good, and because the tape recorder always got stuck, the ending part of the song can't be heard easily. Still, it's a gift from Ringu Tulku to me when I visited Khandro-la in December, 2003. Tulku said, Khandro-la wanted him to fix the tape recorder, and the tape of her singing just happened to be inside it, so he let me make a copy of that recording. The song is about the 16th Karmapa's prediction of him fleeing to India and also in the end, H. H. Dalai Lama will return to Tibet. Ringu Tulku also said that Karmapa always encouraged Khandro-la to sing, for she had a really nice voice. -Serena Yang
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Ich durfte Khandro Tsering Codron am 04.01.2010 begegnen.
In Ihren freundlichen Augen durfte ich einen kurzen Einblick haben in eine weite groče liebende G╝te.
Es eroffnete sich mir ein unendlich weiter Horizont ,ein g╝tiger liebender Blick auf die Welt
und Ihre Spiele.
Nat╝rlich bin ich sehr traurig ,aber ich stelle mir auch vor, dass Sie von Jamyang Khyentse Cokyi Lodro
empfangen wird , mit Ihm tanzt und gl╝cklich ist und vor Freude singt.
Und auch Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche alle alle.................................alle alle sind da!
Dass ist ein trostliches Bild.
Groče Dankbarkeit und Liebe auch f╝r
Sogyal Rimpoche und seine Mutter
Khandro Tsering was the first Tibetan manifestation of the mother lineage I had the honour of meeting. While directing her household at Marpa House during her visit to Boulder in the early eighties, I basked in her kind and radiant smile, and the lovely and haunting sound of her songs.
When the visit ended Khandro Tsering gave me her photo which I kept on my shrine for some years, and an amulet with a mirror on one side and the wheel of life on the other. She explained it had protective properties.
A year or two later, while on a month-long retreat at Dorje Khyung Dzong, I experienced obstacles which felt like attacks from a malevolent force. Recalling the amulet, which I had with my practice materials, I put it around my neck and felt incredible peace of mind. I wore it for many years afterwards, always feeling her blessings and protection. May Khandro Tsering's blessings continue to benefit the world.
Dear Dharma friends,
Does anyone know where the stupa of Chokyi Lodro is now? It was inside that Royal Monastery of Sikkim, and so much blessings were there. I couldn't bear but crying continuously when I first saw it.
Does anyone know when and where the cremation will be held? Thank you!!
Yours in the Dharma,
I do have something special that Khandro Tsering has left with Ringu Tulku, her singing of the 16th Karmapa's prediction of him leaving Tibet and arriving in India. However, I need time to transfer the tape to mp3 files. Also, I have met her in person during late 2003 when she was still in Sikkim. Here's the link to my blog (in Chinese, though) with a photo taken with her at that time: http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/serenalotus-blog/article?mid=5176&prev=-1&next=5169
Yours in the Dharma,
I was teaching at Vidya School in Boulder. It was either 1980 or 1981, when
the Vidyadhara encouraged Khandro Tsering as part of her visit to see the
school and she seemed quiet pleased with the prospect. The students and
teachers were only briefly told that there would be a visit, but we really
didn't know who the lady would be. At the time of her arrival I was
teaching the 5th and 6th grades in the room that had been a garage,
converted into a white walled classroom with siding door windows where the
garage door had been. Khandro Tsering entered from the kitchen door side of
the room. She was silent and stayed a while simply smiling and watching.
Even when she moved to the back of the room in front of the sliding doors
she radiated peacefulness. I remember Mitra Green, Jessica Witt, Ingrid
Visser, Matt Ohm and other children in the room commenting on her quiet
presence after she left. She left us all curious, but with only a powerful,
felt memory of unbiased compassion. -Linda Lewis
Here is my hommage to this Lady of Wisdom:
It was in the seventies during Khandroma Tsering Chodrons visit to London that I was allowed to participate in an outing with her.
Since it was her first visit to europe the tour began with a visit to Harrods ,the famous shopping center at Knightsbridge.It was thought that Khandroma-la might be interested to explore such a monument to western life style.
Khandroma-la went through most departments at a brisk pace.She was repeatedly offered a variety of gifts by Riga ,the Tibetan Lady who accompanied her .But Khandroma-la always smiled and said she did not need anything.She was so totally in the moment and down to earth.
She did stop for a few seconds to inspect the carpets on offer and seemed to exchange a few words with Riga about the lack of workmanship and quality.In any case she was so completely detached from all these beautiful and desirable objects.
As we prepared to leave and stood in the huge entry hall Khandroma-la asked us to stop and invited us to offer together with her all we had seen to Guru Rinpoche and all the Buddhas.
Then she folded her hands in the mudra and offered a mandala right there in the center of Harrods with great humility and indescribable dignity
Later in the day we visited a small English village and walked on a pebble path through a churchyard. Suddenly Khandroma-la stopped and picked up a pebble.She held it up and said 'It looks like Guru Rinpoche'.She then said 'Guru Rinpoche is everywhere and in everything'. It may have been translated by Riga but I felt she was talking to me directly and the message went deep into my heart and mind.
Circumstances did not allow me to meet her again for any length of time. But I have never forgotten these precious moments and will always treasure them. -Erika Belair
Khandro Tsering Chodron
Khandro Tsering was born in the Earth Snake year (1929) into a prominent family of Kham. She married Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's predecessor) in 1948, at a time when he was in poor health and many of his disciples were urging him to take a consort to prolong his life. For the next eleven years she served as his attendant and devoted companion, receiving countless teachings and transmissions, requesting practices and prayers and putting questions to him in the form of songs.
Khandro Tsering Chodron traveled with Jamyang Khyentse from Kham to Central Tibet in 1955, and later to India and to Sikkim, where they settled at the temple of the Royal Palace in Gangtok. Khandro continued to live there for many years after Jamyang Khyentse passed away in 1959, quietly devoting her life to constant prayer in the presence of his reliquary stupa. She has travelled to Europe and America several times at the request of her nephew Sogyal Rinpoche.
In the 1980s, Khandro Tsering Chodron visited Trungpa Rinpoche's sangha in Boulder, Colorado, where many Western students were deeply moved by her presence. At one point, Trungpa Rinpoche asked her to sing during a Vajrayogini feast in Boulder. In the end she did not actually sing, but a recording of her singing was played during the feast. Students who were there remember the haunting power of her voice. If you were there, or if you have a memory of Khandro Tsering Chodron, please let us know: .
My Vital AdviceBy Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro
Homage to the unsurpassed savior, the Lord of Oddiyana.
Now that you've found this precious human life with freedom and richness,
Take care not to squander it unconsciously.
Push yourself to uncover the meaning of this life.
Your mind is the source of everything.
It is skilled in deception and manipulation, and beguiling when unexamined.
Once you look into it, it is without basis or root.
It comes from nowhere, stays nowhere and goes nowhere.
Everything, including samsara and nirvana,
Is but a reflection of pure and impure mind;
In reality, neither samsara nor nirvana exist.
The source of compassionate awareness
Is primordially empty. Though free from characteristics,
It is not just a barren nothingness
But is luminous and naturally present.
Pristine awareness is not captured by names and labels.
The endless unfolding of samsara and nirvana pours forth as its radiance.
At the same time, there is no rift between the place from where all these come and that which is coming;
Remain in that nondual place.
Unborn dharmakaya Rigpa
Arises naturally without cause or condition.
Alert, fresh and naked,
It is uncolored by dualistic mind
And unpolluted by intellectual ideas.
Stay in that spontaneously arisen meditation.
Even the words "to meditate" are but words;
In reality, there is no meditator and nothing to meditate on.
Without distraction, always maintain empty awareness,
The true face of dharmakaya.
The deluded karma of samsara will never run out.
The more you work to solve your problems, the greater they become.
Belief in enemies and friends grows and grows,
And the causes for incarnating in lower realms pile up.
Direct yourself toward the dharma,
And if you can bring dharma to every action, word and thought,
You will uncover the great awakening, the path to liberation.
When death falls upon you, you will regret nothing.
During this life and in those to come,
You will walk the path of ever-growing happiness.
Atop your head and in your heart,
Imagine as a single being
Your most kind guru and the great Lord of Oddiyana.
Feel an upwelling of unbearable longing and devotion.
Whatever joy or sorrow befalls you, whatever favor or misfortune,
Pray forever to the lord Guru.
Let your minds flow together, yours at one with his.
As death draws near, let go of all attachment and hatred.
Picture Guru Padmasambhava above your head;
Imagine your consciousness as an orb of light, marked with the syllable Hri;
Dissolve that into the heart of the guru.
If you practice regularly now
And recite "The Aspiration to Be Born in the Copper-Colored Mountain,"
At death, a clear visualization will be easy.
To put it briefly, the essence of dharma
Is to cut through clinging to samsara,
To cultivate love and compassion toward those in the six realms
And to completely tame one's mind.
Without distraction, please always practice thus.
Even though I am immune to dharma, have no experience of meditation, and just use up the donations, I, Chokyi Lodro, wrote this according to what the past masters have taught, to fulfill the request of the yogini Pad Lu.
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