Consecration of the Stupa for
Khandro Tsering Chödrön

A Special Programme of Teachings, Practice and Empowerments with
His Holiness Sakya Trizin and other guest masters

‘In a figure like Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the greatest woman master of our day, you see very clearly what years of the deepest devotion and practice can create out of the human spirit.’ Sogyal Rinpoche in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Khandro Tsering Chödrön was revered as one of the greatest woman masters of recent times and her presence at Lerab Ling during her final years of her life was a tremendous source of blessing for all. In loving memory of this truly exceptional spiritual practitioner, Sogyal Rinpoche initiated the construction of a stupa at Lerab Ling to contain her relics.

Supervised by the expert master, Tulku Rigdzin Pema, the stupa will be completed by July 2014, ready for consecration by His Holiness Sakya Trizin and other great masters we have invited.

To mark this very special occasion, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Sogyal Rinpoche, and other guest masters, will give a series of teachings and empowerments over the course of this 9-day retreat that is open to all Dharma practitioners.

We warmly invite everyone who has a special connection with Khandro Tsering Chödrön, or the guest masters who will be present, to attend this exceptional event from 26 July – 3 August.

We will have more information closer to the event, but for now you can register and book your travels in advance.


How to Make a Donation to Building the Stupa for Khandro Tsering Chödrön

All those who were touched by Khandro’s presence and inspired by her extraordinary example are invited to contribute towards building a commemorative stupa in her honour at Lerab Ling.

A stupa, or chorten, is symbolic representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and is one of the most known and sacred of all Buddhist symbols and monuments. Contributing towards the construction of a stupa is said to bring inconceivable benefit to the donor, both now and in future lives.

Please make a donation to the Khandro Memorial Fund. Thank you for your generosity to this very special project!

8 Responses to

  1. Jambay Tashi says:

    I was shocked to hear about our Great Khandro Tsering Chodron’s Parinirvana. She was indeed Greatest Dakini Master, who had lots of influence on sentient beings with immeasurable compassionate at heart. She has not left the world, but she will be Returner (of Lham-zhe) Four Path) on the earth to complete her un-finish task for sentient beings. I am sure she is now in Copper Colored Mountain – Guru Rinpoche’s Zangto Pelri. I visualize that in my heart, she is receiving further instructions from Guru Rinpoche. This how I visualize when she is in celestial world and with Guru Rinpoche.

    May Guru Rinpoche Bless her with his Body Wang(Ku),
    May Guru Rinpoche Bless her with his Speech Wang(Sung),
    May Guru Rinpoche Bless her with his Mind Wang(Thug).

    Oh! Ati Guru Rinpoche please take care of her at Zangto Pelri.

    With my homage and prayers for her peace in the celestial world.

    Jambay Tashi,
    GNHC, Thimphu-Bhutan
    29th June 2011

  2. To be close to Khandro-la and to serve her for the last years and especially the last six months was the best that ever happened to me.

    The three days after her passing, the cloudless sky here at Lerab Ling, was as lucid, blue and clear as never before. Khandro-la was everywhere, all pervasive, her presence was enormous. There was only joy, bliss and freedom: she will never die, she is beyond coming and going, and she has always been like that!

    Khandro-la was so incredibly well this winter, so content and cheerful, so at ease, so much with us and with everyone who wanted to see her and receive a blessing. Her door was always open and she enjoyed the visitors, who received a cup of tea, and “chiri”, some sweets and cookies. She would gently touch the faces of the ones who would dare to come that close to her and these moments were always very deep and touching, many of them started crying.

    Being in her spaciousness also had a strong sense of density and even speed, though all her movements were so slow and always precise. May be it is better to say that it was fullness or richness or beauty, that was so much around her and she was exuding pure love, unconditional love, all the time.

  3. Tineke Peeters says:

    I remember still vividly, even though it is now more than thirty years ago, the moment I met Khandro-la for the first time. I was on a summer retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, my first retreat, and had taken my son Arwen, who was then three years old, with me. That afternoon I was already feeling so light and happy. Someone had taken Arwen for a walk, and I decided I would join the kitchen crew, preparing dinner for about 100 people. So I happily walked down to the storeroom, to see what would be a good choice for making dinner.

    And then suddenly there she was, standing in front of the main house. I stood stock-still, enraptured. Such beauty, such grace, such strength, such simpleness, such warmth, I can go on endlessly and still not find words. At the time, my mind, that had just only caught a first whiff of the depths of this marvellous and amazing spiritual tradition, conceptualized the longing that came from the depths of my heart and mind, “ How I wish I could start a conversation.”
    That moment never lost its beauty and strength.

    Now, so many years later, I’m at home, and through illness not able to go to Lerab Ling. I have put a large, beautiful photograph of Khandro-la on my shrine, and lay in my bed, just looking at her. And each and every time I look at Khandro-la, without any effort my devotion just opens up, to her, to all the masters, with a depth I have not known before. It is indeed a marvellous and amazing, great and dear gift and blessing. My gratitude to Khandro-la, to Sogyal Rinpoche, to all the masters, tears come to my eyes, how can I ever express it in words…

  4. 20 years ago I walked accidently into the Rigpa Centre in Amsterdam. The next moment I was caught by the warmth of some eyes and a beautiful smile, which appears to be the eyes and the smile of Khandro Tsering Chödrön. I bought the photo and carry her with me for all these years. Sometimes I forgot where she was, but I always knew she was somewhere around me. To be honest I have never practised meditation (only tai chi chuan every now and than) but she has always a special place in my heart, for now and forever :)

    Maybe this is a good moment to start to meditate…is there a guide ?

  5. I never had a chance to meet Khandro in person, but as a Rigpa student I feel that she has blessed us all.

  6. Cinzia says:

    The first time I saw a photo of Khandro Tsering Chodron I felt the same warm, sweet and deep love I received from my dear grandmother. Her smile and her gaze were shining bright light. She has been inspiring me since that first moment… I’m gratefull to life to have got the opportunity to meet her in Lerab Ling. She will inspire me forever… a brilliant and kind and strong love! Thank you Khandro :)

  7. Nikola NOVKOVIC says:

    I am a new student in Buddhism in Belgium. As Cinzia wrote, when I saw a picture of Khandro Tsering Chodron in our center in Brussels, I felt warmth and a lot of humility and compassion coming out of her smiling face… I feel happy and the will to share a lot,each time I see her… Thank you for bringing me so much into my hart, Your smile and your love will bring a lot of light, warmness and wisdom here on earth and all places you may be.

  8. Karma says:

    The moment I saw the Khandro’s photo, I felt like my mother loving me with smile, I felt like I am blessed by my most wanted person with warmth, humility and compassion and my tears fall from my eyes with happiness, such a beautiful, sweet and deep loving face, I wish if I have mat you in person before you pass-away. Khando Rimpochey, u look smiler to my mother and I consider my mother as U and I feel like I am blessed by U. We everybody in this world are in need of your blessing, so please bless us anywhere ur.

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