Exchange between Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and his wife, Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Photo: Khandro Tsering Chödrön offering a khatag to Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodrö in Bodhgaya.

“Listen! Precious Lama, without remembering the dharma from the depth of my heart, I have just realized my life has ebbed. I am sure that when I die I will go to hell.” Thus wrote Khandro Tsering Chödrön.

As a reply the husband-lama wrote, “But you know what to do. You have means to escape in your hand. Even though you can’t practice myriad ways of practicing the dharma, if you can maintain kindness and dedicate the merit, have aspiration and remember the nature of the mind that is clear and empty in union and most importantly if you remember the guru and supplicate, that is the essence of all the teachings of the Buddha.”

Translated by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

From Khyentse Foundation newsletter

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8 Responses to Exchange between Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and his wife, Khandro Tsering Chödrön

  1. Leila Bellon says:

    Thank you I will tresure this in the center of my heart.

  2. Pema Wangmo says:

    I am really sad to hear that Khandro Tshering Choden passed on to heavenly abode. I was inspired by her kindness and compassionate presence though I did not meet her in person. She was so charming. I pray that may all the living sentient beings be liberated from samsara and attain same enlightenment. I will always keep the speech in my mind what Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö told to his wife, Khandro Tsering Chödrön about the dharma. May all the sentient beings be blessed. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  3. marlou van Hoorn says:

    Recognize…meaningfull words, if practice is not so strong…even though Khandro-la has always been most likely a very great practioner also…beneath the fact that she also lived according the advice above…:)

  4. Gaki Lhamo says:

    Thank you, RInpoche for sharing this precious and profound exchange of wisdom between Khandro Tsering Chodron and Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. May they bless us all….

  5. karma says:

    i am deeply sad to hear this news.

  6. Pema says:

    I am deeply moved by the conversation between two greatest practitioners. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us. We will always follow the instructions of the great masters of the past. Thank you very much.

    • Adryel says:

      Mahala, I enjoyed your post very much. You’ve ilrtaulsted the sufferings many people place on themselves, intentionally or unintentionally. To this specific situation, it sounds like a struggle of interests and it seems you weren’t ecstatic with the outcome either. To my understanding, the worries that trouble you may have to do with your attachment to conditions of the present and possible changes of the future, things that may or may not happen but haven’t yet. There are way too many what ifs’ in life. How many can you possibly ponder and worry over? One can only be as well-prepared for the future as possible, but one must live in the present, and presently, one should be happy and limit suffering. The endless troubling thoughts that bother you creates stress and physical repercussions.I don’t think it’s a matter of leaping into the unknown, but rather how prepared you are in dealing with situations and still be at peace with what comes your way. And in terms of releasing the attachments, I would suggest you see yourself in a second or even third person’s perspective. What would be the greatest compassionate action you would advise? What is truly a greater good and more beneficial? Or even ask, what would Buddhas and Boddhisattvas do? Maybe with this practice or imitation’ of Buddhas and Boddhisattvas that we will soon be one and making decisions would be a breeze and worry-free.

  7. Damche Tenzin, Bhutan says:

    The sublime dedication of Khandro Tsering Choden to Jamyang Khentse Lodroe and to Dharma is unsurpassable! I have not met her but heard about her wonders during the teachings of Sogyel Rinpoche in Bhutan. I have listened to her unique voice while chanting mantra and this takes us into a different world of bliss and peace. May her soul rest in peace in heaven. May she continue to bless you all sentient beings from Dewachen Zhingkham!

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