Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro RinpocheHer Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was born in 1968 and is the eldest daughter of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Gyurme Künzang Wangyal, the 11th Mindrolling throne holder of the renowned Mindrolling lineage. The Mindrolling lineage is one of the six main Nyingma Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Throughout its history, some of the greatest masters of their time have been born within the Mindrolling lineage. Mindrolling has also had the unique lineage of great female masters who have been great teachers and yoginis who have been inspiration for generations to come. This great line of female masters is known as the Jetsünma line and is one of the most remarkable features of Mindrolling. The Jetsünmas have been daughters of various Mindrolling Trichens over the years and this line has produced some of the greatest and most inspirational figures in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Beginning with Jetsün Mingyur Paldrön (1699-1769), the daughter of Chögyal Terdag Lingpa (founder of Mindrolling), to Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche (1968 - ), the daughter of the 11th Mindrolling Trichen, Mindrolling has maintained an extraordinary tradition of female teachers.

When Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was ten months old, she was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of the great Dakini of Tshurphu, Khandro Orgyen Tsomo, the consort of the 15th Karmapa. Khandro Orgyen Tsomo was known throughout Tibet as one of the most respected and revered female masters who spent most of her life in retreat and was known to all as Khandro Chenmo or the Great Dakini. Thus, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, as a Jetsünma within the Mindrolling lineage and a Tulku within the Kagyu lineage holds both the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages.

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche began receiving teachings and transmissions from a very young age from some of the most revered Tibetan masters of our age such as Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Kyabje Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche and Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche.

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has been teaching internationally for over seventeen years all across the world. Rinpoche has been especially teaching extensively in North America, Europe and Asia since 1992. In 1993 Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche established the Samten Tse Retreat Center in Mussoorie, India. Samten Tse is the result of Rinpoche's vision of a place of study and retreat for both monastics and Western lay practitioners where students from the East and West can live together harmoniously in a spiritual community and practice in implementing the teachings of buddhadharma in daily life.

As president of Samten Tse Charitable Projects and Mindrolling International Rinpoche heads various charitable projects and sponsorships including sponsorship of the elderly, Tibetan Women's Development Projects, Tibetan Youth Projects, sponsorship of students, development of medical clinics, the Leprosy Project, sponsorship of retreatants as well as numerous community development projects. Rinpoche directs all charitable projects under the Vajra Vidyadhara projects, Shri Dharma Sagara projects and the Ayujana projects.

Rinpoche is also actively involved with the Mindrolling Monastery in India. Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche has also been actively engaged in the preservation and flourishing of the authentic dharma. In keeping with this aspiration, Rinpoche has sponsored some of the greatest transmissions of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche sponsored the entire set of Kama transmissions bestowed by Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in 1997-1998, the entire Minling Chökhor (complete set of transmissions within the Mindrolling lineage) bestowed by Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche in 2007 and the Great Rinchen Terdzöd bestowed by Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in 2008-2009. All these transmissions were attended by thousands of tulkus, monastics and lay practitioners from all over the world and were held at the Mindrolling monastery in India.

Lotus Garden Retreat Center, the North American Seat of Mindrolling International was established by Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in 2003 in accordance with the command of her root teacher and father, His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen. Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche's vision of Lotus Garden is a place of study and practice of the precious buddhadharma where practitioners can live together harmoniously as a sangha and can learn to both learn and serve the dharma. Rinpoche envisions Lotus Garden as a place where the wisdom of all lineages is studied and venerated. In keeping with this wish of Rinpoche, Lotus Garden has hosted teachers from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Lotus Garden is wholly dedicated to the preservation and growth of the Buddhadharma in general and of the Mindrolling lineage in particular. Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche leads various centres and associations in many countries all over the world including Samten Tse Association in France, Samten Tse Germany, Samten Tse Greece, Samten Tse Denmark, Samten Tse Czech Republic and Samten Tse Poland.

In 2003, Rinpoche's book entitled This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment, was published by Shambhala Publications. It has since then been translated into German, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Danish, Mandarin and Norwegian.

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche divides her time between teaching and personal retreats and studies in India and, teaching engagements and growing dharma activities in the United States and Europe.

Photo Credit: Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, ©2009 Diana Blok, All Rights Reserved