Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche is the eldest daughter of H.H. Dharma King Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche of the Nyingma Sect of Buddhism. She was recognized at the age of two by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the Dakini of the Tsurphu Monastery, Ugyen Tsomo. The Dakini is the incarnation of the consort of Guru Padmasambhava, holy mother Yeshe Tsogyal. It is even more significant that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has personally recognized H.E. Khandro Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the holy mother, Yeshe Tsogyal.
The holy mother Yeshe Tsogyal is an patriarch of many important terma lineages. For example, it is recorded in the first chapter of the second volume of “Terma Treasury” written by H.H. Guru Kongtrul Yonten Gyatso, the reincarnation of Manjushri Bodhisattva, that the holy mother Yeshe Tsogyal”s terma lineage includes “Tathagatha Initiation Vajra Tantra Collection—Pure Treasure Vase,” “King of Freedom the Holy Path of Liberation and Freedom—Fundamental Initiation for Spirits and Gods Relating to the Cycle of Birth and Death,” “Filthiness and Impureness Initiation,” “Sharp Knife of Fire Initiation,” “Tantric Commentary on Empowering Lambs,” “Tathagatha Tantra Collection Karma Rituals,” and “The Rituals of Divine Path of Liberation Initiation.” The holy mother Yeshe Tsogyal received the dharma teachings that were transmitted to Jingfen Guan Shi Yin by Infinite Light Buddha and then to Guru Padmasambhava. They were transmitted to the Tibetan King Trisong Detsan, Great Terton Nima Weise, Nie Xio, Candan Zhutuo, Zha We, Zhaba Jiancan, Cichen Jungnai, Xirao Jiebu, Nanke Jiancan, Gadan Jiacuo, Mijuli Zhuoba, Jenqing Pingcuo, Zanba-Awanba, Gewang-Xiolin, Luozhu Jiancan, Xianpan Duojie, Chenglai Longzho, and Great Terton Deqin Jome Dorje.
The holy mother Yeshe Tsogyal manifested herself as a celestial eagle during the time she propagated Buddha-dharma and benefited living beings. She revealed immeasurable supernatural powers such as leaving footprints on rocks, taming demons and devils, flying in the air and penetrating the ground, etc. She was reincarnated as Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche.
Starting at a very young age, H.E. Khandro Rinpoche received dharma teachings from her three root masters, who were His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and her father H.H. Dharma King Mindrolling Trichen. She is a great female master in Tibetan Buddhism who holds both the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages. The rinpoche is fluent in Tibetan, Indian dialects and has had extensive education in English. She has been traveling to Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia since 1987 to transmit dharma and perform initiations. Each year she maintains a schedule teaching self-cultivation in retreats and transmitting Buddha-dharma to her disciples in North America and the Shambhala Center in Europe. Such effort is very critical to the promotion and propagation of the Vajrayana in the western world.
In May of 2007 when H.E. Khandro Rinpoche read the A Treasury of True Buddha Dharma about H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, she was very happy and grateful. She immediately wrote a letter of congratulations.