Venerable Khandro Rinpoche

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen, who is head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the most renowned Tibetan Lamas currently living. Born into the Mindrolling lineage, Khandro Tsering Paldrön was recognized at the age of two by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as the re-incarnation of the Great Dakini of Tsurphu, Khandro Ugyen Tsomo, one of the most renowned female masters of her time. The present Khandro Rinpoche holds the lineages of both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions.

Khandro Rinpoche has received teachings and transmissions from some of the most accomplished masters of the 20th century, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Eminence Trulzhig Rinpoche, His Eminance Tenga Rinpoche, His Eminance Tsetrul Rinpoche and His Eminance Tullku Ugyen Rinpoche.

Rinpoche maintains a rigorous schedule, teaching in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Greece. She established the Samten Tse Retreat Center in Mussoori, India, which is home to 30 nuns and also provides a place of study and retreat for monastics and western lay practitioners. Khandro Rinpoche serves as the resident teacher the Lotus Garden in rural Virginia, a center she established for retreat practice, the study of crucial Buddhist texts, and visiting teachers from all lineages. She is also actively involved with the Mindrolling Monastery in Dehra Dun, India.

Her first book, entitled This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment, was published by Shambhala Publications in 2003.