Lhasa, Tibet circa 1956 and Dordogne, France 1984
Khandro Tsering Chödrön, Khyentse Sangyum, beloved by so many, passed away on the 30th of May 2011 at Lerab Ling in France.
Sogyal Rinpoche wrote about her in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: “In a figure like Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the greatest woman master of our day, who was the wife of my master Jamyang Khyentse, you see very clearly what years of the deepest devotion and practice can create out of the human spirit. Her humility and beauty of heart, and the shining simplicity, modesty, and lucid, tender wisdom of her presence are honored by all Tibetans, even though she herself has tried as far as possible to remain in the background, never to push herself forward, and to live the hidden and austere life of an ancient contemplative.”
Sogyal Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche were both present at the moment of her passing where she showed all the signs of attaining the final accomplishment of a great Dzogchen practitioner.
For Buddhist practitioners, Sogyal Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche have suggested that we accumulate 100,000 recitations of Narak Kong Shak, along with 100 million recitations of the 100-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva. This is not for Khandro’s sake, as she was such a great practitioner, but to purify the connection with all the sentient beings that came into contact with her. It would be wonderful if other sanghas would like to join the Rigpa sangha in this and for us to be able to offer and dedicate our practice together. (Accumulations from other sanghas could be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rigpa students should still go through their national & local accumulation coordinators.)
Sogyal Rinpoche also said that this is a very powerful time to do Guru Yoga practice. He said for us to consider Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lödro, Khandro Tsering Chödrön, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s wisdom minds are one and to make strong aspiration prayers for our own accomplishment of Dzogchen practice and the spiritual path.