Women and Practice


14 Root Vows


Removing the Darkness of Doubt


HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

HH Dudjom Rinpoche

Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Karma Rejung Lama

Khamtrül Ngak'chang Yeshé Dorje Rinpoche

Jétsunma Khandro Teb'dzin Drölkar

Ven. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche



Lama Yeshe Dorje

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Jétsunma Khandro Ten'dzin Drölkar

A brief biography as related to Ngakma Shardröl Wangmo in Yang-lé-shöd in 1995

Jétsunma Khandro Ten'dzin Drölkar is a Dzogchen Naljorma - a Tibetan ngakmo who holds the gö-kar-chang-lo. She is not well known because she lives as a secret yogini, and has only a few close disciples. She was born into the world with many special signs of wisdom, and many Lamas considered her to be a dakini. She grew up in the Rong-shal area, close to the Nepalese border. Rong-shal is near Lip-shi the area where Milarépa practised for a long time. She grew up in Long-shal, a village strongly associated with Milarépa, and lived there until she was sixteen years old. She clearly remembered previous lives as child, and was always interested in Dharma. Her father died and she lived with her Mother who was a ngakmo. She had three younger sisters. The youngest died, and the two remaining sisters now live in Nepal.

When her mother died, she went to Trülshig Rinpoche's gompa. At that time Trülshig Rinpoche was her root teacher. She received many teachings from Trülshig Rinpoche and practised them intensely until she was twenty four years old. In that time she received the entire cycle of the Mindroling Lo gTérma (Southern revelation Teachings). Shortly after the age of twenty-four she met and married Ngakpa Tséring Thöndrüp, the eldest son of Lama Pasang Rinpoche. They were separated by the Chinese invasion, when she fled to Nepal, and he died in his attempt to leave Tibet. After that her life became very difficult. She went to a refugee camp and worked in a carpet factory. She didn't know she was pregnant when she escaped from Tibet and ended up alone with her child, but continued her practices in the mornings and evenings. In 1971 she left Nepal and went to McLeod Ganj in India, where she met Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche, had 3 children with him (oldest child: Tséring Thöndrüp; then Tséring Lhamo, Min’gyür Chödrön, and Tulku Ten'dzin). Tulku Ten’dzin was recognised by HH Dudjom Rinpoche as the incarnation of a disciple of Shakya Shri, a gTértön and Ngakpa Lama of the Drukpa Kagyüd School (who received pure vision teachings and practises from Milarépa). Her younger son and daughter are in school, and an elder son works for Tibetan exile government.

In 1975 HH Dudjom Rinpoche gave his cycle of gTérma teaching in Kathmandu. Khandro Ten'dzin Drölkar received those teachings, and has been devoted to them ever since. She has had many teachers including, HH Dungsé Thrin-lé Norbu Rinpoche, Kyabjé Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, and is now engaged in practising the full cycle of Dzogchen teachings she has received. In her youth she practised many yidams from the Könchog Shindu gTerma cycle, and is a Dorje Phurba and Hayagriva master. But now she devotes herself to Dzogchen men-ngak-dé and togal practice and engages in a 3-4 month retreat every year. She now lives at the Yeshé Tsogyel Retreat Place established by Lama Gyaltsen Rinpoche, and presided over by Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche.