Sunday, 17 October 2010

Dakinis of today


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the present incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, and Khandro Tsering Chodron

In following up my interest in the works of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö I came across a couple of interesting things. There’s a prayer to Gyarong Khandro that Khandro Tsering Chödrön requested him to write, and immediately following that prayer - which is in the second volume of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö’s works - is a short prayer to Khandro Tsering Chödrön by the master himself:

yeshe daki dechen tsogyal gyi

With the blessings of Tsogyal, wisdom dakini of great bliss,

chin lap shelkar za yi nampar trul

Emanation of the lady of Shelkar,

ayu dharma dipham la solwa dep

Ayu Dharma Dipham (Long Life, Lamp of the Dharma), to you I pray.

samdön chö shyin druppar chin gyi lop

Grant your blessing so that all our wishes in accordance with the dharma be fulfilled.

By Chökyi Lodro

The ‘lady of Shelkar’ mentioned in the prayer is one of Guru Rinpoche’s consorts, Shelkar Dorje Tso, of whom Khandro Tsering Chödrön is considered to be an emanation. Also, Khandro’s name, Ayu Dharma Dipham (Long Life, Lamp of the Dharma), is mentioned in her long life prayer and also in the guruyoga of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö composed by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, where she is said to be emanation of Sarasvati. This guruyoga was requested by ‘Tulku Sönam Gyaltsen, the incarnation of the great Tertön Sogyal and one who is the source of all knowledge, love, compassion and noble qualities’ - in other words Sogyal Rinpoche.

There’s lots of wonderful information about all these masters and dakinis on the Rigpa Wiki website - a true treasure trove of dharma. When giving information about Shelkar Dorje Tso it mentions that, according to Tulku Thondup, she crossed the Tsangpo river standing on a bamboo walking stick!

And in the entry about Khandro Tsering Chödrön it mentions that, according to Dzongsar Ngari Tulku (Tenzin Khedrup Gyatso), on one occasion [ c.1952], when Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö was opening the sacred place of Khyungchen Paldzong (khyung chen dpal rdzong), known locally as Gyalgen Khyungtak (rgya rgan khyung ltag), above Dzongsar Monastery, Jamyang Khyentse, Gyarong Khandro, Khandro Tsering Chödrön and Sogyal Rinpoche all left their handprints in the solid rock.

Oh, to have been there.....

By the way, I don’t know who took the above picture of Khandro with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the present incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö – if whoever it is comes forward I will gladly credit them...

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