August 19, 1967
|Title||Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche|
|Reincarnation||Khandro Urgyen Tsomo|
Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche (birth name Tsering Paldrön, born August 19, 1967) is a rare example of a female lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Kalimpong, India and the daughter of the late Mindrolling Trichen, Khandro Rinpoche was recognized by Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa at the age of two as the reincarnation of the Great Dakini of Tsurphu Monastery, Khandro Urgyen Tsomo, who was one of the most well-known female masters of her time. Khandro Urgyen Tsomo was the consort to Khakyab Dorje, 15th Karmapa Lama (1871–1922) and recognised in this Buddhist tradition as an incarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal. Her name is in fact her title, Khandro being Tibetan for dakini and rinpoche an honorific usually reserved for tulkus that means "precious one."
Upbringing, training and role
Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is a teacher in both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools. She speaks fluent English, Standard Tibetan, and Hindi and has completed a Western education at St. Joseph's Convent, Wynberg Allen, and St. Mary's Convent, both in India. She has taught in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia since 1987. She has established and heads the Samten Tse Retreat Center  in Mussoorie, India, and she is also resident teacher at Lotus Garden Retreat Center in Virginia, USA. She is also actively involved with the administration of the Mindrolling Monastery in Dehradun, India. Additionally, she is interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.
According to Judith Simmer-Brown:
Rinpoche has always been careful not to cast herself as a feminist in the Western sense. One could think that she has been careful in this way for political reasons, but I think it’s more than that. I think she understands something very deep about her Western students: we need to go more deeply, egolessly, into our own gender issues so as not to be ensnared by gender. Then we could embrace our gender and act without the kind of confusion and resentment that usually haunts us. I really learned that from her.
- This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment, Shambhala Publications (2003), ISBN 1-59030-174-9
Other Texts online
- Khandro Rinpoche's biography at her own web site
- Khandro Urgyen Tsomo
- Khandro Rinpoche's Spiritual Lineage at her own website
- Short information on Samten Tse
- Homepage of Lotus Garden
- The Elijah Interfaith Institute - Buddhist Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders
- Deitch Rohrer, Trish (July 2004). "Khandro Rinpoche's Tough Love". Shambhala Sun (Shambhala Publications). Retrieved 2008-11-27.
- Official site for Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
- History Female Masters Within the Mindrolling Tradition
- The History of Mindrolling
- BBC interview
- YouTube interview with Khandro Rinpoche (Flash video)
- Official site for Study Groups in Spain