Kunzang Dekyong Wangmo

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Sera Khandro

Kunzang Dekyong Wangmo
A statue of Sera Khandro
A statue of Sera Khandro
Other namesBde-baʼi-rdo-rje, mDo-med mkhaʼ-spyod, dBus-bzaʼ mkhaʼ-ʼgro kun- bzang bde-skyong dbang-mo
dbyi shod dpal gyi ri bo che
Other namesBde-baʼi-rdo-rje, mDo-med mkhaʼ-spyod, dBus-bzaʼ mkhaʼ-ʼgro kun- bzang bde-skyong dbang-mo
TempleSera Tekchen Chokhorling[1]
Senior posting
ReincarnationYeshe Tsogyal

Sera Khandro Kunzang Dekyong Wangmo (1892–1940) was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher.[2] She taught, among others, the First Adzom Drukpa, Drodul Pawo Dorje.[2]

Sera Khandro was born into a rich family, but ran away at the age of 14 to escape an unwanted engagement and to follow the Vajrayana teacher Drime Ozer, who was then in Lhasa on pilgrimage from Golok in Eastern TIbet.[3] She returned with him and his followers to Golok, where she lived in poverty; there she became life partners with Garra Gyelse.[2] [3]

Garra Gyelsel disliked her terma revelations, and this caused Sera Khandro to become sick.[3] Her health returned when she went back to Drime Ozer with whom she subsequently revealed the treasure scriptures, or terma, for which she is known.[3] From when she was young she had experienced visions of Vajravarahi and exhibited many confirming indications of being a treasure revealer, a terton. This meant that she was destined to reveal treasure scriptures, or terma, said to have been concealed by the eighth-century Indian mystic Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal.[3]

She was a teacher to many leading Nyingma lamas, including Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje and Chatral Sangye Dorje.[3]

She is considered an emanation of Yeshe Tsogyal.[4]

In Sarah H. Jacoby's Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), the author wrote Khandro was "one of the few Tibetan women to record the story of her life." Khandro also wrote the biography of her guru, Drimé Özer,[5] son of the terton Dudjom Lingpa.

Books and academic articles[edit]

  • (in English) Zangpo, Ngawang (2002). The Immaculate White Lotus in Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times. Boulder: Shambhala Publications. p. 360. ISBN 978- 1559391740.


  1. ^ "Sera Tekchen Chokhorling". Treasury of Lives. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography: Sera Khandro Kunzang Dekyong Wangmo". [Treasury of Lives]. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Alexander Gardner. "Treasury of Lives: Female Buddhist Masters". tricycle. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ Kurtis R. Schaeffer. "Sources of Tibetan Tradition". google.com.au (Google books). Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  5. ^ Jacoby, Sarah Hieatt (2007). "Consorts and Revelations in Eastern Tibet : The Auto/Biographical Writings of the Treasure Revealer Sera Khandro (1892-1940)". UVA Library | Virgo. Retrieved 2017-08-06.

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