The lineage came down to us through the direct transmission from the late Ninth Khalkha Jetsün Dampa, Jampel Namdröl Chökyi Gyeltsen, (Khal kha rJe tsun Dam pa 'Jam dpal rnam grol chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1933- 2012).
The Ninth Jetsün Dampa Khalkha Rinpoche was a Buddhist spiritual leader in Outer Mongolia, who was conferred the title of "The Protector of Beings of the North and Leader of all the Buddhist Schools" and the ninth incarnation of Taranatha, the Dharma king of Jonang sect. When the 8th Khalkha Jetsün Dhampa Khutukhtu passed away in Mongolia in 1924, the People's Revolution Government of Mongolia declared that they were not going to find his incarnation. This diplomatically terminated the incarnation of Khalkha Jetsün Dhampa in Mongolia at that time. The identification of incarnations had been in fact conducted confidentially by the 13th Dalai Lama in Tibet. Eventually, the 9th Khalkha Jetsün Dhampa was identified in 1936. His existence was kept secret the whole time for safety reasons. He left Tibet with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama in 1959.
H.H. Dalai Lama declared the existence of the 9th Khalkha Jetsün Dhampa in 1991. H.H. Dalai Lama invited Khalkha Rinpoche to build his temple Takten House in Dharamsala. In 2011 Khalkha Rinpoche was officially enthroned as a spiritual leader of Mongolians by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama in Mongolia.
For more information about the 9th Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche -
H.H.Dalai Lama talks about Khalkha Jetsun Dampa. His account starts at 2:44:50.
Khandro-la with Dagyab Rinpoche
Khandro-la with Khalkha Rinpoche
Chöying Khandro is the founder and spiritual director of Dakini's Whisper, a primarily online Buddhist community devoted to the Tantric practice of Chö (Chod) according to the Ear Whispered oral lineages as well as subtle body training, advanced body-oriented practice. As authentic teaching of the Buddha, Chö practice was revealed by Tibetan yogini, Machik Labdron (11-12th cent) and has been continually transmitted without interruption up to the present time. Chö is a radical Vajrayana method for cutting through the confusion of ego-fixation, root of suffering, and cultivating compassion and fearlessness.
Chöying Khandro was drawn to the Buddhist path from a young age. In her home country, Japan, she studied Buddhism at Waseda University under the well-known scholar Professor Akira Hirakawa. Her deep yearning to embody Dharma led her to India, where she immersed herself in traditional Buddhist study and practice under some of the great masters who had fled Tibet in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. While studying at Sarnath and other Himalayan places in India, she also received many teachings and transmissions from teachers from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
After many years of study, practice, and retreat, in 1993 Chöying Khandro finally met her root teacher, the Late Ninth Jetsun Dhampa Khalkha Rinpoche (1933- 2012), spiritual head of Mongolia. Through Rinpoche, Khandro-la was introduced to the authentic practice of Chö and received the complete transmission of Chö according to the two rare ear-whispered lineages - the Mount of Bliss and secret Dakini. Khandro-la has embraced Chö ever since. This practice takes us to the core of the meaning of Buddhist practice through a radical exploration and confrontation with the psyche and beyond. "When I connected with the Chö, my spiritual life radically transformed".
Khandro-la translated all the primary lineage texts, engaged in retreats, and became proficient in the techniques associated with this tradition. Khandro-la completed all the protocols required of the Dakini Lineage, including the Seven Night Wilderness retreat and the One-Hundred Spring Wandering Retreat which culminated in the traditional and demanding four-month wandering retreat in Mongolia in 2011. Khalkha Rinpoche authorized Khandro-la to carry this rare Dakini Lineage in the West. Khandro-la has also completed the traditional three and a half year tantric retreat in Oregon. Having completed these milestones on the Buddhist path, Khandro-la has now founded Dakini’s Whisper in 2018 to actualize a vision of bringing ancient wisdom to our modern-day lives as well as holding the uninterrupted current of lineage blessings.
While strongly grounded in the Dharma teachings as a holder of two master degrees - Oriental Philosophy from Waseda University and Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan, Khandro-la is also well versed in traditional disciplines and has been teaching since the early ’90s. Khandro-la has a unique style that is both courageous and gentle, traditional and contemporary, and experiential and inquisitive, strongly emphasizing authenticity and integrity. As a female practitioner and teacher, Khandro-la fearlessly holds a traditional style of Chö practice as received from her teacher. In the spirit of Chö, Dakini’s Whisper exists without the backing of big and powerful institutions. By discarding some of the more conventional discourse-centered approaches to Buddhism, Khandro-la delves into the experience of self-inquiry, encouraging her students and friends to "explore their deepest longings and their deepest fears."
Dakini’s Whisper holds an inclusive and accessible approach that is expressed in weekly online series, events, weekend intensives as well as annual residential retreats. Master Courses in an eLearning platform have just launched to further make ancient teachings available to a wider audience. Khandro-la leads the Five-Year Program called the “Cho Mastery Training” which is a comprehensive program of the entire path of Chö and Buddhist teachings. Khandro-la’s new book series on Chö is also coming out this year.
Chöying Khandro holds the complete transmissions of both Ear-Whispered Lineages of the Mount of Bliss and the Machik Dakini from her teacher, the Late His Holiness Ninth Khalkha Jetsün Dampa. Khandro-la is among the few original students who were with Khalkha Jetsün Dampa since the early 1990s. Khandro-la received permission to start Dakini’s Whisper from the Late Jetsun Dhampa and was presented with teaching robes, by him in 2011, which is not a common thing to be given to a laywoman in the Geluk tradition. For the last twenty-five years, Chöying Khandro has devoted her life to transmitting this rare lineage to the West.
She brings decades of intensive study and practice to her teachings, leading retreats, and translating Tibetan texts. She has completed a number of personal retreats, including the traditional 108 Spring Wandering Retreat in the Mongolian wilderness. Khandro-la has also completed a three and half year solitary retreat - “Great Retreat (nyen chen)”- in the forests of Oregon. She has an M.A. in Oriental Philosophy from Waseda University in Japan and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan. She has also been intensively trained in body-oriented disciplines as a registered Yoga Therapist and certified Wisdom Body Trainer. Her body-mind integrative approach to the spiritual path helps bring the efficacy and profundity of the ancient tradition to our modern-day lives.
With the blessings and vision of the late Khalkha Jetsün Dampa Rinpoche, Chöying Khandro is the founder and spiritual director of Dakini's Whisper: a community for the Ear-Whispered Lineage. As a female practitioner and teacher without the backing of a big and powerful monastic system - there are challenges that Khandro-la courageously faces but the unique quality of her teachings underpins them.
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