Our Lineage Master and Our Spiritual Director
Our Spiritual Master
H.H. the 9th Jetsün Dampa
The lineage came down to Dakini’s Whisper Founder and Spiritual Director, Chöying Khandro 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 the 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 Khalkha Rinpoche
Khandro-la with Dagyab Rinpoche
Founder and Spiritual Director
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 Dampa 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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