Ayu Khandro

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Ayu Khandro, formally Ayu Khandro Dorje Paldrön (1838-1953) was a teacher of Dzogchen and Tantric Buddhism in East Tibet. She was a student of both Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Nyala Pema Dündul.

By many Ayu Khandro was thought to be incarnation of Vajrayogini. She spent many dozen years in dark retreat and also practiced and taught a tantric long-life practice.

It is said that at least once Ayu Khandro had a spontaneous involuntary experience of long-distance teleportation. After the event she could not replicate the achievement at will and was forced to travel home for many days.

In 1953 Ayu Khandro attained rainbow body.

One of her students is Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.


In 2004 His Eminence Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche (Abbot of both Gantay Monastery and Zilnon Kagyeling Monastery-- as well as the Dalai Lama's choice to represent the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism at the United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit) recognized one of his students as the reincarnation of Ayu Khandro. She was born in 1963, and lives in the United States.


  • various authors, www.wikipedia.com entry for Ayu Khandro
  • Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Dream Yoga And The Practice Of Natural Light. Edited and introduced by Michael Katz, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY, ISBN 1−55939−007−7, p. 67.
  • Don Farber Portraits of Tibetan Buddhist Masters. Foreword by Sogyal Rinpoche and text by Rebecca McClen Novick, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA, ISBN 0-520-23973-3, p. 66.

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[1] Osel Dorje Nyingpo