Ayu Khandro
Tibetan: ཨ་ཡུ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་
Wylie: A-yu Mkha'-'gro

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 held to be an incarnation of Vajrayogini. She has spent many dozen years in dark retreat and also practiced and taught a tantric long-life practice and was an adept chödpa.

She is said to have transmitted her knowledge and gave empowerments to Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.[1]


In 2004 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.


  1. Allione, Tsultrim (2000). Women of Wisdom. (Includes transcribed interview with Namkhai Norbu) Source: [1] (accessed: November 15, 2007)


  • 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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