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Kharchen Za

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Kharchen Za;, which means ‘the lady from the Kharchen clan, is another name for Yeshe Tsogyal. Kharchen Pelgyi Wangchuk (mkhar chen dpal gyi dbang phyug) was born into the Kharchen clan, and was, according to some traditions, the brother of Padmasambhava’s consort, Yeshe Tsogyel (ye shes mtsho rgyal). He mastered the Vajrakīla practices and could vanquish enemies simply by holding his kīla dagger high. A layman, Pelgyi Wangchuk is said to have accompanied Padmasambava and Yeshe Tsogyel throughout Tibet teaching;