GELONGMA MIGME CHÖDRÖN was a student of the late Ven. Trungpa Rinpoche and of the V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. She was born in 1924 in Ottawa, Canada. After receiving her Ph.D., she spent many years in chemistry research and in palynology.
Migme loved to play the piano and harpsichord, and was a great lover of Bach, Mahler and Sibelius.
In 1973, she became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche and founded/established the Edmonton Dharma Study Group in 1974 which, in 1981, under her leadership, was given the full status of Dharmadhatu by the Vidyadhara, Trungpa Rinpoche.
She received bhikṣuṇi ordination in 1994 and was part of the first group of three year retreatants at Söpa Chöling which she completed in 1996.
She was a founding member of the Chökyi Gyatso Translation Committee. As a translator from French, she translated Étienne Lamotte’s translation from the Chinese of the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra and his translation of the Mahāyānasaṃgraha, as well as Walpola Rahula’s translation of the Abhidharmasamuccaya, André Bareau’s Les Sectes Bouddhiques du Petit Véhicule, José van den Broeck’s translation of Ghoṣaka’s Amṛtarasa. Before her passing away, she finished the draft translations of all the works of La Vallée Poussin to be published in the future volumes of The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin.
She was the Vice-President of Karma Changchub Ling.