Chandler is from the San Francisco Bay Area and met Sogyal Rinpoche in New York City in 1999. At the time she was working as an assistant at Goldman Sachs, but quickly found that volunteering for Rigpa New York – as well as attending meditation classes and retreats – was far more satisfying than her day job.
In 2003 she married and moved to London where she was able to spend even more time volunteering for Rigpa, whilst working as an assistant at The Guardian newspaper. In 2007 she moved to Lerab Ling and became Sogyal Rinpoche’s full time personal secretary. In addition to majoring in Japanese at Barnard College and living in Japan for a year, Chandler is an accomplished singer, composer, pianist, and ballet dancer.