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Achi Chkyi Drolma

Dharma protector of the Drikung Kagyu tradition

Achi Chkyi Drolma (Tib. A-chi Chos-kyi sGrol-ma) is a female Dharma protector whose practice was introduced by Drikung ('Bri-gung) Achi, the matriarch of the Drikung hereditary lineage. She is white-coloured and is portrayed riding a Blue Celestial Horse.

Achi Chokyi Drolma is a great dharma protector of the Buddha's teachings. She is the emanation of Vajra Yogini who is the embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of all the Buddhas. She is the divine mother of the Buddhas and manifested out of compassion in the form of the Dakinis of the Five Buddha families. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions.

NO. ACHI002 Achi Chkyi Drolma


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The Five Long-life Sisters(Auspicious Mistress of Long-life-Five Sisters)

Tibetan: ta shi tse ring ma che nga. English: Auspicious Mistress of Long-life - Five Sisters.

The central figure, Tseringma, is white in colour with one face and two hands. The right holds upraised a gold vajra and the left placed at the heart cradles a gold long-life vase. Youthful in appearance, adorned with gold ornaments and various coloured garments, she rides the mythical white snow lion of Tibet; white with a green mane and fringe.

In the upper left corner is 'Miyo Lozangma' (Immovable Noble Mind), yellow in colour, offering savory foods with the right hand and holding a gold bowl filled with foodstuffs in the left - riding on a large young tiger. At the right is 'Chopen Drinzangma' red in colour holding a treasure chest in the right hand and a wish-fulfilling jewel in the left - riding on a hornless stag.

At the bottom left is 'Ting gyi Shal Zangma' (Fair Blue-faced One), blue in colour, holding a mirror in the right hand and a stick with fluttering silk streamers in the left - riding on a wild ass. At the right is 'Tekar Drozangma' green in colour clutching a bunch of 'durva' grass in the right hand and a snake lasso in the left - riding on a blue dragon which grasps wish-fulfilling jewels in the claws.

These five together are known as the Five Long-life Sisters; all attired in variously coloured silk garments and gold jewelry.

As Tibetan mountain spirits living on the Tibet-Nepal border the Five Long-life Sisters belong to the 'sman' class of worldly deities. Subjugated by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century they became avowed protectors for Buddhism. They traveled to India and received further Buddhist instruction in the 'Dark Noisy' charnel ground from the teacher 'Lobpon Chog gyi Gocha' and mahasiddha Kanha. In the 11th century, wishing to test the resolve of the great yogi Milarepa they created apparitions for the purpose of distracting him from meditation. Unable to cause any real harm due to the vows made to Guru Rinpoche they failed and three days later returned and humbled themselves before the yogi Milarepa. Again vowing to protect the Buddhist Dharma they offered up their life-essence in the form of mantras. Requesting teachings, he bestowed the 'Enlightenment Thought,' and various Vajrayana practices along with candali and mudra yoga; the two special practices of the Hevajra Tantra. Some months later, at the same location, the Tseringma sisters returned and requested detailed instructions on the practice of 'Karma mudra' which Milarepa consented to give. These are the three encounters between Milarepa and Tseringma. From the students of Milarepa arose many diverse lineages of practice which have permeated through all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism down to the present day.

 


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Twelve Tanma Guardian Goddesses

In the middle of the thangka depicted is Dorje Tshajema. She is said to be one of Tibet's chief protectors. She holds a vajra axe in her left hand and a mirror in her right, ride on a deer.

Twelve Tanma Guardian Goddesses live on the earth. Either in famous mountains or in great valleys.There are twelves pictures depicting their quietness and wrath. Above the Thangka.in the middle of Padmasambhava.On the left is the Seventh Dalai Lama.On the right is the Fifth Dalai Lama.



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Machig Lapdron

Machig Labdron (1055-1153), 'the One Mother:' founder of the Cho Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Machig Lapdron the Tibetan famous female saint in the eleventh century.

Machig Lapdron is considered to be an incarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal, the Wisdom Consort and primary disciple of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambava).

She was a learned Tibetan who was known for the clarity and beauty by which she read scriptures aloud to patrons. Through her experience she gained merit and insight into the Prajnaparamita, the teachings upon the Perfection of Wisdom, Shunyata.

White in colour, with one face and two hands, she appears as a wisdom dakini.

eaceful with three eyes, a tiara of gold and jewels, gold earrings, bone ornaments, red hair ribbons and a green silk scarf, she holds upraised in the right hand a damaru (drum) resounding with the activities of Dharma. In the left hand upturned at the hip is a vajra-handled bell ringing with the silence of emptiness. Supported by the left leg with the right raised up she stands in a dancing posture above a moon disc and multi-coloured lotus blossom surrounded by a nimbus and areola of green light.

NO. MAC002 Machig Lapdron


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Mandarava

Yidam and historical figure - long-life deity

An Indian-born princess who became the spiritual consort of Padmasambhava, founder of Buddhism in Tibet (his second consort was the Tibetan-born Yeshe Tsogyel - see below). She appears in deified form as a yidam of long life.

The right hand holds a arrows adornment contain brocade and mirror, the left placed at the heart cradles a gold long-life vase.

NO. MADV002 Mandarava


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Yeshe Tsogyal

Yidam, guru and historical figure - mother of Tibetan Buddhism

This remarkable hermit-saint, the Tibetan consort of Padmasambhava, The right hand holds upraised a vajra curved knife and the left placed at the haunch cradles a gskullcup.

NO. YESH002 Yeshe Tsogyal


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Vasudhara

Vasudhara, goddess of abundance is the consort of Kubera, the god of wealth.

Peaceful in appearance, yellow in colour. Represented with six arms she holds in the lower left hand her characteristic symbol, the treasure vase. The hand above holds another distinguishing attribute, the ears of corn (Tib. 'bru¡' sne ma). The third left hand holds a book, the Prajnaparamita sutra.The lower right hand is in the varada mudra of charity; the one above holds three precious wish-fulfilling jewels, while the upper hand makes a mudra of salutation. The right leg is pendent, and the foot is unsupported resting upon a vase.

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