Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bestowed by Ven. Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members
Please also bring bell, damaru (Chöd damaru if you have one), kangdhung (traditional bone or copper horn), and Tsok offering such as meat, fruits, wine, flowers, vegetables, or baked goods.
Troma Nagmo (Sanskrit: Krishna Krodhini) is a wrathful form of Vajravarahi and is the deity associated with Chöd Practice. She represents the wisdom of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in a wrathful female form. Chöd was founded by Machik Labdrön (1050-1149), the Tibetan female saint who is considered the emanation of Troma Nagmo and received Chöd teachings from the Indian Mahamudra master and Chöd lineage master Padampa Sangye.
Benefits from receiving and practicing Chöd include, but is not limited to, the cutting of attachments and ego which holds us in samara and helps in healing oneself and others. It is an extremely helpful practice for sick people, both mentally and physically. Chöd practice is said to be like a precious jewel which is able to realize all the aspirations of all beings.
This Chöd lineage originates from Machik Labdrön of the Shije School. Ven. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche received this Troma Nagmo Empowerment and Chöd Practice from H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche and Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche. He practiced Chöd for many years.
Ven Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama’s Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.