Depicting the Painting of Machik Labdron and Chod Refuge

Machik Labdron and Chod Refuge

Depicting the Painting of Machik Labdron and Chod Refuge

This is mid-20th-century of Machik Labdron and the Chod refuge field displaying teachers and deities.

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Depicting the Painting of Machik Labdron and Chod Refuge

Depicting the Painting of Machik Labdron and Chod Refuge


Asaṅga was “one of the most important spiritual figures” of and the “founder of the Yogacara school”.

Traditionally, he and his half-brother are regarded as the major classical Indian exponents of Mahayana , Vijñanavada (awareness only) thought and Mahayana on path.


The lineage of empowerments begins with Machik Labdron and passes on via Khugom Chökyi Senge, Dölpa Zangtal, Gyanak Cherbu, Sangye Raptön, Zalmo Depa Sherap, Sumpa Gomchen, Dringom Tokme, and the 3rd Gyalwang . From there on onwards there is a continuous transmission lineage within the Kamtshang tradition to the present day.

N°3 Gyalwa Dondrub

Gyalwa Dondrub is the first son of Machik Labdrön, together with his younger brother Tonyon Samdru. He became a lineage holder of his mother’s teaching of Chod.


One of ’s teachers, Sönam , gave her the name of Dorje Wangchuma which means “Diamond Independent Goddess.”

Kyoton Sonam Lama is the disciple of Machik Labdron, gives her the pith instruction on using the nature of demons to free herself not only from petty dualism but also from even the slightest whisper of self-cherishing.

As a sign of her subsequent form , she gives up her orderly life as a nun and becomes a , roaming the land, visiting the charnel , and showing no concern for appearance, society, or property.

N°5 Machig Labdrön

Machig Labdrön (: མ་གཅིག་ལབ་སྒྲོན), or Singular Mother Torch from Lab, was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric practitioner, teacher, and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the practice of Chod.

Machig Labdron may have come from a family and, according to , developed Chod by combining native with the teachings.

Other Buddhist teachers and scholars offer differing interpretations of the origins of Chod, and not all of them agree that Chod has Bon or shamanistic roots.


Naropa or Abhayakirti was an Indian Buddhist . He was the disciple of and brother, or some sources say, partner and pupil, of .

As an Indian Mahasiddha, Naropa’s instructions inform Vajrayana, particularly his six of Naropa relevant to the completion stage of anuttarayogatantra.

Although some accounts relate that Naropa was the personal teacher of , other accounts suggest that held Naropa’s lineage through intermediary disciples only.


Dampa Sangye or Padampa Sangye was an eleventh-century Indian and spiritual who traveled widely throughout his life and brought Indian to and . Best known as Machig Labdrön’s teacher, he is counted as a lineage by all schools of .


Padmasambhava, also known as , was an 8th-century Buddhist master from the .

Although there was a historical Padmasambhava, little is known of him apart from helping the of the first in Tibet at , at the behest of , and shortly thereafter leaving Tibet due to court intrigues.

A number of legends have grown around Padmasambhava’s life and deeds, and he is widely venerated as a “” by adherents of Tibetan in Tibet, , , the states of , and elsewhere.

In Tibetan Buddhism, he is a character of a genre of literature called terma, an emanation of that is said to appear to tertons in visionary encounters and a focus of guru yoga practice, particularly in the Rime schools. The school considers Padmasambhava to be a founder of their tradition.

N°9 Sakyamuni

Siddhārtha Gautama or Siddhattha Gotama in Pali, also called the , the , or simply the , after the title of Buddha, was a mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher and on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the northeastern part of India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.


Saraha, Indian Mahasiddha and lineage master in the transmission. Also known as “The Great Brahmin”.

Historically he is certainly one of the most elusive figures in the transmission of the Mahamudra lineage. No definite dates are known for him.

Saraha is counted among the Eighty-four of India and a brief biography of him can be found in the of Abhayadatta.


was the 2nd Gyalwa Karmapa. He was a child prodigy who had already acquired a broad understanding of and by the age of ten.

His teacher, Pomdrakpa, had received the full transmission from Drogon Rechen, the first Karmapa’s spiritual heir.


Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339) was the third Karmapa (head of the , the largest sub-school of the Kagyu) and an important figure in the , who helped to spread teachings in Tibetan Buddhism.

N°13 Tilopa

Tilopa (988–1069) was born in either Chativavo (Chittagong), Bengal or Jagora, Bengal in India. He was a tantric practitioner and mahasiddha.

He practiced , a set of intended to accelerate the process of attaining .

Naropa is considered his main student.

At premise, greatest shrine of Nepal, there are two caves where Tilopa attained and initiated his disciple Naropa.


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