Achi Chokyi Drolma (Art Print) – Flera Birmane
Lady of Nanam, Achi Chokyi Drolma venerated as both an emanation of the female Buddha Vajrayogini and as the great- grandmother of the founder of the Drigung Kagyu sect, Ratnashri Jigten Sumgon, Achi takes on a variety of significant roles for those who worshipe her. From a ritual standpoint, she functions not only as a semiwrathful Dharma protectress but in meditation practices as a guru, a potential consort, and even a tutelary deity, or yidam.
Chokyi Drolma, literally means “Savioress of the Dharma,” and the familiar title Achi, which simply translates as “grandmother”. In this thangka we can see Achi as the central figure alongside Tashi Tseringma and the Long- Life sisters. On a top there is a line of eight appropriate linage holders. From left to right, Vajradhara, the Indian Mahasiddha Tilopa, his direct disciple Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Pakmodrupa and Jigten Sumgon. Below this line on the right is an image of Cakrasamvara with his consort Vajravarahi, and on the left is a four-armed form of the deity Mahakala. There appears to also be a second, smaller image of Achi on the left side. Unlike the central figure, this one is standing. The lowest line of figures has animals given to Achi and her retinue as offerings.
ORIGINAL MEDIUM: stone pigments, on cotton real gold is used as a paint
ORIGINAL SIZE: 52.5x43cm