The “Sole Mother” or Troma Nagmo, the Black Wrathful Dakini, is one of the most profound termas (treasures) revealed by Trakthung Dudjom Lingpa. This cycle represents the union of method and incisive knowledge as it combines the heart of sutra practice, the Prajnaparamita and the essence of tantra, the mahamudra chod, as the quintessential method of the Secret Heart Essence cycle of the Great Perfection. Chod, or Severance, is the practice that directly severs the root of suffering, self-fixation, with exceptionally expedient wisdom methods. It is well known that through the Troma Nagmo cycle of practice thirteen of Dudjom Lingpa’s disciples attained the rainbow body and it is predicted that many more will continue to do so for three generations to come.
At the request of Lama Sonam Rinpoche, Sangye Khandro will return this year to lead the Troma retreat. Sangye will teach from Master Pedma Lungtog Gyatso's extensive commentary to Terton Dudjom Lingpa's terma revelation, Heart Essence of Saraha. This commentary was composed at the request of the Terton himself and is a comprehensive treatise that underscores the preliminary instructions in detail that surpasses Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher. Each word of the terma is embedded in the commentary entitled An Ambrosia Ocean of Sublime Explanations [Dudjom Lingpa’s Chod].
During this practice oriented retreat we will practice the four feasts each day and the intermediate ngondro will be accumulated along with instructions that will be given during the mid morning and afternoon sessions. Each evening the concise sadhana and tsok will be offered. The intermediate sadhana will launch the retreat and conclude it on the final day. It is advised to attend every session to derive maximum benefit and keep continuity with the instructions.
New students who have an interest in the Troma Cycle are welcome and encouraged to attend the retreat.
Sangye Khandro, a disciple of both Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, studied Troma under the guidance of Kyabje Rinpoche who oversaw her progress as she underwent a series of retreats to accomplish the prerequisites of the practice. Hence Troma has become her principle practice and she has translated several of the important termas that illuminate this path, including the text we will study this retreat.
Sangye has been a student of Buddhism since 1971 and a translator of the Dharma since 1976. She has helped to establish numerous centers in the USA and has served as translator for many prominent masters in all four lineages. Sangye has been the spiritual companion of the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche for nearly forty years and has continued to help serve the centers established by her root teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, with whom she studied and practiced for many years. In 1999, Sangye founded the Light of Berotsana Translation Group and continues within that context to translate classical texts of the Tibetan Buddhist literary tradition. Sangye’s main practice is Chöd and she has been leading the Tröma Nagmo Chöd retreats at Tashi Choling and Orgyen Dorje Den over the past several years. For a more extensive bio, please click here