Achi Chokyi Drolma at the Drikung Kagyu center in Moscow, Rusia
Achi Chokyi Drolma
Dharma protector of the Drikung Kagyu tradition
Achi Chokyi Drolma (Tib. A-chi Chos-kyi sGrol-ma) is a female Dharma protector (Tib. Dharmapala) 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 horse, she holds a double-sided drum in the upraised right hand and a skullcup in the left held to the heart.
Achi Chokyi Drolma's aspect is peaceful, not wrathful, as with many Dharma protectors. A great Tantric practitioner and a great teacher she taught many students. She once conducted a sacramental feast (Tib. Chöd) transforming a human corpse into a sacred offering. At that time she vowed to be a protector of Buddhism, composing a liturgy for invoking herself as a protector deity. Upon completion of the verses, she flew into the air on the back of a blue horse and departed for a Buddhist heaven, or Pure Land.