Machig Labdron from the Treasury of Lives.
Yidam and historical figure - the founder of Chöd
The eleventh-century Tibetan founder of the Chöd (cutting) practice, Machig Labdron is usually depicted in deified form as a peaceful white dancing figure with three eyes, playing a damaru (two-sided drum) with her right hand and holding a bell with her left. (She is also depicted in seated)
She also appears in wrathful form as the dark-blue yidam Troma Nagmo.
Machig's name is variously translated as One-Mother, Torch of Lab—Lab being the name of her home district—or One-Mother, Liberator of Lab.
- Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict by Tsultrim Allione (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008)
- Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chöd by Jerome Edou (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 1995);
- Machik's Complete Explanation by Sarah Harding (Boston: Snow Lion Publications, 2013)
- A Study of the Profound Path of God: The Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Tradition of Tibet's Great Woman Saint Machig Labdron – a Ph.D. dissertation by Carol D. Savvas (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990);
- Women of Wisdom by Tsultrim Allione (London: Arkana, 1984 / New York: Arkana, 1986) – includes the life story of Machig Labdron