Troma Nagmo
Tröma Nagmo statue in a Dudjom Tersar monastery.

Troma Nagmo

Dharmapala

Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) revealed a rare teaching of The Black Wrathful Dakini (Troma Nagmo) to his chief consort Yeshe Tsogyal, who later concealed this as a terma (hidden treasure). This treasure was to be discovered at an appropriate time by one of the reincarnations of Padmasambhava’s twenty-five disciples.

Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904) received the direct transmissions of the Troma Nagmo cycle through a series of visions of Machig Labdrön, Saraha, Padampa Sangye and others. Today this practice is taught by Chagdud Khadro and Pema Khandro, among others.

Blue-black in colour, she has one central face and a small brown pig head on the crown looking to the right. Wrathful in appearance she has three round glaring eyes, a gaping red mouth and yellow hair flowing upward like flames. In the right hand held upraised is a curved knife. In the left held to the heart is a blood filled skullcup; a katvanga staff rests against the shoulder. Standing on the left leg in a posture of dance atop a corpse, sun disc and lotus blossom, she is completely surrounded by the orange-red flames of pristine awareness.

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