Achi Chökyi Drölma
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ABS 262

 Code: ABS 262

  Country: Tibet (central)


  Date: 1600 - 1700

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.5 x 8 x 3

  Materials: White marble

Achi Chökyi Drölma

Achi Chökyi Drölma, the "Grandmother Chökyi Drölma", is a guardian deity of Tibetan Buddhism (dharmapala). She was born in the 11th century in central Tibet, chose her husband herself and had four sons, all of whom became famous ascetics and scholars. She was a successful tantric practitioner and respected teacher. Her hagiography records that she vowed to be born again in samsara as a protector of Buddhist teachings (dharma) for the benefit of all sentient beings. It was her grandson Jigten Sumgön (1143-1217), the initiator of the Drigung Kagyu lineage, who further developed her worship and made her the main protector of her tradition. 

She has three eyes, is dressed in the style of Indian deities and rides on a blue horse. Her right hand wields a double-headed drum (damaru) and the left holds a skull bowl (kapala).