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, 2016, to lead the Troma Retreat. Sangye Khandro will teach from Master Pema Lungtok 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.
Troma Nakmo Practice and Teaching Retreat
with Sangye Khandro at Pema Osel Ling
June 14 – 23, 2016
Center Photo: © John Swearingen
Top Photo: Sonam Basiga Tagle Famarin