Mayum Tsewang Palden
Mayum~la, another of the great wisdom dakinis of Tibet, was the consort of the great 3rd Neten Chokling Rinpoche and the mother of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche. She passed away in 1999.
Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel recollects the influence and advice of Mayum Tsewang Palden in the book ‘The Power of an Open Question’:
“Many years ago, in Nepal, when I was a new bride fumbling around trying to fit into my new Tibetan family, my mother-in-law gave me some advice that changed my view of spiritual practice.
But before I tell you what she said, I must explain that Kongtrul Rinpoche’s mother, Mayum Tsewang Palden, was not an ordinary woman, but a seasoned Dharma practitioner, a true yogini. She wasn’t casually tossing out some words. Her words came from experience, and this is what she said: “You don’t have to become Tibetan. You don’t have to be an Ingie (foreigner). Just know your own mind.”
These words of kindness pointed me in the direction of true practice. They took me beyond the foreign cultural forms I was wrestling with and helped me to overcome the complex and naive ideas I had about being a spiritual practitioner.”
Reflections on Mayum Tsewang Palden from The Yogini Project Interview with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal, Spring 2013
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche has honored his mother with an indication of her activity and great kindness:
“In 1999, in honor of the passing of his mother and great practitioner, Mayum Tsewang Paldon, Kongtrul Rinpoche initiated a program of traditional offerings, prayers, and dana (“generosity practice”) in India. Known as the Offering and Dana Pilgrimage, this practice each year takes Rinpoche and other participants to Bodhgaya, Saranath, and other sacred sites in India, to present myriad offerings and carry out dana activities with the positive intention that they bring benefit to countless beings.”