Jetsünma Mume Yeshe Tsomo

Jetsünma Mume Yeshe Tsomo (རྗེ་བཙུན་མ་མུ་མེད་ཡེ་ཤེས་མཚོ་མོ, rje btsun ma mu med ye shes mtsho mo, b. 1966), abbr. Mumtso (mu mtsho) is regarded as a Dakini or Khandroma (mkha’ ‘gro ma), a master or lama and precious being (bla ma rin po che). Khandro Mumtso is H.H. Jigme Puntsok Rinpoche’s niece and the female abbot or khenmo (mkhan mo) and kyorpön (skyor dpon) of the nuns’s quarter of Pema Khandro Duling (padma mkha’ ‘gro ‘du gling) in the religious encampment or chögar (chos sgar) of Larung, Serta, Eastern Tibet.

She has been recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama as tulku (sprul sku) of the important female Master and Lineage Holder Mingyur Paldrön (Mi’gyur dpal sgron, 1699-1769), daughter of Terdag Lingpa (gter bdag gling pa, 1646-1714) as well as of her manifestation, the first an major consort of Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa (gter ston bsod rgyal las rab gling pa, 1856-1926) known as Bumo (bum o), Young Maiden, or more fully Khandroma Bumo Trinle Chödrön (mkha‘ ‚gro ma bum o phrin las chos gron), The Young Maiden Dakini of Dharma Lights and Activities. She offers teachings to the resident nuns who by the late 1990s numbered approximately 5,000 individuals.

The Most Venerable Dakini Mumtso was born on the 2nd day of the 12th Tibetan month in 1966 (the Year of the Fire Horse) in Sertar, Sichuan Province. She is an embodiment of many bodhisattvas and is commonly recognized as the emanation of Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal by many accomplished masters worldwide. In 1999, as the reincarnation of the great female accomplisher Minling Mingyur Paldrön, Dakini Mumtso was enthroned at Mindrolling Monastery which is one of the principle Nyingma monasteries.

At the time of her birth, H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche had just completed his practice of Dharani “Mum”, the seed syllable of Manjushri Bodhisattva; therefore he named her Mumtso. “Tso” means ocean. During the first four days and nights after birth, Dakini Mumtso sat in the seven point posture of Vairochana. Without being breastfed, she chanted the mantra of Manjushri Bodhisattva during sleep. She didn’t even cry when she came into this world.

Even since her childhood, Dakini Mumtso had been learning, contemplating and practicing Dharma under the guidance of H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. She received the pure transmission of almost all the exoteric and esoteric teachings from H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and was granted the degree of Khenmo by him shortly after the founding of Larung Five Sciences Buddhist College. 

Because of the extraordinary connections in previous lifetimes and the ripening of her vast vows, Dakini Mumtso had always been accompanying and assisting H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. With his permission, she has been teaching and granting empowerments to Sangha and lay practitioners at Larung Valley. Dakini Mumtso is generally venerated as Vajra Guru by the Sangha of Larung Five Sciences Buddhist College and has become the most important successor of H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche.

In the Tibetan year of the Wood Monkey (2004), after the nirvana of H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche Dakini Mumtso was elected as the leader of Larung Five Sciences Buddhist College by all the Sangha there. 

Here biography has been published: The Chariot of Faith: A Biography of Jestun Ma Mume Yeshe Tshomo, the Incarnation of Mingyur Palgyi Drönma. Mi’ gyur dpal gryi sgron ma’i rnam rol rje btsun ma mu med ye shes mtsho mo’i rnam thar dad pa’i shing rta. No date (2011), no publisher.

Sources: Naldjor and www.khenchensherabzangpo.org.