Emaho!! Wonderful phenomena around the passing of Sangyum Rikzin Wangmo (consort of the late HH Dudjom Rinpoche).
From Saraswati Bhawan’s “How Dakini’s Die“:
“There’s been a lot of interest in the passing of Shiva Rinpoche in Nepal, and all the rainbow phenomena that occurs when a great being dies. But don’t think that these things only happen to male practitioners! And don’t think that they only happen in Asia! Right here, right now, the same phenomena is happening in New York City.
On Aug. 27, the Sangyum Rikzin Wangmo, who was the wife of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, passed away peacefully in her home in New York City at the age of 89. She is still sitting in t’hug-dam (meditative concentration) – 10 days later – while ceremonies are being done in her home.
There have been numerous reports of rainbow phenomena in New York and New York City since that time.”
On the day of her passing, this rainbow appeared over the stupa at Orgyen Cho Dzong, the retreat center in upstate New York that she and Dudjom Rinpoche founded in the 70’s.
Her son, Shenp’hen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche, has posted a beautiful biography of her on his website: tersar. org.
In it he says,
“At this moment, she is still in Thug Dam, following the tradition, as we know, of great enlightened beings’ realization in the Dharmakaya. The benefit of their deep meditation, which is the expression of their bodhisattva commitment, removes all dangers, calamities, and sufferings such as war, disease, famine, and earthquakes. As well, from that meditative state, they empower us in our practice and multiply our purification practice to the fullest extent.
Currently, we are holding her 49 day ceremony at Yeshe Nyingpo in New York city by offering the Khater Dor Sem puja, discovered by His Holiness.
We are indeed fortunate she lived for 89 years. Generally in our tradition, it is known that when a terton leaves his body, his Dakini consort follows. She had many visions and situations where she was invited by the Dakinis to leave her body to come to their Buddhafields, but she refused, saying she still wanted to be with her children. Once again I thank her for her consideration for being with us as long as she has been. I have no doubt that she has the full power to leave her body whenever she chooses.
It is now my ardent prayer that she will swiftly reincarnate and we have the good fortune to once again be in the midst of her presence. May her reincarnation be free of obstacles and may she grace and bless us soon.”
More on Sangyum Rikzin Wangmo:
One important bit of information about the Sangyum, which is a story that rarely gets told, is that she was instrumental in having all the collected works of Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje published and printed into the twenty-two volumes of his Sung-Bum. If it wasn’t for her tireless contribution, we would not have such access to his terma texts, and written teachings, which are now being translated all over the world. We owe her a great debt of gratitude for helping to make Dudjom Rinpoche’s teachings available to all.
Lama Dawa Rinpoche often tells a story of an incident he witnessed in Kalimpong, in the 1960’s when Dudjom Rinpoche was offering the Nyingma Kama. At that time, Dudjom Rinpoche had called Lama Sherab Dorje to his residence, and when he arrived, the Sangyum greeted him and had him wait in the foyer. But he waited for over an hour, then he began to get upset at the Sangyum, thinking she was being bossy and rude to make him wait so long. Before long, HH Dudjom Rinpoche came and in his hand he carried a box. He showed Lama Sherab Dorje a tooth that was inside the box, explaining that this was one of her teeth that had been extracted by a dentist. Many relics were growing from the tooth, and when Lama Sherab Dorje saw this, he immediately felt regret for his wrong views towards her, and also realized that HH Dudjom Rinpoche had read his thoughts, knowing he was feeling angry. He brought the tooth relics down to show him. Lama Sherab Dorje immediately apologized and remarked how the Sangyum was not an “ordinary lady.”
Lama Dawa was very young when this happened, but it is a memory that is forever etched in his mind as a reminder that we should be very careful to judge people and to always maintain pure view towards that Lama and his consort, as Yab and Yum – inseparable.
More links on Sangyum Rikzin Wangmo.