Mother Achi was the great grandmother of Lord Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Lineage. To this day she remains a great dharma protector of the Buddha’s teachings. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
She is the emanation of Vajrayogini who is the embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of all the Buddhas. She is the divine mother of the Buddhas and manifested out of compassion in the form of the Dakinis of the Five Buddha families. To benefit the beings in samsara, she displays a limitless number of manifestations at different times and in different space dimensions.
From a ritual standpoint, she functions not only as a semiwrathful Dharma protectress but in meditation practices as a guru, a potential consort, and even a tutelary deity, or yidam.
Chokyi Drolma, literally means “Savioress of the Dharma”, and the familiar title Achi, which simply translates as “grandmother”. In this thangka we can see Achi as the central figure alongside Tashi Tseringma and the Long- Life sisters. On a top there is a line of eight appropriate linage holders. From left to right, Vajradhara, the Indian Mahasiddha Tilopa, his direct disciple Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Pakmodrupa and Jigten Sumgon. Below this line on the right is an image of Cakrasamvara with his consort Vajravarahi, and on the left is a four-armed form of the deity Mahakala. There appears to also be a second, smaller image of Achi on the left side. Unlike the central figure, this one is standing. The lowest line of figures has animals given to Achi and her retinue as offerings.
Achi Chokyi Drolma (Art Print) – Flera Birmane