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Machig Labron Thangka

Machig Labdrön was a renowned 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini who originated several Tibetan lineages of the Vajrayana practice of Chöd (cutting off of ego). This thangka is unbrocaded, and would require framing which should have a red matte border in gold frame (traditonal). Chöd is the main practice of Tibetan nuns, and in some circles Machig Labron is seen as an emanation of Tara. She sets the intention of putting others first, which would be a consideration for women who perform healing's on others in their space; and that the presence of ego is removed. In this depiction she is surrounded by Protectors and Chöd practitioners.


Machik Labdrön is perhaps the most famous female saint in Tibetan Buddhism. The reputation of her merit and teachings became known even in India. In this thangka she is pictured with Green Tara above her head, and above that, Prajnaparamita who holds the Perfection of Wisdom texts.

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One of her famous quotes is- “The origin of all demons is in mind itself. When awareness holds on and embraces any outer object, It is in the hold of a demon.”