Five Sisters of Long Life

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Five Sisters of Long Life (Tib. ཚེ་རིང་མཆེད་ལྔ་ , tsering ché nga, Wyl. tshe ring mched lnga) are guardians who pledged to protect the teachings. They are:-

  1. Tashi Tseringma, (Tib. བཀྲ་ཤིས་ཚེ་རིང་མ་ , Wyl. bkra shis tshe ring ma)
  2. Ting gi Shyal Zangma, (Tib. མཐིང་གི་ཞལ་བཟང་མ་ , Wyl. mthing gi zhal bzang ma)
  3. Chöpen Drin Zangma, (Tib. ཅོད་པན་མགྲིན་བཟང་མ་ , Wyl. cod pan mgrin bzang ma)
  4. Miyo Lang Zangma, (Tib. མི་གཡོ་གླང་བཟང་མ་ , Wyl. mi g.yo glang bzang ma) and
  5. Talkar Dro Zangma, (Tib. གཏལ་དཀར་འགྲོ་བཟང་མ་ , Wyl. gtal dkar ‘gro bzang ma).

In some traditions they are depicted as riding on animals[1] but in the Longchen Nyingtik terma tradition they are depicted in standing posture holding various accoutrements. [2]

  1. Tashi Tseringma – riding a snow lion
  2. Ting gi Shyal Zangma – riding a wild ass
  3. Chöpen Drin Zangma – riding a stag
  4. Miyo Lang Zangma – riding a tiger
  5. Talkar Dro Zangma - riding a dragon

Longchen Nyingtik terma tradition

  1. Tashi Tseringma - holding an arrow and a dice
  2. Ting gi Shyal Zangma - holding a divination mirror
  3. Chöpen Drin Zangma - holding a treasure vase
  4. Miyo Lang Zangma - holding a tray of wealth and riches
  5. Talkar Dro Zangma - holding a silver ladle of milk

References

  1. * http://www.himalayanart.org/pages/tseringma/index.html The Five Long-life Sisters.
  2. * klong chen snying thig rtsa pod, Vol. 2, klong chen snying gi thig le las/ bka' srung sman btsun mched lnga'i phrin las dpag bsam yongs 'du - pp.749-755/756.

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