From the primordially pure and vast space of Küntu Zangmo, spontaneously manifests Sipé Gyalmo, Queen of Existence. Arising in a wisdom form that is without inherent existence, she has the ability to manifest in any way that is needed to help sentient beings. This includes peaceful, magical, or powerful manifestations in addition to her more well-known wrathful manifestations who protect the religious tradition of Yungdrung Bon and its practitioners. She protects the external container which is the environment of universes, galaxies, planets and stars as well as the inner contents which are the inhabitants of these environments. Her wrathful manifestations display a fierce and fearless form which symbolize her ability to conquer any obstacle without exception.
‘Having performed Mother Sigyal’s practice in successive previous lifetimes,
you have lovingly protected me like a mother protects her very own child.
Like the body with its shadow, you surround me with your love and affection.
I supplicate to you single-pointedly from my heart!
Never being separated and through your loving compassion,
protect me well with your four kinds of peaceful, expansive, powerful and wrathful activities!
Without hesitation and with no exceptions, please act to accomplish whatever goal or intention that I wish for!’
— Sigyal’s Entrusted Activity composed by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche and translated from the Tibetan by Raven Cypress Wood
“Manifesting from the essence of space, the state of the unmoving nature of mind of Küntu Zangmo,
for the purpose of protecting the enlightened teachings of the Yungdrung Bön,
is the lord of the boundary between past and future, the Queen of Existence Sipé Gyalmo.
You are Dédro Sangwé Yum, the secret Mother who guides beings to bliss.
Your Body emanations are the wrathful goddesses of the six times.
Your Speech emanations are the four queens who rule over the four seasons.
Your Mind emanations are the female demons who are the nyen queens of existence.
…I offer praise together with the pure and respectful prostrations of my three doors.
I openly admit everything that I have done which contradicts your mind”
— From The Complete Accomplishment of Golden Libations for the Assembly of Bön Guardians and Protectors composed by H.H. the 23rd Menri Trizin Nyima Tenzin Rinpoche and contained within the forthcoming book Sacred Smoke: The Ritual Practice of Fumigation and Offering in the Yungdrung Bön Religious Tradition by Raven Cypress Wood
According to the Yungdrung Bön religious calendar, there are specific days set aside for the practice of Sipé Gyalmo who manifests riding a red mule. These dates are according to the lunar calendar and vary according to the month. During the 1st month of each season, which is the 12th, 3rd, 6th, and 9th lunar months, her practice day is the 8th lunar day. During the middle month of each season, which is the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th lunar months, her practice day is the 4th lunar day. During the final month of each season, which is the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th lunar months, her practice day is the 5th lunar day. In 2020, the next corresponding date on the Western calendar is December 19th. This will be the 5th lunar day of the 11th month.
Mother of Space, the primordially pure, unconditioned Body of Bön,
in order to establish the teachings of Bön in the Land of Snow,
regardless of wherever I am, Supreme Mother Sipé Gyalmo,
through my merely calling out to you, please come!”
— From The Alphabetical Praise of Sipé Gyalmo translated from the Tibetan by Raven Cypress Wood
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