Menri Monastery: Retreat of the Great Loving Mother

Each year during the 23rd-29th lunar days of the 5th month, members of the Menri Monastery ordained community undergo a retreat for Jamma Chenmo, the Great Loving Mother. This year, those lunar dates coincide with July 21st-27th, 2022 on the Western calendar.

Sherap Jamma, the Wise Loving Mother, is a Buddha who manifests as a loving mother to care for each and every sentient being as though they were her only child. In her manifestation as one of the four primary Buddhas of the Yungdrung Bön religious tradition, she is called by the Zhang Zhung name Satrik Érsang.

The Heartdrop of Jamma, Jamma Nying Tik, is an aural transmission given by Khandro Sherap Lopelma, an emanation of Sherap Jamma, to His Holiness 22nd Menri Trizin Sonam Lodro Rinpoché. Lama Tsultrim Nyima, the abbot of the 1st Yungdrung Bön temple in exile in Dhorpatan, Nepal, advised the Bönpo refugees to recite The Heartdrop of Jamma together as a family every evening after dinner. This evening recitation continues to this very day among many Bönpo families.

In this practice, every part of the physical body, consciousness, and mind become the manifestation of Buddha Sherap Jamma and her retinue through the potent power of her mantra. In this way, our attachment to our solid, imperfect body that reinforces our worldly identity is decreased and our wisdom, realization, and positive qualities increase.


I pray to the Venerable Five Manifestations of Jamma. Single Mother for everyone who is without refuge or a protector remove external, internal, and secret obstacles, which are enemies along the path! Grant your blessings that my wishes will be spontaneously accomplished!

— Extract from prayer of supplication within The Heartdrop of Jamma


Text of The Heartdrop of Jamma handwritten by Barlé Rinpoche

“From the É MA at the twenty fingers and toes manifests the outer retinue.

I prostrate to the thirty-two Mothers!

From the sixteen letters HO at the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands, the two forearms, the two shins, the two thighs, the upper arms, and inside the four organs manifests the four outer, four inner, four secret, and the four innermost secret doorkeepers.

I prostrate to the manifestations who open the doors to realization, methods of practice, abiding, and to the path!”

— Extract from The Heartdrop of Jamma

English, French, and Spanish language translations of The Heartdrop of Jamma can be purchased from this link:

This book includes annotated, color or black and white images of Jamma along with her five wisdom manifestations and her eight manifestations that protect from fear. Additionally, there is a brief biography of H.H. 22nd Menri Trizin Sonam Lodro. Additionally, the book concludes with the translation of Removing Obstacles from the Path, Bar Ché Lam Sel,  another aural transmission of Khandro Sherap Lo Pélma that is often practiced as a daily recitation in the Bönpo community and is considered a powerful means of protection and support.

Sherap Lo Pelma

Khandro Sherap Lo Pelma, wisdom khandro that increases the intellect

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Posted on July 16, 2022, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Raven. I needed this. So beautiful! What a gift you are providing. Sending love love love 💕

  2. You are very welcome! I hope that you and your loved ones are all doing very well, Raven

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