Entries by Anastasia

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Miraculous Birth of Guru Padmasambhava

I am present in front of anyone who has faith in me, Just as the moon casts its reflection, effortlessly, In any vessel filled with water. ~ Guru Rinpoche In the north-western part of the land of Oddiyana, on an island in the lake of Dhanakosha, the blessings of all the buddhas took shape in […]

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Prayer To Arya Tara

Sublime and noble Lady with your circle, Lovingly regard me with compassion, free of thought. Bless me so the aims of all my prayers Can be fulfilled without obstacles. May the Buddha’s teachings spread and flourish! May its holders live in harmony and good health ! May obstacles that threaten them subside! May their teachings […]

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Praise of Goddess Saraswati

Captivating presence, stealing my mind, Like a lightning-adorned cloud beautifying the sky, There amid a celestial gathering of youthful musicians. Compassionate goddess, come here now! Those alluring honeybee eyes in that lotus face, That long, dark blue hair, glowing with white light, There before me in a pose of seductive dance. Grant me, Saraswati, your […]

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Wisdom From An Old Lady

For ninety-nine years I have worked for the benefit of beings. Now this work is almost complete. I will not take birth again in this human realm in a physical form, nor will I leave behind any remains or relics. But my emanations in the world will be innumerable; and many will recognize them. They […]

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Turned 75!

June 30 was Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo‘s birthday. Most of you reading this are aware of Jetsunma’s many achievements over three quarters of a century. Leaving her native England as a teenager for the Indian Himalayas is a remarkable story in itself — but it is what she did with her life from then on that […]

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Naropa’s Encounter With The Dakini

Naropa (956-1040) was an important master in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a disciple of the mahasiddha Tilopa and a teacher of Marpa the translator and many others. He is also counted among the eighty-four mahasiddhas. Naropa’s visionary encounter with Vajrayogini in a form of an old, ugly woman, who exhorted him to go to Tilopa in order to […]

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Arya Tara: Omniscience, Love and Power

Whenever I encounter difficulties, Tara always resolves them all. Whenever I encounter difficulties in whatever I do, Tara takes care of them. I have nothing else to rely on. No matter what happens, I don’t think about anything, I only pray to Tara. I never think, “I should do this or that.” When I was […]

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Attachment and Love — The Buddha’s View

Edited excerpts from the public talk “Love and Cherishing Others” given by Ven. Robina Courtin at Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT, on 14 February 2012. Transcribed by Fran McDermott. Normally, if I say to Bob, ‘I love you,’ and then Bob says, ‘Oh, yes, and I love you,’ we usually mean that like idea […]

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Protectress Achi Chokyi Drolma

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 […]

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Machig Labdron, An Emanation Of The Great Mother

When Machig Labdron was forty-one years old she had an extraordinary meeting with the majestic Lady Tara who gave her blessings and explained that she was a mind emanation of the Great Mother Yum Chenmo: “The one known as the primordial Mother Yum Chenmo is the ultimate nature of all phenomena; emptiness/the essence of reality [dharmuta] free […]

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The Dharani Of Enchanting Vasudhara

From “Compendium of Regular Practices for Names and Dharanis” Extracted from “The Treasure Mine of Practice Methods” by the 7th Panchen Lama, Lobzang Pelden Tenpay Nyima (1782–1853) To the one who previously accumulated the virtue of an ocean of generosity, Thereby found the glory of longevity, wealth and power, And brings down a rain of […]

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The Heart Sutra

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha at Vulture Peak mountain, together with a great gathering of the sangha of monks and a great gathering of the sangha of bodhisattvas. At that time the Blessed One entered the samadhi that expresses the dharma called “profound illumination,” and at the same […]

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Shining Simplicity

In a figure like Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the greatest woman master of our day, who was the wife of my master Jamyang Khyentse, you see very clearly what years of the deepest devotion and practice can create out of the human spirit. Her humility and beauty of heart, and the shining simplicity, modesty, and lucid, […]

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Ode To Tara

O! Great Bhagavati Arya Tara, Dispel all the defilements of myself and all sentient beings. Lead us to achieve enlightenment swiftly. In our lifetimes may we experience favorable circumstances. May outer and inner obstacles to enlightenment, Such as disease, untimely death, nightmares, bad omens and fears, be dispelled. May our minds turn to the dharma. […]