Entries by Anastasia

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Interview With Allison Choying Zangmo

Allison Choying Zangmo is a student of Anyen Rinpoche and his root master, Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche. She has been studying dharma and the Tibetan language under Anyen Rinpoche’s personal guidance for the past sixteen years, and acts as his personal translator. She works diligently for both Orgyen Khamdroling, a Buddhist meditation center in Denver, Colorado, and […]

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Beautiful Face of Khechari

An Aspirational Prayer to Behold the Beautiful Face of Khechari by Tsarchen Losal Gyatso Namo Vajra Chandaliye! From the dance of bliss-emptiness of limitless conquerors, Appearing as so many visual illusions of samsara-nirvana; Henceforth, now, glorious Khechari, Attractive One, With my heartfelt recollection, protect with a joyful loving embrace. In Akanistha is the innate Mother […]

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Meaning Of The Green Tara Mantra

In short, OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA means “I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones.” The Tara mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA. To explain the meaning of TARE TUTTARE TURE: TARE means liberating from samsara. TARE shows that Mother Tara liberates living beings from samsara, from true suffering, or […]

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Prayer of Yeshe Tsogyal’s Life & Liberation

The Tambura’s Yearning Song of Devotion: A Prayer Summarizing Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal’s Life and Liberation by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye Namo Guru Jnana Dakinyai! Homage to the Guru, the Wisdom Dakini! Samantabhadri, Unchanging Goodness, Prajnaparamita, Perfection of Wisdom, Dhatvisvari, Mother of All Encompassing Space, Vajrayogini, Sarasvati, Goddess of Learning, Yeshe Tsogyal, Wisdom Queen of the […]

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The Sutra Of Arya-Tara Who Saves From The Eight Fears

Tara Of The Khadira Forest (Skt. khadiravani tara, Tib. sengdeng nak kyi drolma), is the main deity who is considered to give protection from the eight great fears: flood of attachment, the thieves of wrong views, the lion of pride, the snakes of jealousy, the fire of anger, the carnivorous demon of doubt, the chains of miserliness or […]

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Total Lunar Eclipse On 27 July

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century takes place today! It wil start at 8:21 (UTC) and will last 1 hour and 43 minutes. Usually lunar and solar eclipses are auspicious days for practice and provide opportunity for accumulating an increased amount of merit. If we know we can chant the Prayer of […]

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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 […]