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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.…
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Leading Three Hundred Noble Women To The Dharma

One day, Mandarava wanted to go out for a stroll. She asked the group of maidens attending her if they would like to go along. They replied in the affirmative, and all set out together for a long walk. Having passed through a dense forest,…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Ten Key Points While Practicing The Dharma

Master Padma said: When practicing the Dharma you must possess ten key points. The Lady asked: What are the ten key points? The master said: You must possess the key point of faith free from fluctuation, like a river. You must possess the…
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Who Is White Tara?

Let us talk a little bit about White Tara to start with. All the buddhas have the same realizations; you can’t differentiate them. From the side of a Buddha, they don’t have the same feeling of “I” that we deluded beings do. The…
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How To Cultivate Bodhicitta?

~ Virtue is about using your senses in a way that is responsive to the needs of others. There are four primary conditions upon which bodhichitta can be based and generated. Number one: bodhichitta — whether you call it good-heartedness,…
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The Story of Bodhisattva Tara

OM to the transcendent subduer, Arya Tara, I prostrate. Homage to the glorious one who frees with TARE. With TUTTARE you calm all fears, You bestow all success with TURE, To the sound SOHA I pay great homage! ~ Prayer to Tara Many eons…
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The Song of Niguma

The wisdom dakini known as Nigupta, illustrious Narotapa’s sister, was a self-manifest yogini, a powerful lord bodhisattva on awakening’s tenth stage, who received direct instruction from Conqueror Vajra Bearer. She sang these vajra verses…