His Holiness The Dalai Lama's Favorite Prayer

  His Holiness The Dalai Lama recites this prayer daily because, he says, "It gives me inner strength and enthusiasm to serve sentient being and humanity.” It is a passage from Bodhicaryavatara, the epic poem renowned as "The Way…
,

What Makes Yeshe Tsogyal the Perfect Disciple?

“The visualization of ourselves as Yeshe Tsogyal is particularly important and profound. She was both Guru Rinpoche’s consort and his chief disciple. He had a deep loving-kindness and a great tenderness toward her, as well as confidence…
,

The Secret Power of the Dakini

"In her most subtle, essential form, Yeshe Tsogyal is called 'expanse of mahasukha Kuntusangmo [Samantabhadri], the all-good queen.' This deity is called the primordial Mother Buddha, source of all enlightenment. She is the consort and female…
,

Homage To Tara In Twenty-One Verses

OM Noble and exalted Tara, I bow to you.   Homage to Tara, swift and courageous, Who dispels all fears by the syllables TUTTARE The savioress who bestows all benefit by TURE, With the syllables of homage, SOHA, I bow to you.   Homage…
,

The Horrific Appearance of the Dakini

"Not all dakinis appear in young and beautiful form; in horrific form they have the power to open the practitioner's mind in a direct way. This is how the karma dakini appears in 'destroying' mode, removing particularly intractable obstacles…
,

Sangye Khandro's Praise of Dudjom Sangyum Kusho Rigzin Wongmo

We are very excited to be adding Her Holiness Dudjom Sangyum Kusho Rigzin Wongmo, the consort of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and an amazing hidden yogini, to our collection of Wisdom Dakinis. After her death there were many miraculous indications…
,

Lama Tsultrim Allione on Faith

  "I saw that faith is a powerful form of relaxation, and this turned out to be one of the most powerful realizations of the pilgrimage for me. Faith is taking things one step at a time, relaxing, trusting. It is moment-to-moment opening…
,

Yogini Project - Production Update, Oct '17

October 2017: YOGINI PROJECT PRODUCTION UPDATE Thank you again to all those who supported our crowdfundraiser this spring/summer 2017 to produce and subtitle our Tibetan yogini material. It's coming to light thanks to you. NANGCHEN…
,

Mandarava Tames Charnel Ground Beings

"Because the wisdom dakini is native to the charnel ground, she has special powers to tame the raw and terrifying spirits who dwell there. Princess Mandarava was especially known for her abilities to tame the charnel ground beings. In her…
,

"Some Said I Was A Dakini"

“I always think I am not a dakini. I don’t know who I am. Some lamas say I am Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, some say I am Vajrayogini, and others say I am Tara. It might be their own pure appearances. I myself think I am nothing special. When…
,

Do Not Be Discouraged

  When Tara appeared to Machig Labdron while she was in retreat in a cave at the age of forty-one, the yogini said to Tara: "You have been very kind to me and have given me power. I am just a weak, stupid woman, but now I have become…

The Blessing of Green Tara

 Green Tara appeared to Khenchen Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche (Chokyi Drakpa) while he was in a Chinese prison and gave him a prophecy that the Dharma would again flourish in Tibet:  “While he was still in prison, [Tsara Dharmakirti] Rinpoche…
,

Whatever We Can Do...

  "Whatever we can do to serve others, at any moment, in any situation, is the practice of bodhi, or awakening. Service awakens in us a natural generosity, not a calculated response that weighs the pros and cons and decides whether it's…
,

Recognizing the Wisdom Dakini

"As we have seen, it is often difficult to recognize the wisdom dakini. She may appear in the form of a human woman or take the visionary form of a worldly demoness dakini. Because of the ambiguity of her appearance, which is a central part…

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on the Meaning of "Tsunma"

"In 2008, when the Gyalwang Drukpa suggested awarding her the title Jetsunma in recognition of her spiritual growth and her work with women, Tenzin Palmo’s first reaction was to refuse such a distinction. 'But,' she says, 'I received so…