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The Story Of Dakini Sukhasiddhi

Sukhasiddhi arrived at tantric Buddhism late in life. She lived as an impoverished housewife and mother of six children until the age of fifty-nine. She was thrown out of her home by her husband and children, who were irate at what they considered…
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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,…
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Instruction For Women On Attaining Enlightenment Without Abandoning Daily Activities

The great master known as Padmasambhava, untainted by a womb, was born miraculously from a lotus flower. The mighty king of Tibet invited him to the Snowy Land. After he had tamed the land for Samye, he resided at the Juniper Ridge of Crystal…
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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…
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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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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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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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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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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…
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Beautiful String of Jewels

Heart Advice from Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö to Khandro Tsering Chödrön Homage to the venerable lamas! This life of ours is fleeting, the same as autumn clouds: Now we have it—but now it is gone. This body’s like a bubble,…
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The Melody of Great Bliss

A Supplication to the Wisdom Dakini Sukhasiddhi by Jamgon Kongtrul Bestower of uncontaminated, coemergent bliss; Radiant with the full splendor of sixteen-year-old youth; Leader of every assembly of dakinis in the three locations— …
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Wisdom Rising: New Book by Tsultrim Allione

Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine by Lama Tsultrim Allione "Dakinis offer a feminine model that is fierce, wise, spiritual, and embodied. They give us the energy of the undomesticated feminine; they are…
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Lama Tsultrim Meets Do Dasal Wangmo

In 2010, Lama Tsultrim Allione travelled to Dartsedo, Tibet (known as Kangding by the Chinese and on modern maps) accompanied by her son Costanzo Allione and the translator Sarah Plazas (née Schneider) to meet Do Dasal Wangmo, the last…

Machig's Struggle with Self-Doubt

"When we look at Machig’s life we see her self-doubt balanced by an underlying sense of destiny. She was at once very human, struggling with questions about whether to give up her spiritual vows and enter a relationship, and at the same…