Entries by Anastasia

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Prayer To Khandro Tsering Chödrön 

Homage to the lama! Outwardly, you are Sarasvati, the daughter of Brahma, Inwardly, you are the youthful lady Tara, Secretly, you are the innate Vajravarahi, You who embody them all — dakini of the Lakar family — may you reign supreme! The great master of Orgyen knows all past, present and future, and with his […]

Being A Buddhist Nun In The West

Thubten Chodron speaks about the lives of Western nuns, with their problems and joys: Dharma spoke deeply to our hearts, and so, counter to all expectations of our cultures and our families, we quit our jobs, parted from our dear ones, were ordained as Buddhist nuns and in many cases, went to live in other […]

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Geshema Graduation Ceremony in Kopan Nunnery

On November 3rd and 4th Kopan nunnery in Nepal celebrated the Geshema Damcha, the final step in the Geshema ceremony rituals. The term “Damcha” means answering in the debate process. On November 5th the nunnery celebrated the annual Geshema graduation ceremony. This year 10 Geshemas have completed their studies and passed the exams: 7 Geshemas […]

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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 her misplaced generosity to a stranger who came begging at their door. […]

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The Hidden Valley Of Pemako

Homage to the guru who reveals the secret pathways To the hidden land at the centre of my heart Where resides the eternal teacher Beyond all birth and death Ever serene and radiant To you I pray: In all my lives may we come face to face, May my mind be always merged with yours! […]

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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 […]