Entries by Anastasia


Nangsa Obum — A Story Of Resurrection

Stories about resurrection are told all over the world, so it must still happen, even today. Perhaps the most famous of all Tibetan resurrection stories is about a woman called Nangsa Obum. Nangsa Obum was a very beautiful, kind young girl whose only wish was to practise the Dharma. One day, a wealthy man, enchanted […]


Taming One’s Mind

Master Padma said: When practicing the Dharma, you must first tame your own mind. The lady asked: What does that mean? The master said: You must extinguish the scorching flames of anger with the water of loving-kindness. You must cross the river of desire on the bridge of powerful remedies. You must light the torch […]


Celebrate Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Dear Friends, On June 30th please join us in celebrating Jetsunma’s birthday. Through her open heart, fierce dedication and vision, nuns from Tibet and the Himalayan regions are finding their voice. There have always been great female practitioners, but now through academic excellence and bringing back the yogic traditions there is a clear path for […]

The Author Of “Same As Me” Statue Photo

Gyalyum Kunzang Dechen Tsomo Namgyal (1906-1987) was the Queen Mother of Sikkim, who made regular trips to Tibet in order to see her relatives. She was a Tibetan from Lhasa, from the Rangsha family, one of the Six Clans. On one of her pilgrimage journeys to Central Tibet, in 1935 or 1936, she took many […]


The Four Devils As Explained By Machig Labdron

Machig Labdron was one of the most realized Tibetan yoginis and female teachers, who lived in the 11th century. She originated several lineages of the Chod practice and spread them all over Tibet for the benefit of all sentient beings. Till now the lineages of this powerful practice have been transmitted and kept alive thanks […]


Ushnivijaya, Bestower Of Long Life And Immortality

Annihilate my suffering and Bestow the sublime fruit of bliss, I pray. Pacify all karmic and emotional impurities With the samadhi of supreme, stainless bliss. Cleanse and pacify all the defilements That cause a short life, which I have accumulated During my previous wanderings in samsara By taking the lives and property of others… May […]

Compassion In Education For Children

“If you could teach children the way things exist (interconnected and impermanent), then what would arise out of that would be a healthy emotional state of mind.”  ~ Pam Cayton Universal Education was a vision of Lama Thupten Yeshe. The educational organization that was founded to realize this vision aims to merge universal values in education, […]

The Tsoknyi Lineage Nangchen Nuns

The Tsoknyi nunneries were founded in the 19th century by Tsang Yang Gyamtso, who was commanded by his teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche I, to build nunneries in order to provide female practitioners with the same opportunities as men to learn and practice the most advanced teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Until 1949, the region of Nangchen, where […]


Ushnishavijaya — Goddess Of Long Life

I prostrate at the feet of Ushnisha Vijaya, Glorious goddess with the face of the autumn moon, Having an extremely beautiful and peaceful body with three faces and eight arms, And who bestows boundless wisdom and the best of lives. ~ Praise of Ushnisha Vijaya Ushnisha Vijaya — Victorious Crown Protrusion — is an emanation […]


Tara’s Virtuous Activity

Tara represents the entire range of virtuous and enlightened activity and is therefore said to be the mother of the buddhas of the past, present and future. Tara’s body is emerald green in colour. The gesture of her left hand symbolizes refuge while her right hand is in the boon-granting pose. Because she is quick to […]


The Wish-Fulfilling Reliquary Box: Advice from Orgyen Drölma

ཨོ་རྒྱན་སྒྲོལ་མའི་ཞལ་གདམས་ཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར་བུའི་གའུ། The Wish-Fulfilling Reliquary Box: Advice from Orgyen Drölma (the Mother of Khenchen Lama Pelgyeypa Dorjé Rinpoché) Tibetan title: o rgyan sgrol ma’i zhal gdams yid bzhin nor bu’i ga’u ན་མོ་གུ་རུ་ཨཱརྱ་ཏཱ་ར་ཡེ། NAMO GURU ĀRYA TĀRAYE. དལ་འབྱོར་མི་རྟག་དགེ་སྡིག་ལས།། The freedoms and advantages, impermanence, virtuous and harmful karma: བསླུ་མེད་ངེས་ཤེས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།། The precious certainty of their inexorability; ཡང་ཡང་དྲན་ཤེས་བག་ཡོད་ངང་།། In the […]


A Spiritual Song By Shuksep Jetsunma

Shukseb Jetsunma Chönyi Zangmo (1852–1953) was the most well known of the yoginis in the 1900s, and was considered an incarnation of Machig Lapdron. She was the founder of Shuksep nunnery, and was a Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist teacher. She made the nunnery once again into a center for the special teachings of the Shugseb Kagyu. […]


The Life Story Of Khandro Pema Dechen

Om Svasti! From the integral nature of the all-pervading primordial state, The Rupakaya of the uninterrupted unity of voidness and awareness, The mother of the spiritual activities of the lord of the three times, The widely manifested venerable Dakini—at her lotus feet, I do service. Lately, a number of people have been asking about the […]


Twenty-One Verses Of Homage To Tara

OM Homage to Tara, the noble and sublime. Homage to TARA, the swift and courageous, You drive away all our fears with TUTARA, Savioress fulfilling all aims with the TURE, With syllables SOHA we offer you homage. Homage to Tara, the swift and courageous, Gaze is as quick as flashes of lightning, From Lord of […]