Entries by Anastasia

Lawapa And The Dakini

Illustrated is Mahasiddha Lawapa, also sometimes known as Lavapa or Kambala. He is depicted deep in meditation upon the Clear Light. To his side a Dakini manifests. She urges him on to transcend the meditiative stage known as Black Near Attainment, and to arise into the final goal of the Clear light. This image is […]

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The Final Words Of Yeshe Tsogyal

Kyema! Listen, faithful people of Tibet! I am melting now into the space of universal ground; My body is afflicted by no illness. Impure Tsogyal now has blossomed into purity; No longer is there place for impure pain and groaning. This mirage-form of flesh now melts away; No need is there for ritual, virtue, arts […]

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Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program

Tara’s Triple Excellence is an online meditation program by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. With great joy, we share this amazing and life changing online program which contains the whole Buddhist path in an accessible way. Following the link you can find more information and a very good short video about the content and manner in which […]

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How Tara Became A Buddha

Tara is a fully enlightened buddha, who can be understood at both the relative and the ultimate levels.”‘ At the relative level, Buddha Tara displays characteristics that can be understood by ordinary, conceptual human minds. Tibetan lore provides an almost limitless supply of wonderful stories about Tara in her relative aspects. Tara’s life story starts […]

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Interview with Ani Choying Drolma, Part I

TYP: Where is the balance between doing and non-doing, between stepping forward to conduct a project, and stepping back so not to get in the way? How can one be active without becoming ‘too busy’? Ani-la: Well, you know, sometimes people like to say “I’m very busy. I hardly have time.” But all the time […]

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The Value of Prison Work by Ven. Thubten Chodron

One nice thing about being a Buddhist monastic is that when someone asks for help, I don’t have a choice. I have to help to the best of my ability (which is often limited by time, knowledge, finances, experience, other commitments, etc.) Back in 1997, a letter from a prisoner found its way to me […]

In Memory Of Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Khandro Tsering Chödrön was one of the greatest practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism of recent times. She was the spiritual wife of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö — and she was a true dakini, loved and revered by all the masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and an inspiration to Buddhist practitioners everywhere. […]

Liberation Prison Project Founded By Ven. Robina Courtin

A Tibetan Buddhist nun for 31 years, Robina Courtin founded Liberation Prison Project in 1996. She served as executive director for 13 years. She continues to teach all over the world, raising funds to support the prison project and working with people in prisons. Ven. Robina regularly visits prisons in Australia and the United States, […]

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Interview With Jamyang Dagmola Sakya

Jamyang Dagmola Sakya was born in a small village called Thalung in Jekundo in the Province of Kham. She fondly remembers her blissful childhood spending summertime with the nomads and wintertime at home with her family. Her uncle, a reincarnate lama, admitted her to a school run by a private teacher, where all the other […]

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Life Story Of Niguma

Life Story Of Niguma, Dakini Of Timeless Awareness Homage to all the holy gurus From the sky-like nature of the dharmakaya, Light rays of the sun-and-moon-like form-kayas Illuminate the mental darkness of those to be tamed; I bow reverently at the feet of the holy guru. With that, I would express here just a fraction […]

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Praise of Green Tara

From the billowing cloud of your compassion Resounds the thunder of teachings sweet to hear, Seizing disciples in a rain of eight branches; To she the wise in raining [teachings] I bow down. Ocean-like treasure of qualities who sees all things Who can describe you as you really are? For your unimpeded mind possesses ten […]

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Kung Fu Nuns Of Nepal

At the Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery, nestled in mountains an hour’s drive from Kathmandu, each day begins at 3 a.m. with the sound of a bell. Dawn will not seep across the highest Himalayan peaks for several more hours. As the young nuns stir from sleep, only a dim light filters through the dormitory windows from […]

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Types Of Dakinis

Between dakas and dakinis there’s a difference In how their bodies may seem in apparent reality, But for Mahamudra, luminous clarity, There’s not an atom of difference in their essential nature. Those with good fortune and intelligence, Who enter into the Vajrayana And attain the mantric siddhis, Are renowned as mantra-born dakinis. By attending a […]

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The Meaning Of Dakini Day

Dakini represents the enlightened female principle. Tibetans call it khandro (mkha’ ’gro), which means “sky-goer” or “sky-dancer.” There are many types of dakinis, but in general they act as yidam deities or protectors of Dharma teachings, who help and guide practitioners on the path. Particularly, when people who follow the Dharma enter the Vajrayana vehicle, the […]