Dakini’s Warm Breath
The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the Dakini, or “sky-dancer,” a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences.
In the spiritual journey of the meditator – Simmer-Brown demonstrates in Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism – the dakini symbolizes levels of personal realization: the sacredness of the body, both female and male; the profound meeting point of body and mind in meditation; the visionary realm of ritual practice; and the empty, spacious qualities of mind itself. When the meditator encounters the dakini, living spiritual experience is activated in a nonconceptual manner by her direct gaze, her radiant body, and her compassionate revelation of reality. Grounded in the author’s personal encounter with the dakini, this unique study will appeal to both male and female spiritual seekers interested in goddess worship, women’s spirituality, and the tantric tradition.
All the layers, levels, and subtleties of the dakini symbol and energy are lucidly disclosed here by author Judith Simmer-Brown, chairwoman of Religious Studies at Naropa University and and an acharya (an empowered teacher) of the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.