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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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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,…
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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…
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The Importance Of A Kind Heart

“People try spiritually to achieve realization. The true realization is to achieve a kind heart. Other than that, there is nothing really that is useful. Nothing else. Realistically, there is good and bad. The things that we can completely…
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Practicing For A Realized Death

"Not only great teachers die enlightened deaths. Gisela had been through two rounds of melanoma, and the doctors finally told her there was nothing more to be done. At seventy-five, she had been a committed student of meditation for many years…
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Joanna Macy On Prajñaparamita

  The Buddhas in the world-systems in the ten directions bring to mind this perfection of wisdom as their mother. The Saviors of this world who were in the past, and also are now in the ten directions, have issued from her, and…
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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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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…
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The Sweet Sound Of Perfect Joy

In Praise of the Goddess Sarasvati Hrim! Daughter of the mind of Brahma Arisen from the great lake of enjoyment, With your face pure and white as the moon— Goddess Sarasvati, to you I pay homage! Unending treasury of the secret words…
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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…