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Natural Warmth Of Your Heart

Before we can know what natural warmth really is, often we must experience loss. We go along for years moving through our days, propelled by habit, taking life pretty much for granted. Then we or someone dear to us has an accident or gets…
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Dakini’s Twilight Language

During his lifetime, the 8th-century Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal concealed countless treasures known as terma for the benefit of future generations. These treasures were hidden in different landscapes to…
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How We Pray To Tara

From a teaching on Tara given by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche at Deer Park Institute in Bir, India, 2 April 2017 "The most important prayer in the Arya Tara is when you are praying: “Make me you.” Basically that’s what you are saying.…
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Understanding The Five Wisdom Dakinis

In order to understand the five wisdom dakinis we have to go way back to the beginning, to the basic split. The split is between "I" and "others." This is the beginning of the "ego." The ego sees everything dualistically, there is a space…
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Prayer to Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Namo guravé! 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—the dakini of the Lakar family—may…
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A Glimpse Into The Pure Land Of Tara

Delog Dawa Drolma was a great female teacher of Tibet, and the mother of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. As Chagdud Tulku remembers, his mother was revered throughout Tibet for her extraordinary powers as a lama, but she was more famous for being…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Interview with Ani Lama Sherab Zangmo

Ani Lama Sherab Zangmo was a resident nun and meditation teacher at Gebchak Gonpa. Often referred to as “The Great Yogini of Gebchak Gonpa”, Sherab Zangmo was famed among the lamas in Eastern Tibet for her high realization. She passed…
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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. ~…
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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…
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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…
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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…