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Miraculous Birth of Guru Padmasambhava

I am present in front of anyone who has faith in me, Just as the moon casts its reflection, effortlessly, In any vessel filled with water. ~ Guru Rinpoche In the north-western part of the land of Oddiyana, on an island in the lake of Dhanakosha,…
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Prayer To Arya Tara

Sublime and noble Lady with your circle, Lovingly regard me with compassion, free of thought. Bless me so the aims of all my prayers Can be fulfilled without obstacles. May the Buddha's teachings spread and flourish! May its holders…
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Praise of Goddess Saraswati

Captivating presence, stealing my mind, Like a lightning-adorned cloud beautifying the sky, There amid a celestial gathering of youthful musicians. Compassionate goddess, come here now! Those alluring honeybee eyes in that lotus face, That…
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Wisdom From An Old Lady

For ninety-nine years I have worked for the benefit of beings. Now this work is almost complete. I will not take birth again in this human realm in a physical form, nor will I leave behind any remains or relics. But my emanations in…
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Naropa's Encounter With The Dakini

Naropa (956-1040) was an important master in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a disciple of the mahasiddha Tilopa and a teacher of Marpa the translator and many others. He is also counted among the eighty-four mahasiddhas.…
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Leading Three Hundred Noble Women To The Dharma

One day, Mandarava wanted to go out for a stroll. She asked the group of maidens attending her if they would like to go along. They replied in the affirmative, and all set out together for a long walk. Having passed through a dense forest,…
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Arya Tara: Omniscience, Love and Power

Whenever I encounter difficulties, Tara always resolves them all. Whenever I encounter difficulties in whatever I do, Tara takes care of them. I have nothing else to rely on. No matter what happens, I don’t think about anything, I only pray…
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Attachment and Love — The Buddha’s View

Edited excerpts from the public talk "Love and Cherishing Others" given by Ven. Robina Courtin at Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT, on 14 February 2012. Transcribed by Fran McDermott. Normally, if I say to Bob, ‘I love you,’ and then…
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Protectress Achi Chokyi Drolma

Mother Achi was the great grandmother of Lord Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Lineage. To this day she remains a great dharma protector of the Buddha's teachings. Although Achi has a particular committment to protect the Drikung Kagyu,…
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Machig Labdron, An Emanation Of The Great Mother

When Machig Labdron was forty-one years old she had an extraordinary meeting with the majestic Lady Tara who gave her blessings and explained that she was a mind emanation of the Great Mother Yum Chenmo: "The one known as the primordial…
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The Dharani Of Enchanting Vasudhara

From "Compendium of Regular Practices for Names and Dharanis" Extracted from "The Treasure Mine of Practice Methods" by the 7th Panchen Lama, Lobzang Pelden Tenpay Nyima (1782–1853) To the one who previously accumulated the virtue of…
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The Heart Sutra

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha at Vulture Peak mountain, together with a great gathering of the sangha of monks and a great gathering of the sangha of bodhisattvas. At that time the Blessed One entered the…
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Shining Simplicity

In a figure like Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the greatest woman master of our day, who was the wife of my master Jamyang Khyentse, you see very clearly what years of the deepest devotion and practice can create out of the human spirit. Her…
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Ode To Tara

O! Great Bhagavati Arya Tara, Dispel all the defilements of myself and all sentient beings. Lead us to achieve enlightenment swiftly. In our lifetimes may we experience favorable circumstances. May outer and inner obstacles to enlightenment, Such…
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Ten Key Points While Practicing The Dharma

Master Padma said: When practicing the Dharma you must possess ten key points. The Lady asked: What are the ten key points? The master said: You must possess the key point of faith free from fluctuation, like a river. You must possess the…