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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…
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Total Lunar Eclipse On 27 July

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century takes place today! It wil start at 8:21 (UTC) and will last 1 hour and 43 minutes. Usually lunar and solar eclipses are auspicious days for practice and provide opportunity for accumulating…
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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…