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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…

Being A Buddhist Nun In The West

Thubten Chodron speaks about the lives of Western nuns, with their problems and joys: Dharma spoke deeply to our hearts, and so, counter to all expectations of our cultures and our families, we quit our jobs, parted from our dear ones, were…
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Geshema Graduation Ceremony in Kopan Nunnery

On November 3rd and 4th Kopan nunnery in Nepal celebrated the Geshema Damcha, the final step in the Geshema ceremony rituals. The term “Damcha” means answering in the debate process. On November 5th the nunnery celebrated the annual…
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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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The Hidden Valley Of Pemako

Homage to the guru who reveals the secret pathways To the hidden land at the centre of my heart Where resides the eternal teacher Beyond all birth and death Ever serene and radiant To you I pray: In all my lives may we come face to…
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A Free Heart

The sun shines and she freely cleaves the sky With wings spread, she slides through the furrows left by the wind Beyond conventions, she goes beyond limits and against the tide A smile appears on her face in front of the beauty of nature…
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A Female Lineage's Most Welcome Transmission To Women

THE PARADOX OF A FEMALE LINEAGE’S BELATED YET MOST WELCOME TRANSMISSION TO WOMEN - PART I Many people are familiar with the names of Niguma and Sukhasiddhi, two of the most renowned dakinis of the Tibetan tradition, who around the 11th…
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Life Outside Our Story - Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

"One way in which you can observe the effect of clinging to things as real is through physical, emotional, and conceptual contraction.  Contraction is not necessarily a problem in and of itself.  For example, the heart has to contract to…
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Interview With Allison Choying Zangmo

Allison Choying Zangmo is a student of Anyen Rinpoche and his root master, Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche. She has been studying dharma and the Tibetan language under Anyen Rinpoche’s personal guidance for the past sixteen years, and acts as…
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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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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…