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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…

The Tsoknyi Lineage Nangchen Nuns

The Tsoknyi nunneries were founded in the 19th century by Tsang Yang Gyamtso, who was commanded by his teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche I, to build nunneries in order to provide female practitioners with the same opportunities as men to learn and…
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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…
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Dispelling The Darkness Of Wrong Views

༄༅། །རྣམ་རྟོག་མུན་སེལ་བཞུགས་སོ། ། Dispelling the darkness of wrong views [a poem by Rangjung Neljorma - Natural Yogini - Khandro Namsel Dronma] ཚུར་ཉོན་དང་བརྩེ་བའི་གྲོགས་མོ་ལགས།…
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Benefits Of Reciting The Praises To The 21 Taras

Reciting the Praises to the 21 Taras may be very helpful in everyday life. Usually we pray to Tara in very difficult situations because she helps us very quickly, with utmost love and care. If you rely on Tara you will receive all the support…
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The Value of Prison Work by Ven. Thubten Chodron

One nice thing about being a Buddhist monastic is that when someone asks for help, I don’t have a choice. I have to help to the best of my ability (which is often limited by time, knowledge, finances, experience, other commitments, etc.)…
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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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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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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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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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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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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,…