IN PRAISE OF THE HEADLESS, FEMME FATALE ‘SCARLET WOMAN’: Male monastic privilege and appropriation, denigration of women, female lineages, ‘feminist’ male consorts, and Vajrayoginī with severed-head and reversed Yum-yab union

“Thus I have heard—at one time the Buddha stayed in the vagina of the admantine woman, who is the essence of the body, speech, and mind of all buddhas.” – Shakyamuni Buddha[1] “Wherever in the world a female body is seen, That should be recognized as my holy body.” --Vajrayoginī , in Caṇḍa­mahā­roṣaṇa Tantra “Even… Continue reading IN PRAISE OF THE HEADLESS, FEMME FATALE ‘SCARLET WOMAN’: Male monastic privilege and appropriation, denigration of women, female lineages, ‘feminist’ male consorts, and Vajrayoginī with severed-head and reversed Yum-yab union

NEW: Guru Padmasambhava page and sacred places in Bhutan

Today for Guru Rinpoche Day, the tenth day of the sacred lunar month of Saga Dawa, here is a brief catalogue of the works and research so far published on Guru Padmasambhava and his two main students/consorts, Yeshe Tsogyel and Mandarava. These are now listed on a new website page dedicated to Padmasambhava. Work on… Continue reading NEW: Guru Padmasambhava page and sacred places in Bhutan

DAKINI SCRIPT (Khandro Da-yig): Mysterious Symbolic Key to Hidden Treasures

“Even just one symbol of Dākinī script can unlock in the treasure-revealer's mind the entire teaching that is contained within it. They are the 'passwords' that allow the Terton to download the entire treasure of wisdom.” Example of golden ḍākinī script said to be from a Terma of Terton Mingyur Dorje Introduction For today, the… Continue reading DAKINI SCRIPT (Khandro Da-yig): Mysterious Symbolic Key to Hidden Treasures

THE ‘MOTHER OF WISDOM’: Pictures, poems and songs on Mother’s Day!

'Like a mother who protects her child, her only child, with her own life, one should cultivate a heart of unlimited love and compassion towards all living beings.'Gautama Buddha Today, is Mother’s Day in many countries, a time for all to remember the great and unrepayable kindness of mothers everywhere. Many great texts compare Bodhisattvas… Continue reading THE ‘MOTHER OF WISDOM’: Pictures, poems and songs on Mother’s Day!

3rd Jamgon Kongtrul, Rumtek Monastery Parinirvāṇa ritual and Kālacakra

For Dakini Day today, I offer a short post on the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul, one of the main lineage holders of Karma Kagyu and the Non-Sectarian movement in Tibet (Rimey), heart-son of 16th Karmapa and Kālacakra master (who passed away suddenly in a car crash in 1992). Rumtek Monastery Parinirvana anniversary puja Yesterday, Rumtek monastery… Continue reading 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul, Rumtek Monastery Parinirvāṇa ritual and Kālacakra