“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
“Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.”
“The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”
Wishing all women and girls a happy, loving, fun, blissful International Women’s Day today, March 8th! And a Happy Holi Spring Colours Festival for those in India!
As you know, two of the aims of this website was to be the first female-founded, and authored Dharma translations and research website and to produce high quality, original, at times provocative, challenging and yet accessible work connected to female practitioners, artists, teachers, scholars, writers and more. Many women (and men) have written to me to tell me how much they appreciate the work, particularly in relation to females.
There are two dedicated sections on the website related to females:
I have designed an image for today using the classic symbol for women (and their vaginas) the lotus. The colour purple has been used as purple is one of the colours used for the day and the Venus symbol with a cross has also been incorporated.
Music? Respect by Aretha Franklin, Boys Wanna Be Her by Peaches, A Woman’s Worth by Alicia Keys, Survivor by Destiny’s Child, Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill, 50 ft Queenie by PJ Harvey, Queen by Jessie J, I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan and Woman by John Lennon. So many to choose!
Adele Tomlin, 8th March 2023.
The Top 10/ most read articles on females in 2022
TANTRIC BUDDHISM, VOWS, SEX AND WOMEN – the importance of love, respect and consent
DAKINI SCRIPT (Khandro Da-yig): Mysterious Symbolic Key to Hidden Treasures
MAGNETISING RED QUEEN, KURUKULLA: “Outshining the perceptions of others and bringing afflictive emotions under control” teaching of 8th Garchen Rinpoche
VICTORIOUS CROWN QUEEN, USHNISHA VIJAYA: DHARANI MANTRA THAT LENGTHENS LIFE-SPAN AND PROTECTS FROM ENTERING LOWER REALMS (8th Garchen Rinpoche teaching 2016)
GODDESS QUEEN OF SPACE: ACHI CHOKYI DROLMA. Life-Story, Texts, Depictions, ‘Praise to Achi by Jigten Sumgon and Teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche
THE MALE-FEMALE TANTRIC UNION: Homophobic heteronormativity or basic biological and inner essences?
APPROACHING VAJRAYOGINI: THE NECESSITY OF FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICE AND EMPOWERMENT AND NEW TRANSLATION OF DAILY VAJRAYOGINI TEXT BY 6TH ZHARMAPA (INCLUDED IN THE NINTH KARMAPA’S NGONDRO TEXT)
THE YOGA OF LADY NIGUMA AS COMPILED BY JETSUN TARANATHA AND PRESENTED BY 2ND KALU RINPOCHE: Niguma Yoga presentations in Bhutan and India by 2nd Kalu Rinpoche; and textual and historical background
Brilliant Light Goddess: Karmapa’s Tibetan Translation of the Dhāraṇī of Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma): Aspirations to End Adversity (Part I)
‘DAKINI IS TRUTH!’TILOPA’S ‘OVERLOOKED’ FEMALE TEACHERS AND ENTERING ‘UNCONVENTIONAL’ CONDUCT (TUL-ZHUG)’