GARLAND OF PLAY: PRAISES TO VAJRAYOGINI BY LORD ATISHA AND FIRST KARMAPA

INTRODUCTION Today for Dākinī Day, I publish two new translations of  Praises to Vajrayoginī (with Tibetan and phonetics) [i] by the Kadamapa master, Atisha (Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna (982-1055)) and my translation of Garland of Playful Display: Praises to Vajravārāhı[ii] by 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (1110 – 1193).  Both are downloadable as pdf files (see end… Continue reading GARLAND OF PLAY: PRAISES TO VAJRAYOGINI BY LORD ATISHA AND FIRST KARMAPA

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

VAJRAYOGINI AND THE KARMAPAS: Catalogue of Karmapas’ Works and ‘Praise to White Vajravarahi’ by Third Karmapa

Source Himalayan Art The Karmapas are lineage holders of the practice of Vajrayogini as passed down from Nāropa to Marpa to Milarepa to the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa onwards. As I wrote about here, it is not correct to say that Nāropa did not pass the lineage to Marpa, although some online sources do. What… Continue reading VAJRAYOGINI AND THE KARMAPAS: Catalogue of Karmapas’ Works and ‘Praise to White Vajravarahi’ by Third Karmapa

Part VI Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo: ‘Gathering of all the Ḍākinī’s Secrets’ (Khandro Sangdu), the empowerment ‘Gathering of Vārāhīs’ and the ‘Lady Demoness’ female terton, Jomo Menmo

For Ḍākinī' day today, my sixth short instalment on the Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo transmissions in January 2020 given by HE Schechen Rabjam Rinpoche, is about the 'Gathering of Vārāhīs' empowerment (given on the 11th day of the event) from a Tibetan text revealed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (and a female treasure-revealer, Jomo Menmo) called the… Continue reading Part VI Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo: ‘Gathering of all the Ḍākinī’s Secrets’ (Khandro Sangdu), the empowerment ‘Gathering of Vārāhīs’ and the ‘Lady Demoness’ female terton, Jomo Menmo