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 1st Karmapa

Five Deity Vajravārāhı mandala (Naropa Karma Kagyu tradition) For Ḍākinī Day today, I am delighted to publish for the first time, three short texts written by the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (Dus gsum mkhyen pa, 1110–1193) on Vajrayogini/vārāhı: 1) Five Deity Vajravārāhı Indian root text, 2) Sadhana of Five Deity Vajravārāhı and 3) Joyful Garland… Continue reading Vajrayogini and the 1st Karmapa

VAJRAYOGINI AND THE KARMAPAS: Catalogue of Karmapas’ Works and Praise to White Vajrayogini

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 Vajrayogini

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