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 TRANSLATION: Vajrayogini’s ‘Extremely Concise Practice of the Great Compassionate One’ by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Introduction Today on the full moon, I offer this first translation and publication of a practice text on Avalokiteśvara, Path of Blissful Union: Great Compassionate One. Extremely Concise Practice from Tsembu Tradition, by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo ('jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po, (1820-1892). It can be freely downloaded on request here. Vajrayogini who gave the… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Vajrayogini’s ‘Extremely Concise Practice of the Great Compassionate One’ by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

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’s instructions on the ‘Great Compassionate One’: Tsembupa’s Lineage

Vajrayogini Today, for Ḍākinī day (and the launch of a new website section) here is a short post on Avalokiteśvara (the Great Compassionate One) in the lineage of 13th Century yogi, Tsembupa Dharma Ozer (tshem bu pa dar ma 'od zer), that came directly from the deity, Vajrayogini [i]. This post considers the origin of… Continue reading Vajrayogini’s instructions on the ‘Great Compassionate One’: Tsembupa’s Lineage

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

NEW TRANSLATIONS: Nāropa’s Vajrayoginī by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

  "In the centre of a bright red mandala endowed with the three aspects, An utterly stunning lotus, and BAM on top of sun and corpse. Yogini, with incredibly beautiful face of two truths, Mother of infinite Victors, I praise. From the extremely pure, [sphere] ‘endowed with all aspects’ Arises a display of the illusory… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATIONS: Nāropa’s Vajrayoginī by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo