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

Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

  'Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.'-Anais Nin This article is an attempt to clarify some of the information and misunderstandings surrounding monasticism, sex, women, consorts in Vajrayana (or Tantric) Buddhism.  The first half discusses the monastic vows and rules on sexual relations, the role and meaning of a consort, and… Continue reading Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

HH 17th Karmapa with Tibetan Buddhist nuns 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and female empowerment Within the male privileged environs of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, apart from well-meaning words and soundbites about women from very few male Tibetan Buddhist lamas, even fewer have put their ‘money and time where their mouth is’, such as that of HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.… Continue reading ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females