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  Dakini Energies - Crystalinks
When the dakini's test has been fulfilled and passed, the practitioner is often then recognised as a Mahasiddha, and often is elevated into the Paradise of the Dakinis, a place of enlightened bliss.
Dakinis are 'sky dancers,' heavenly angels devoted to the truth (dharma), woman consorts of and partners with the god-creators of India and Tibet.
Dakini's wrathful aspect is depicted by the mala of skulls.
www.crystalinks.com /dakini.html   (967 words)

  
 Dance of the Yogini: Images of Aggression in Tantric Buddhism
The word dakini is translated as women who dance in the sky or interpretable as women who revel in the freedom of emptiness.
A majority of scholars believe that the use of such a mystical and secret language is parallel to the identification of women with the unknown in nature, and her body as a metaphor for the mysteries of the world.
Buddhism has a deep and profound beauty that all of humanity could take to their hearts, thus bringing much needed compassion, tolerance, acceptance, peace and joy to the world.
www.exoticindiaart.com /article/dakini   (2499 words)

  
 -- Beliefnet.com
The dakini, the feminine principle in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is depicted as an unpredictable, semiwrathful, dancing spirit-woman who appears in visions and dreams of yogins or yoginis.
Dakini lore has sparked enormous interest in recent decades, as Western scholars and interpreters have endeavored to comprehend her meaning.
The first is that of the anima in Jungian psychology, an archetype of the feminine closely associated with the unconscious, embedded in the psyche of the male.
www.beliefnet.com /story/124/story_12423_1.html   (400 words)

  
 Dancing Demons - Ceremonial Masks of Mongolia
Buddhism, one of the world’s oldest and most widespread religions, derives from the Buddha, who was born a prince named Siddhartha Gautama in what is now Nepal in 563 B.C.E. As a young man, Siddhartha renounced his princely life and set out to find the cause of human suffering.
Buddhism, with its all-inclusive, systematic vision of the world and its well-administered hierarchical structure had many points in its favor to make it more practical and attractive in the eyes of conquerors than the unstructured shamanism in which they were raised.
Mongolian Buddhism was at this time was a religion imposed from above by the court and was probably restricted to elite strata of Mongol society.
www.asiasociety.org /arts/mongolia/buddha.html   (963 words)

  
 Dakini Land
Superficially the Dakini embodies the spirit of female wrath, she appears to dance in a wild frenzy, bent on destruction chaos and transformation.
In most images of the Dakini she is seen dancing on the corpse of a human.
The Dakini are not bent on mindless destruction or chaos for its own sake The wrath they embody is towards their own states of anger, greed and delusion, which they and their practitioners seek to cut out and transform.
www.dakini.demon.co.uk /index2.htm   (802 words)

  
 Tools for learning of meditation and tools for absorption in meditation.
Dakini Goddess is the supreme embodiment of highest spiritual knowledge and the most potent manifestation of feminine divinity in Tibetan Buddhism.
Dakini Goddess name is indicator of Nature dance where nature of living being is a womb symbol connoting blankness, creativity, and potentiality.
Dakini Goddess left hand holds high the lamp of spiritual knowledge that leads to path of liberation from life and death cycle.
www.heavenlygardens.org /sadhana/step11.htm   (774 words)

  
 Vajranatha.com
Moreover, the Dakini is a manifestation of the energy of enlightened awareness in the stream of consciousness of the individual male practitioner, which awakens that consciousness to the spiritual path, thus playing the role of the archetypal figure the Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung designated as the Anima.
At certain times, the Dakinis, riding through the sky on the backs of wild animals and led by their queen, gather in the cemetery or cremation ground on the mountain and dance naked around their bubbling cauldron.
And Buddhism ceased to be a functioning religious culture in the lands of the West.
www.vajranatha.com /teaching/Dakinis.htm   (3002 words)

  
 Dakini - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A dakini (Tibetan: མཁའ་གྲ་མ་; Wylie: mkha'-'gro-ma; ZWPY: Kandroma; Chinese language: 空行女) is a Tantric Buddhist concept particularly prevalent in Tibet.
There are instances where a Dakini has come to test a practitioner's control over his or her sexual desires, but the Dakini itself is not a being of passion.
The Chinese and Tibetan terms for dakini literally mean "she who travels in the sky"; this is sometimes rendered poetically as "sky dancer" or "sky walker".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dakini   (437 words)

  
 Shambhala Sutrayana Seminary with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Kumari represents the most significant class of enlightened female figures in Tibetan Buddhism, the wisdom dakini, In yogic literature and lore, she and her sisters appear to practitioners, men and women alike, during rituals and during retreat to give teaching, direction, and challenge in meditation practice.
Certainly there have been fine preliminary studies of the dakini, beginning with the scholarship of David Snellgrove, who traced the development of the dakini from her "gruesome and obscene" origins to her "more gentle aspects" in Tibetan depictions as symbols of transcendent wisdom.
The second, more recent model derives from feminist sources, which treat the dakini as a female goddess figure who may be, on the one hand, a creation of a patriarchal fantasy or, on the other, a remnant of some prepatriarchal past who champions women in androcentric settings.
www.shambhalamountain.org /program_detail.php?retreat=507   (1642 words)

  
 Goddesses of Tibetan Buddhism
The whispered voices of the dakini are known popularly as the Dakini's warm breath.Most of scholars believe that the use of such a mystical and secret language is parallel to the identification of women with the unknown in nature, and her body as a metaphor for the mysteries of the world.
The dakini is not to be taken for granted nor imposed upon, the blazing fires often depicted behind her are ever ready to consume the enemies of the Dharma.
This dakini is always available because she resides in the heart, sitting on a white moon disk, which rests on a golden sun disk which rests on a blue 4 petaled lotus.
www.geocities.com /rdtibet/budgoddess.htm   (1857 words)

  
 Shambhala - Dakini's Warm Breath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or "sky-dancer," a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences.
Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have shaped a contemporary critique of Tibetan Buddhism in which the dakini is seen as a psychological "shadow," a feminine savior, or an objectified product of patriarchal fantasy.
When the meditator encounters the dakini, living spiritual experience is activated in a nonconceptual manner by her direct gaze, her radiant body, and her compassionate revelation of reality.
www.shambhala.com /html/catalog/items/isbn/1-57062-920-X.cfm   (360 words)

  
 Oinari, Fox Spirit, God of Japan, Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist & Shinto Deities
Dakini is a powerful Buddhist goddess from the Vajrayana (Tantric) tradition, who is sometimes associated with the Hindu goddess Kali.
Another similar theory is that Inari was syncretized with "Dakini-ten." In Japan, Dakini-ten are the various manifestations of Dakini, and were generally associated with Daikoku-ten (Mahakala), who is considered the Hindu god of the Five Cereals (later becomes god of Buddhism, and today is one of Japan's Seven Lucky Gods).
This dakini had as its "messenger" a white fox, and worshippers offer fried soybean curd at Inari shrines, for this is apparently the favorite food of the fox.
www.onmarkproductions.com /html/oinari.shtml   (4903 words)

  
 Dakini - About
They are said to hold all the teachings of Buddhism in their cloudtop lair.
Once you have seen a Dakini you are said to be a "holder of the crazy wisdom".
In 1997 Dakini moved to a 30,000 square foot facilty in Brockton, MA.
www.dakini.com /about/story.html   (1319 words)

  
 Vajranatha.com
Rather, she is a wrathful manifestation of Guhyajnana Dakini, who, according to the Nyingmapa tradition, was the principal Dakini teacher of Padmasambhava in the country of Uddiyana.
Therefore, although Simhamukha is a Dakini in her aspect, she functions as a Yidam or meditation deity and her special functions are averting and repulsing (bzlog-pa) psychic attacks that may assault the practitioner and the subduing of negative female energy as personified by the Matrikas or Mamos.
Thus, the Dakini, in the Buddhist context, represents a re-emergence of the feminine at all levels in the domain of the psychic and the spiritual, not simply as an adjunct to a male deity, but as an independent force in her own right.
www.vajranatha.com /teaching/Simhamukha.htm   (3302 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism: Books: Judith Simmer-Brown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Simmer Brown discusses the dakini as a female having the 'unique power to transform the practitioner and to confer power.' Her power comes from her lineage of realisation, representing the enlightened nature of mind of both yogins and yoginis.
The outer dakini is the subtle body of vital winds and channels ruled by the dakinis of the 24 sacred places, the symbolic network of yogic power.
The dakini protects the lineage of teachings, ensuring pure motivation, circumstances and understanding are present in the transmission from guru to student.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/157062920X   (764 words)

  
 entities ~ metaxu buddhism
Compassion personified, and in Mahayana Buddhism, deified, as Avalokiteshvara, or the Bodhisattva [ref]
They regard it as a misguided attempt to fit Buddhism into a small compartment of Hinduism, whereas in fact Buddhism has an entirely different philosophy, in which the many gods play only a subordinate role.
In Buddhism, she is shakti of Manjushri, the god of learning, as goddess of poetry and music.
metaxu.to /buddhism/entities.php   (3819 words)

  
 Dakinis: healers of our gender scars
The dakini is one of the most difficult themes in Tibetan Buddhism to really understand because the word is used in many different ways.
As I have studied and talked to lamas, I've understood that the dakini is the connector between the practitioner and the spiritual lineage; the messenger, the link and the mirror for the practitioner.
The dakini is the one who shows the practitioner where he or she may be on the spiritual path, and points the way for the next step.
www.mandalamagazine.org /2001/dakinis.asp   (743 words)

  
 Woman and the Dakini
A consort is a Dakini by virtue of her involvement in a moment, or rather an unbroken succession of moments, of integration and enlightenment.
Thus from the beginning the Dakinis were associated with the meta-psychotherapeutic function of ego destruction and the initiation of yogins into the mandala of pure being, consciousness and ecstasy (satchitananda).
The Dakini sees all men as her Gurus; it is the sexual metaphor describing her lack of discrimination and her willingness to unite with all men that gives her a reputation for promiscuity.
www.purifymind.com /WomanDakini.htm   (6812 words)

  
 Buddhism and Homosexuality
It is known as the Dakini Teachings and it is a treasure map to the salvation of one's soul.
Buddhism's greatest vulnerability lies in its adherrants tendency to intellectualize Buddha's message.
Padma Sambhava knew when he transmitted the Dakini Teachings that he would be reaching across time and space, imploring all souls to wake up to one's buddha nature and forsake momentums of the past.
www.reversespins.com /buddhismandgays.html   (703 words)

  
 Ultimate Buddhist Booklist "D"
Dakini Teachings is a collection of advice selected from several revealed "treasure teachings" or (terma).
According to Jamgon Kongtrul the First's Lives of One Hundred Tertons, Yeshe Tsogyal was a dakini and an emanation of the female buddha Lochana, the consort of Buddha Ratnasambhava, as well as of Vajra Yogini appearing in the form of a woman.
It is complete in encompassing the vast diversity of preliminary and fundamental Buddhist practice and complete, as well in including in its presentation of Buddhism the esoteric practices that convey one to the inexpressible transcendental profundity, the clear and blissful sphere of the ultimate.
www.turtlehill.org /bks/bksd.html   (2368 words)

  
 Introduction to the Mandala
This rapid spiritual ascent requires the guidance of one who has him or herself experienced the subtle terrain of the highest spiritual states.
Teachings are tailored to the individual and often appear incomprehensible to the uninitiated, thus the appellation frequently associated with this phase of Buddhism, esoteric.
Esoteric literature is associated with a strong oral tradition, one's teacher conveying the obscure prose and ensuring that the disciple is morally, intellectually and spiritually prepared to receive its teachings.
www.dakini-wisdom.com /mandalahistorytalk.htm   (263 words)

  
 Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
The traditional nomadic culture was greatly influenced by the introduction of Buddhism from India, to an extent that nearly all the cultural achievements of Tibet are related to the Buddhist religion.
Because of the predominance of tantra with its rich tradition of symbolism, it is no surprise that symbols and symbolic artifacts of all sorts are found in Tibet.
Quite a number of tales are connected to the mountain, linked with the greatest saints of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava and Milarepa, and is the abode of the deity Chakrasamvara.
buddhism.kalachakranet.org /symbols_tibet_buddhism.htm   (2263 words)

  
 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Dakini
"sky walker, witch, imp") is a Tantric priestess of ancient India who "carried the souls of the dead to the sky." According to legend, members of the Indian royal castes and the wealthy nobility brought their deceased to the far North to visit the Shrine of the Dakini (located at the foothills of the Himalayas).
Love is their usual domain—one explanation for dakini or angels supposedly living in the sky or heaven.
Tantric sex may involve a "helper" dakini-- a human female trained in Tantra Yoga-- or an "actual" dakini.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Dakini   (306 words)

  
 Practices - Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies
Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava, brought Buddhism from India to Tibet in the 8th century and is especially revered by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Black Dakini, Tröma Nagmo, embodies the wrathfully compassionate nature of primordial wisdom.The practice of the Black Dakini, Tröma Nagmo, is considered a pinnacle among the Vajrayana practices and, if undertaken with diligence, ensures an extremely quick path to liberation.
The Black Dakini, Troma Nagmo, embodies the wrathfully compassionate nature of primordial wisdom.The practice of chod is considered a most profound method for cutting through the ego, and subsequently ignorance.
www.tashicholing.org /Practices.htm   (1925 words)

  
 Jnanasukha Foundation Newsletter - Vol. 2, No. 1 "Dakini Talk" January 5, 2005
One of Rinpoche's treasures, "The Profound Path of the Dakini Heart Essence (zab lam mkha 'dro thug thig) is the focus of Jnanasukha Foundation which has assumed the responsibility of translating and teaching this lineage of the female buddhas.
"Dakini" is the feminine embodiment of the ultimate realization of vast emptiness inseparable from all activities and circumstances." Heart Essence" indicates that this" terma" is the condensed single point of millions of dakini transmissions.
Jnanasukha is a nonprofit organization founded to bring to the West, the spiritual teachings of the female buddhas called, "Dakini Heart Essence", the mind treasure of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, supreme head of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.
jnanasukha.org /newsletter/dakinitalkv2n1.html   (3477 words)

  
 Encounter Board - Who are the Dakinis? : Shirley MacLaine
Dharma Dakinis are devoted to a higher purpose and so their actions are generally positive.
Dharma Dakinis are not afraid to use their powers to dazzle us, arouse us out of our sleep of habits, and seduce us onto a path of truth.
Dakinis manifest the beauty of the Truth which is then an invitation to follow the path of Truth.
www.shirleymaclaine.com /encounter/showthread.php?t=201788   (3179 words)

  
 Dakinis of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, a rare Tibetan Buddhist lineage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Dakinis of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, a rare Tibetan Buddhist lineage
It is noteworthy that the Shangpa lineage was born of two women in the 10th and 11th centuries, the dakinis Niguma and Sukhasiddhi.
Sukhasiddhi, the other dakini in the lineage, is always presented as peaceful, beautiful, and ripe with blessings that she continually bestows on the lineage.
www.likeanillusion.com /dakinis.shtml   (257 words)

  
 such a sham!!!!!! - tribe.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Dakini - "A dakini (Sanskrit: "sky dancer") is a Tantric priestess of ancient India who "carried the souls of the dead to the sky".
Tantic buddhism is the lightning path - a powerful potentiallydangerous path to enlightenment in one lifetime (as opposed to the Middle Path of the Boddhisatva Buddhism which follows the Sutras of writing and learning).
The concept of Dakini as one who assists in the developement and tests the attainment of the aspirant.
people.tribe.net /b6friend/blog/d839d096-ced3-497d-9b2d-afdc2e913185   (2577 words)

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