Namo Guru. One autumn, while on his way to North Horse Gate snow mountain to practice meditation, Jetsun Milarepa arrived at Gepa Leksum in the district of Chung, where all the local farmers were reaping the annual harvest. In a large field, leading a group of laborers, was a young woman of about fifteen years of age who appeared to have the signs of a wisdom dakini. Milarepa approached the group and said, “Patrons, this yogin humbly requests alms.” “Yogin, go to that house over there and wait at the door,” the woman replied. “I will be with you shortly.”
Namo Guru. Milarepa was accompanied by his attendant and Heart Son, Rechungpa. At the area of the Five Small Lakes, at the edge of the Drik region, they were begging for alms and benefiting sentient beings. At that time, word of their arrival spread and people were saying, “The noble one and his son are meditating in the area of the snow mountain Kailash and Lake Ma Pam!” The people of Choro, at the Drik border, hearing of their fame, were convinced that they must be marvelous and wonderful. Devotion awakened within them, and they said, “Since this siddha and his disciple have come here, we should take advantage of it and go and meet them in person.” Taking with them ample offerings, they went to meet Milarepa and his son.
Namo Guru. Jetsun Milarepa went from the Belly Cave of Nyanang to the area of Ngokang to seek alms. He stayed at Lashing for several days, and then proceeded to Nakchar. On the way he happened upon a beautiful young woman with gleaming hair and eyebrows, sixteen years of age, wearing handsome clothes and jewelry, on her way to fetch water. Milarepa said, “My lady, please give me a meal today.” She replied, “If I were to feed every alms-seeker who comes by this crossroad, I would soon run out of provisions.” So saying, she went inside her house. Milarepa settled down outside for the night.
also known as dewai ngödro
Sukhasiddhi, an eleventh century female meditation master, was a contemporary of Niguma and also a teacher of Khyungpo Naljor, who considered her to be his kindest guru. Her life demonstrates to us that age is not a factor when it comes to attaining enlightenment: she met her guru at age 61 and attained enlightenment soon thereafter. Both she and Niguma’s teachings form the heart of the Shangba lineage instructions. Her story was translated from a collection of stories of the lives of Shangba masters
Tibetan Pa gyu tab gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb Ma gyu sherab gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb Nyi me don gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb Kal den nyam gyi gyu pa la sol wa deb Drup tob chod kyi gyu pa la sol wa deb Tob den chod kyong Read more about Machik Labdrön’s Prayer to All Lineages[…]
From among the twenty-four closest disciples of the beloved Tibetan saint Milarepa, four were women. Here is a song from one of these women, Paldarbum. “Dear Lama, I have not made any preparations for the next life. In order that I may start to do so, please kindly teach me how to meditate.” The Jetsun Read more about Paldarbum Learns Meditation[…]
Tibetan Nang si ja wa sem kyi chontrul tsam namkay long la jik pa ngay ma tong de na di kun sal way rang dang lay shen min chi chir ja wa kang yang me ja wa tam chay ko mo gyen du lag day na nra may nyam par shak na lek English translation Read more about Yeshe Tsogyal’s Retreat Song[…]
Emaho! The intention of Great Mother Dharmakaya, The heart of the ten perfections Is enjoyment of profound wisdom. By genuinely ending up here, There’s no one to see appearances. All arising is dharmakaya’s play. Illusions are the Lama’s compassion. So go ahead and stir things up! Emaho! The intention of Lama Kunzang, The heart of Read more about Yeshe Tsogyal’s Song to the Demons[…]
PDF with Songs of Female Masters. Table of Contents Page 5 Yeshe Tsogyal’s Retreat Song Page 6 Yeshe Tsogyal’s Song to the Demons Page 8 Yeshe Tsogyal’s Song to Seven Thieves Page 11 In praise of Prajnaparmita Page 12 Machik’s Prayer of Offering the Three Gestures in Tibetan Page 13 Machik’s Prayer of Offering the Three Read more about Songs of Female Masters[…]