A selection of biographies of six Tibetan female mystics, written by a former Tibetan Buddhist nun who subsequently became a wife and mother. It provides stories of women who, in a variety of difficult situations, have attained enlightenment and liberation. As a religion Tibetan Buddhism sometimes does not take kindly to women, believing women to be incapable of the highest state of awareness. At the same time, however, this tradition also offers immense possibilities for women. Tsultrim Allione provides an account of the hard lives faced by these women revealing their commitment to Buddhism and shows in turn how important women are to the religion.
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Author of Women of Wisdom, Tsultrim Allione is one of the first American women to be ordained a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. But blazing a trail for Buddhist women in the West required models of great women practitioners. In the first book of its kind, Allione brings together the biographies of six women mystics in this strong but little-known Tibetan tradition. Make that seven women, as Allione expands her own spiritual autobiography into 80 pages in this new printing. The dakini principle, the principle of feminine transformation, pervades each of these stories. A woman is beaten by her husband and father-in-law and has her son taken from her but later comes face to face with the boddhisattva Tara and becomes a great teacher. A wife who has always dreamed of practicing the dharma splits from her husband and travels the land receiving teachings. A poor cowherd is given a long-hidden sacred text and becomes dakini, herself. A spiritual biography embodies a teaching, and these stories enchant while successfully transmitting wisdom. --Brian Bruya, Amazon.com
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