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Niguma, Lady Of Illusion : Tsadra Foundation Series - Sarah Harding

Niguma, Lady Of Illusion

Tsadra Foundation Series

Hardcover Published: 16th January 2011
ISBN: 9781559393614
Number Of Pages: 418

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Providing a rare glimpse of feminine Buddhist history, Niguma, Lady of Illusion brings to the forefront the life and teachings of a mysterious eleventh-century Kashmiri woman who became the source of a major Tibetan Buddhist practice lineage. The circumstances of her life and the extraordinary qualities ascribed to her are analyzed in the greater context of spiritual biography and Buddhist doctrine. More than a historical presentation, Niguma's story raises the question of women as real spiritual leaders versus male images of "feminine principle" and other related contemporary issues.

This volume includes the thirteen works that have been attributed to Niguma in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. These collected works form the basis of an ancient lineage, Shangpa, which continues to be actively studied and practiced today. These works include the source verses for such esoteric practices as the Six Yogas, the Great Seal, and the Chakrasamvara and Hevajra tantric practices that are widespread in Tibetan traditions. Also included is the only extant biography, which is enhanced by the few other sources of information on her life and work.

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"Such an important historical female figure as Niguma has been obscured by centuries of overlaid mythology, but now Sarah Harding has skillfully managed to separate the wheat from the chaff and to reveal something of the woman behind the legend, along with her place in the Shangpa tradition and her fascinating writings on Yoga."--Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake

"Sarah Harding's fascinating account of the literature surrounding Niguma, heiress of unimaginable qualities, provides a rare glimpse into the life of a legendary female practitioner who traces the source of her wisdom lineage directly to Vajradhara the epitome of awakening. The collected works and biography are gems of insight into the spiritual journey of this elusive figure whose realization culminates in the perfection of timeless awareness and an illusory rainbow body. Deftly written, the account is a treasure trove of information about tantric practices and attainments focused especially on the nature and power of illusion. Harding's attempts to separate the flesh-and-blood woman from the idealized dakini make for an engaging, often amusing read for neophytes and experienced practitioners alike. Of special relevance to those who happen to be women this time around."--Karma Lekshe Tsomo, editor of Buddhism through American Women's Eyes

Prayer to the Gurus of the Shangpa Lineagep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Technical Notesp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Niguma, the Dakini of Timeless Awarenessp. 1
Stories of Nigumap. 16
The Textual Traditionp. 22
The Shangpa Traditionp. 27
Stages in the Path of Illusionp. 37
Introductionp. 37
Stages in the Path of Illusionp. 54
Outline of the Commentaryp. 85
Stages in the Path of Illusion: The Commentaryp. 86
The Six Dharmas of Nigumap. 135
Introductionp. 135
Vajra Lines of the Six Dharmasp. 139
Mahamudrap. 143
Introductionp. 143
Vajra Lines of the Amulet Mahamudrap. 145
Vajra Lines of the Amulet Mahamudra (with Notes)p. 147
Naturally Free Mahamudrap. 150
The Three Integrationsp. 153
Introductionp. 153
Three Dharmas to Integrate on the Pathp. 155
Immortal and Infalliblep. 161
Introductionp. 161
Glorious Immortal Great Timeless Awarenessp. 163
Chakrasamvarap. 167
Introductionp. 167
Mandala Ritual of Glorious Chakrasamvarap. 170
Swift Accomplishment of Glorious Chakrasamvarap. 173
Hevajrap. 177
Introductionp. 177
Mandala Ritual of Glorious Hevajrap. 178
The Dakini's Personal Instructions: Five Short Texts on Yogic Techniquesp. 183
Introductionp. 183
Esoteric Instructions on Opening the Channelp. 185
Meditation on Channels, Prana, and Suchp. 186
Meditation on Inner Heat in the Path of Methodsp. 187
Yoga of Meditation in the Path of Methodsp. 189
Channel Chakras of One's Bodyp. 191
Niguma's Aspiration Prayerp. 193
Aspiration Prayer of the Sealed Word (ôKagyamaö)p. 193
ôThe Basis of Everythingöp. 199
The Tibetan Text of Stages in the Path of Illusion and the Commentaryp. 201
Notesp. 257
Abbreviationsp. 307
Bibliography of Works Cited by the Authorp. 311
Reference Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9781559393614
ISBN-10: 1559393610
Series: Tsadra Foundation Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 16th January 2011
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1

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