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Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava: The Indian Consort of Padmasambhava

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This lucid translation of a rare Tibetan text makes available for the first time to Western readers the remarkable life story of Princess Madarava. As the principal consort of the eighth century Indian master Padmasambhava before he introduced tantric Buddhism to Tibet, Mandarava is the Indian counterpart of the Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Lives and Liberation recounts her struggles and triumphs as a Buddhist adept throughout her many lives and is an authentic deliverance story of a female Buddhist master. ...

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Overview

This lucid translation of a rare Tibetan text makes available for the first time to Western readers the remarkable life story of Princess Madarava. As the principal consort of the eighth century Indian master Padmasambhava before he introduced tantric Buddhism to Tibet, Mandarava is the Indian counterpart of the Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Lives and Liberation recounts her struggles and triumphs as a Buddhist adept throughout her many lives and is an authentic deliverance story of a female Buddhist master. Those who read this book will gain inspiration and encouragement on the path to liberation.

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Editorial Reviews

Janet Gyatso
"An extraordinary story from the heart of Tibetan religious culture... replete with messages of encouragement... Her story presents its readers with a complex image of a woman engaged in the difficult process of self-realization. What would have been most striking to its 'traditional' readers is the strength of its resolutely feminine heroine, who carved out a distinctive way to travel on the classical tantric path."
The Quest
"The work is extraordinarily important, for its chief character is a woman who becomes a Buddha. It is, in fact, a proto-feminist document that reads right back into the very foundations of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism a very anti-patriarchal, liberating feminist dharma... Its real message is that women can be enlightened just as fully as men and that everyone should recognize the potency of feminine spiritual accomplishment. Surely this is a work which many American Buddhists will cherish. Perhaps it is a vision of what Buddhism in the twenty-first century will become. Admirably translated."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711444
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 987,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Lama Chonam, Choying Namgyal, was born in the Golog area of eastern Tibet in 1964. His root teacher, Khenpo Munsel, was a direct disciple of Khenpo Ngagchung and was himself one of the great authentic Dzogchen masters of the twentieth century. Lama Chonam escaped Tibet in 1992 and later came to the United States, where he resides today. Over the past sixteen years Lama Chonam has been teaching Tibetan language and the Buddhadharma. He is one of the founders of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group.

Sangye Khandro has been a Buddhist since 1971 and a translator of the Dharma since 1976. She has helped to establish numerous centers in the US and has served as translator for many prominent masters in all four lineages. Sangye has been the spiritual companion of the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche for nearly thirty years and has continued to help serve the centers established by her root teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, with whom she studied and practiced for many years. Sangye Khandro is one of the founders of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group.

Janet Gyatso is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan and South Asian cultural history and the Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard University. Gyatso was president of the International Association of Tibetan Studies from 2000 to 2006, and co-chair of the Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion from 2004 to 2010. She teaches lecture courses and advanced seminars on Buddhist history, ritual, and ideas, and on Tibetan literary practices and religious history. In both teaching and writing she draws on cultural and literary theory, and endeavors to widen the spectrum of intellectual resources for the understanding of Buddhist and Tibetan history. She is the faculty director of the Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum. She is also a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Committee on the Study of Religion, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies. She will chair the Committee on Women, Sexuality, and Gender in Religion at the Divinity School in 2012 and is involved in the development of a new track for the training of Buddhist lay ministers and leaders in the master of divinity program. Gyatso taught at Amherst College before coming to Harvard as the Divinity School's first Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Introduction 1
1 Daughter of the King of Zahor, Princess Mandarava 17
2 The Daughter of King Indradeva 22
3 Marrying Prince Suryagarbha 30
4 In the Kingdom of Kanaka 39
5 In the Kingdom of Damaru 45
6 Enlightening the Kingdom of Damaru 53
7 In the Realm of the Gods 58
8 In the Naga Realm of Black Chandala 61
9 Daughter of the Demigod King 65
10 Shri Sagara 67
11 The Twenty-Five Manifestations 70
12 Blessings from the Dakinis 72
13 Seeing the Country of Her Birth 76
14 Choosing Her Mother and Father 79
15 Entering Her Mother's Womb 82
16 Paying Homage to Her Father and Mother 86
17 Aversion to Samsara 92
18 Perfecting the Outer Sciences 97
19 Liberating the Heretic Kyabsal Nagpo 102
20 Leading Three Hundred Noble Women to the Path of Dharma 105
21 The Death of Prince Pawode 109
22 Setting Five Hundred Women on the Path to Liberation 113
23 The Sacred Flesh of a Bodhisattva 119
24 A Vision of Vajrasattva 122
25 Taking Vows and Training in the Dharma 128
26 Meeting Master Padmasambhava 131
27 Subduing the King with Miracles 135
28 Freed from Imprisonment 142
29 Abandoning Samsara 146
30 Accomplishing Longevity in Maratika Cave 152
31 Subjugating Heretics in the Kingdom of Kotala 155
32 Conquering Elementals at the Charnel Ground 162
33 Bringing the Cannibals of Chamara to the Dharma 166
34 Eight Miracles in Eight Countries 169
35 Turning the Wheel of Dharma in Oddiyana 179
36 Turning the Wheel of Dharma in Shambhala 182
37 Becoming the Wisdom Dakini 188
38 Supplication to Mandarava's Emanations 194
Epilogue 203
Table of Equivalents 207
Notes 219
About the Contributors 227
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