Niguma, Lady of Illusion

Niguma, Lady of Illusion

by Sarah Harding
     
 

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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. More than an historical presentation, Niguma's story challenges the view that images of women in Buddhism are merely symbolic

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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. More than an historical presentation, Niguma's story challenges the view that images of women in Buddhism are merely symbolic representations of the feminine principle. This volume includes the thirteen works that have been attributed to Niguma in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. These collected works, which form the basis of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, continue 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.

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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

Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
"Niguma is Niguma. A book is a book. If you read with discernment, however, and put what is written into practice, You just might meet Niguma face to face."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559397407
Publisher:
Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/16/2011
Series:
Tsadra Foundation Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
418
Sales rank:
1,084,475
File size:
7 MB

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Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Niguma is Niguma. A book is a book. If you read with discernment, however, and put what is written into practice, You just might meet Niguma face to face."
From the Publisher
"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

Meet the Author

Sarah Harding has been a Tibetan Buddhist translator and practitioner since 1974. Her publications include Machik's Complete Explanation. She has been on the faculty of Naropa University for nearly twenty years and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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