The Tibetan Buddhist tradition carries exotic tales about fearless female "sky dancers" or "wisdom dakinis" who dance in limitless space and act as messengers, guides, and protectors. These dakinis manifest the feminine wisdom energy that has been stripped from religions and cultures û energy that is so desperately needed in the world today. Let Tsultrim Allione take you on a journey through The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine, where you will learn how to embody the sacred energy of the five dakinis to bring strength, power, and transformation to your life.
Allione's quest began in the late 1960s when she was looking for a spiritual practice that honoured her challenges and concerns as a woman. Her search took her to Nepal where she discovered Tibetan Buddhist Tantra and learned of the mandala principle and the five dakinis û wild, impassioned, dancing expressions of feminine energy. In Buddhist Tantra, she encountered female images that are sexual and spiritual, ecstatic and intelligent, wrathful and peaceful. Each has the power to transform unenlightened or "encumbered" qualities into wisdom. For example, the Vajra ("diamond") dakini transforms anger into the mirror-like wisdom of open emptiness, while the Ratna ("jewel") dakini transforms pride into the wisdom of equanimity. Through the five dakinis, we learn that the very energies that cause our suffering are, when the struggle is released, our innate wisdom. We discover that wisdom is not something imported û it is uncovered.
The forms, symbols, and accoutrements of each of the five dakinis have profound symbolic power as they represent our own fierce feminine potential. Join Allione, one of the first American women to be ordained a Buddhist nun over 30 years ago, as she guides you into The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine where you can meet the five dakinis and experience their transformative powers. Through 10 rich, image-filled sessions of meditations and visualisations, you will learn to embody each of these archetypes of enlightenment that bring peace and illumination to your life and to our world.
The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine, Audio CD, Tsultrim Allione, Sounds True, 5 CDs / 6.5 hours, $59.95
Tsultrim Allione, M.A. is an author, teacher, and founder of the Tara Mandala retreat center. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1970, Tsultrim studied with H.H. the Dalai Lama, Kalu Rinpoche, Apho Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and other great lamas. She received her master’s degree in Buddhism / Women’s Studies from Antioch, and has taught at Harvard, Rutgers, Columbia, Smith, the Omega Institute, Naropa University, and Esalen. Tsultrim Allione is the author of the bestseller Women of Wisdom.