The Tibetan Buddhist tradition includes exotic tales about fearless female "sky dancers" or "wisdom dakinis" who dance in limitless space and act as messengers, guides, and protectors. These five dakinis manifest the feminine wisdom energy, bringing strength, power, and transformation to our lives. In The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine, Tsultrim Allione (one of the first women to be ordained a Buddhist nun over 30 years ago) guides listeners through 12 rich sessions of meditations and visualizations to learn how to embody these archetypes of enlightenment and experience their transformative powers.
©2004 Tsultrim Allione; (P)2004 Sounds True
this couldn't have come at a better time for me. I found the practice to be almost instantly beneficial. Its so positive to have an emphasis on spiritual practice that is not guided by a male perspective, but is still respectful of those qualities. I would urge all women to take some time to work through this worthwhile practice.
I believe that this book is an absolute must-- a treasure box-- for any spiritually inclined woman, much less any practicing Buddhist of any gender--- or anyone wanting to know what it is to practice (Tibetan) Buddhism. or even anyone who wants to hear an absolutely engrossing story!
what empowerment this teaching is! what wisdom so generously passed to us as if it were a simple fairy tale-- that tale that is the one you may have sought since childhood...finally the fairy tale... that is true.
In full disclosure, I became friends with Lama Tsultrim in the 70's long before she was widely recognized .. in the West, anyway. (we've only been in touch a few times over the years, but I'll see her soon in Colorado at her Dharma center... I hope!) I realize now that the Tibetans were "on to her," long before we were. But I can tell you what the epiphany of her greatness still is in my memory's eye: Tsultrim was the ONLY woman, that the great 20th century Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, ever bowed to... every time they passed, he bowed... again and again. Tsultrim was simply polite & frienly in return and maybe a little amused... I don't know that because never spoke with her about it... but I did know immediately, after having worked for Allen for almost a decade, that when he bowed to this woman, this woman was someone very very special. He was right about that.
Get this book, it is in her voice, a treat upon a treat.. what a gift and how essential esp. to women everywhere.
Powerful, Brilliant and Assessable.
Simone Lazzeri Ellis (Denchen Lhamo)
I found this audio lecture informative, transformative and enchanting. Highly recommended for its integrety of content which communicated directly to my heart. I treasure the words spoken here. :)
Had I known this was going to be a book of basic Hindu chanting I would NEVER have purchased it. The title is extremely misleading. I was looking for information not about Mandalas not goddesses and or how to chant. SOME interesting information may be able to be found in the book so far I have found none so I can't even listen anymore but the author is the reader, her monotone non emotional reading is nothing short or annoying. If the book had been read by another it may have some redeeming quality but I can't get through a book that is read so slow and with so many repeated phrases if I could silence the person and find out if there is anything redeeming about it, I may continue to listen but not having the words on this is annoying.
WHY CANT AUDIBLE BOOKS HAVE THE CHOICE TO READ ALONG OR JUST LISTEN??? This way rather than continue to listen we could scan the chapters and decide if anything may be worth listening to.
Some people had good things to say about the book. So either they were expecting what is in it or they find it helpful. I find it not worthy of my time and especially my money. All I wanted to do was turn it off. I am close to deleting it all together. But will wait and see if I need to understand any of the information the book MAY have, that I need for school if not if will be deleted from my library. I choose to turn it off and feel my money was entirely wasted. at this point.
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