DAKINI POWER – Interview and Giveaway
The May edition of Meditate Like a Girl is now posted, and I’m especially excited about this one because it features a podcast of my interview with Michaela Haas, author of the recently released Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. I absolutely love this book, and think there is a very powerful transmission behind it, in addition to wonderful teachings and sharings from an amazing group of women spiritual leaders and teachers. It features profiles and interviews with 12 contemporary women teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, including author/teachers Pema Chodron (When Things Fall Apart, Taking the Leap) , Tsultrim Allione (Women of Wisdom, Feeding Your Demons), Tenzin Palmo (of Cave in the Snow fame) and many others. These women’s teachings and life stories have all been a major inspiration in my own path, and I ‘met’ many more in this book. You do not need to be Buddhist or even interested in Buddhism to appreciate the wisdom shared here (although if you are, this is a goldmine.)
It was such a pleasure interviewing Michaela, and she shares many wonderful stories from her time with these women in the podcast. In addition, if you comment on the interview post, you will be entered to win a copy of this book! So head on over.
This issue also features the next article in my chakra series – an in-depth look at the second chakra, and a corresponding free mp3 guided meditation. Of course if you have been reading here for any length of time you know I am very focused on second chakra work, so I am very happy to share this! There are many other wonderful articles and sharings this month too, including another free teleseminar and meditation, this time with editor Jan Lundy.
As final inspiration, I thought I would share some quotes from the introduction of Dakini Power in which some of the women featured in the book share their thoughts on what a dakini, and dakini power, is:
“A female embodiment of enlightenment is called a dakini in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. But what exactly is a dakini? Dakinis are elusive and playful by nature; trying to nail them down with a neat definition means missing them, since defying narrow intellectual concepts is at the core of their wise game.” - Michaela Haas
“To me the special quality (which of course many men have as well) is first of all a sharpness, a clarity…It cuts through – especially intellectual ossification. It…gets to the point. To me the dakini principle stands for the intuitive force.” – Tenzin Palmo
[the dakini manifests]”…as very sharp, brilliant wisdom mind that is uncompromising, honest, with a little bit of wrath.” - Khandro Rinpoche
“They are the luminous, subtle, spiritual energy, the key, the gatekeeper, the guardian of the unconditioned state. If we are not willing to invite the dakini into our life, then we cannot enter these subtle states of mind. Sometimes the dakinis appear as messengers, sometimes as guides, and sometimes as protectors.” - Tsultrim Allione
So own your own Dakini Power. See you there.