The Feminine Principle in Vajrayana Buddhism

Lopön Chandra Easton Lopön Chandra Easton · February 24, 2021

In “The Feminine Principle in Vajrayana Buddhism“ Lopön Chandra Eston teaches about women in Buddhism. Since the time of the Buddha, women have been walking the path, committed to waking up. While their voices have not always been placed front and center, an unbroken thread – the sacred feminine – has woven itself into all corners of the Dharma since the first Buddhist nun, Maha Pajapati, firmly requested ordination from the Buddha.

In the Mahayana era, around the first century CE, Prajnaparamita burst onto the scene as the first ever feminine philosophical principle within Buddhism. Prajnaparamita in essence, is the direct, unmediated experience of the true nature of reality. She is the womb of totality, the mother of the Buddhas, the genetrix of the awakened state. These teachings reached their full flowering in the Vajrayana era (circa. 7-12 th centuries CE) through a multitude of expressions, from female Buddhas such as Arya Tara, to Yoginis, Dakinis, and women as spiritual teachers.

 English with German translation

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Lopön Chandra Easton

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton is the assistant spiritual director and lead teacher (Dorje Lopön) for Tara Mandala Retreat Center, founded by Lama Tsultrim Allione. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga since 2001 and co-translated Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection. While her training is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana) and Dzogchen (Great Perfection) in particular, her primary interest is in finding ways to make these traditional teachings relevant and accessible for our modern experience. She is also committed to elevating the voice of the feminine within Buddhism through sharing stories, teachings, experiences, poetry of women who walked the path so that we may learn through seeing through women’s eyes. She teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad, and lives in Berkeley, CA.

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