Milking the Sky: Songs of Realization by Female Indian Mahasiddhas - Nalandabodhi International

Milking the Sky: Songs of Realization by Female Indian Mahasiddhas



Every Tibetan Buddhist knows the life story and the songs of realization of the great Tibetan yogī Milarepa. The many songs of awakening by his Indian predecessors, the most famous among them the eighty-four mahāsiddhas, are much less known but equally profound, beautiful, and inspiring.

Even less known are the songs and life-stories of their numerous female counterparts.

Join in person or via webcast on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm and Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 am – Noon, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl at Nalanda West in Seattle. 

Most of these songs were uttered spontaneously on the spot, and many betray quite unconventional if not outrageous thinking and conduct. They often use a rich symbolism with profound metaphors, and their style sometimes sounds more like modern poetry or song lyrics than traditional Buddhist texts, creating a certain atmosphere or being evocative rather than systematically didactive. Many of them use a rhetoric of paradox, attempting to beat the dualistic mind with its own weapons and point to something beyond our usual black-and-white thinking. It is a scent of boundless freedom, openness, and bliss, paired with a deep caring for suffering beings, that wafts through these songs as expressions of supreme awakening.

During this weekend, we will explore the life stories of a number of female mahāsiddhas and yoginīs (such as Niguma, Sukhasiddhi, the crazy princess Lakṣmī, and Ḍombiyoginī), as well as their relationships to their male counterparts, and sing a selection of their songs.

 

Explore More Posts

Contemplative Arts

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Awakening 24/7

In May 2013, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche was winding up his tour of the Northeastern US. In these closing remarks Rinpoche reminds us that our chance for awakening is always right here and now. Enjoy the video!

Read More >

His Holiness Karmapa Speaks at Harvard [Video]

“A lack of love can cause people to have no help when they need help, no friends when they need a friend. So, in a sense, the most dangerous thing in the world is apathy. We think of weapons, violence, warfare, disease as terrible dangers and indeed they are, but we can take measures to avoid them. But once our apathy takes hold of us, we can no longer avoid it.” – HH the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Read More >
Announcements

HH Karmapa Video Stanford University

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, spoke at Stanford University’s Memorial Auditorium on March 17, 2015 on “Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology and the Environment.” We hope you enjoy this video of the dialogue in its entirety!

Read More >