Download When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje by Hildegard Diemberger, Marilyn Strathern PDF

By Hildegard Diemberger, Marilyn Strathern

Within the 15th century, the princess Chokyi Dronma used to be instructed by means of the best non secular masters of her time that she used to be the embodiment of the traditional Indian tantric deity Vajravarahi, identified in Tibetan as Dorje Phagmo, the Thunderbolt girl Pig. After anguish an excellent own tragedy, Chokyi Dronma renounced her royal prestige to turn into a nun, and, in flip, the tantric consort of 3 striking spiritual masters of her period. After her dying, Chokyi Dronma's masters and disciples famous a tender lady as her reincarnation, the 1st in a protracted, robust, and influential lady lineage. at the present time, the 12th Samding Dorje Phagmo leads the Samding monastery and is a excessive executive cadre within the Tibet self sufficient Region.

Hildegard Diemberger builds her e-book round the translation of the 1st biography of Chokyi Dronma recorded through her disciples within the wake of her demise. The account finds a rare phenomenon: even though it have been believed that girls in Tibet weren't allowed to acquire complete ordination corresponding to priests, Chokyi Dronma not just persuaded one of many optimum religious academics of her period to provide her complete ordination but in addition demonstrated orders for different ladies practitioners and have become so respected that she used to be formally famous as one in all critical non secular heirs to her major master.

Diemberger deals a few theoretical arguments concerning the value of reincarnation in Tibetan society and faith, the function of biographies in constructing a lineage, the need for non secular academics to navigate advanced networks of political and monetary patronage, the cultural and social innovation associated with the revival of historic Buddhist civilizations, and the position of girls in Buddhism. 4 introductory, stage-setting chapters precede the biography, and 4 concluding chapters speak about the institution of the reincarnation lineage and the function of the present incarnation below the particularly contradictory communist process.

Show description

Read Online or Download When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet PDF

Best eastern books

A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Compassion is the tenet of the bodhisattvas, those that vow to achieve enlightenment with the intention to free up all sentient beings from the agony and confusion of imperfect life. To this finish, they need to resign all self-centered pursuits and look at in simple terms the overall healthiness of others. The bodhisattvas' enemies are the ego, ardour, and hatred; their guns are generosity, persistence, perseverance, and knowledge.

The Buddha's way of happiness : healing sorrow, transforming negative emotion & finding well-being in the present moment

Realize the secrets and techniques to Happiness and Well-BeingThe pleasure you are feeling after listening to excellent news or attaining a aim is fleeting, yet precise happiness-that is, the nice and cozy feeling of deep contentment and joy-is lasting, and it may be yours in each second. The Buddha's manner of Happiness is a advisor to placing apart your anxieties in regards to the destiny, regrets concerning the prior, and incessant longing to alter your existence for the higher, and awakening to the enjoyment of dwelling.

Who Am I?

State-of-the-art scholars are formed by means of critiques -- reviews from their associates, media, track, kin, and God. With such a lot of viewpoints, it really is great to understand there are absolutes during this international. a part of the Poetry of the Soul sequence, Who Am I? addresses the adolescence while scholars are asking, "Why am I the following?

Locating Exiled Writers in Contemporary Russian Literature: Exiles at Home

This leading edge learn examines the paintings of exiles from the Soviet Union who again to a reformed post-Soviet Russia to start up narrative techniques of self-definition orientated towards a readership and state looking self-identity, all at a time of social, political and cultural transition inside of Russia itself.

Additional resources for When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet

Example text

Although largely based on textual sources, my work is informed by a particular attention to social practices that relate to the texts. I therefore looked at what the Dorje Phagmo means for contemporary Tibetans and for Tibetan women in particular. Janet Gyatso and Hanna Havnevik have pointed out how both the Dorje Phagmo deity and famous religious women of the past such as Khandro Yeshe Tshogyal, Man. dāravā, . and Machig Labdron have had a significant impact on the lives of a number of Tibetan women by acting as powerful exemplars: “To have authorizing referents for women is extremely important in the context of Tibet’s entrenched system of tulku (reincarnation) recognition, and outstanding women, both inside Tibet and in exile, still have recourse to these and other figures in crafting their identity and position” (Gyatso and Havnevik 2005:22).

Lamb 2002:183–185) His description of her long hair recalls the passage in the biography that describes how it was decided that in contrast to the female monastic tradition, she should keep her hair long in the manner practiced by yoginīs. The distinctive monastic robe symbolizes the princess’s full ordination, recalling her unique spiritual attainment and displaying a status that seems to have been normally reserved only for men. Similarly, the prescribed ritual sleeping postures of Chokyi Dronma’s later reincarnations (Dhondup and Tashi Tsering 1979:11–17) evoke a number of passages that describe her nocturnal meditation practice.

From the start of the monastery restoration, he has painstakingly pieced together salvaged manuscripts, ritual items, statues, relics, people, and memories. He even designed a set of mural paintings representing the various Dorje Phagmo reincarnations, based on his own recollections and a few ancient murals that had survived. 1 Nyemo Chekar monastery as it appeared in 1996. Jana Diemberger been his source of inspiration. Thubten Namgyal told us that the sixteenthcentury Bodongpa monastery survived the Cultural Revolution because it had been transformed into a granary, so the mural paintings had been protected from major damage.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 14 votes