A new biography of Yeshé Tsogyal, the mother of Buddhism in Tibet, who is considered an enlightened being by millions throughout the Himalayan region as well as the West and remains a powerful female role model of spiritual accomplishment and perfection.
The many layers of the heroic life of Yeshé Tsogyal, Tibet’s best-known dakini and female master, are revealed in this inspiring work. Translated here for the first time, this terma, or “hidden treasure,” presents an outer narrative of her birth, family, and struggles in a traditional male-dominated society; an inner account of her meetings with the great master Padmasambhava; and a secret chronicle of her retreat at Chimpu and her visionary journey to Oddiyana. This accomplished translation is enriched by the refreshing insights of six contemporary scholars and teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, making this invaluable guide to the life of Yeshé Tsogyal a treasure for practitioners, scholars, and anyone intent on the possibility of awakening.
“If Guru Rinpoche is the sun, then without any doubt, Yeshé Tsogyal is the sun’s rays.” —Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
“This is an inspiring sacred text from the spiritual point of view. . . It shows that, in the beginning, she confronted many challenges in her determination to cultivate bodhicitta, the burning desire to be enlightened for the sake of all living beings.” —Anam Thubten Rinpoche
“In this degenerate age of aggression and fear, the Secret Biography promises us that the Mother of the Victorious Ones is always available with her enduring faith, her quiet courage, and her unfailing compassion.” —Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown