Annotated Thematic Bibliography-women In Tibetan Buddhism

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Annotated Thematic Bibliography-Women in Tibetan Buddhism

Tulku, Tarthang, trans. Mother of Knowledge: The Enlightenment of Ye-shes mTsho-rgyal, by Nam-mkha'i snying-po, ed. Jane Wilhelms. Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1983. Another translation (see Dowman, above) of the sacred biography of the Tibetan yogini Yeshe Tsogyel.

Simkins, C. Alexander, and Simpkins, Annellen. Simple Tibetan Buddhism: A guide to Tantric Living. 2001. Tuttle Publishing, Honk Kong. Page 63 references the role of women in Candamaharosana Tantra traditions.

Dan Martin (2005). "The Woman Illusion? Research into the Lives of Spiritually Accomplished Women Leaders of the 11th and 12th Centuries". In Women in Tibet edited by Janet Gyatso and Hanna Havenevik, London: Hurst & Company.

Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang. Guide to Dakini Land: A Commentary to the Highest Yoga Tantra Practice of Vajrayogini. London: Tharpa, 1991. A guide to the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of the female Buddha Vajrayogini.

Kunsang, Erik Pema. Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal. Boston: Shambhala, 1990. ISBN 0877735468 (189pp.).

Savvas, Carol D. A Study of the Profound Path of gCod: The Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Tradition of Tibet's Great Woman Saint Machig Labdrn. Ph.D. dissertation: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990 (493 pp). A detailed study of the origin and practice of chöd with translations of many essential texts and commentaries.

Willis, Janice D., ed. Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet. Ithaca (NY): Snow Lion Publications, 1989; reprinted 1995.

Kunsang, Erik Pema. The Lotus-Born: the life story of Padmasambhava. Composed by Yeshe Tsogyal. Boston: Shambhala, 1990. ISBN 0877738696 (321pp.).

Law, Bimala Churn. Women in Buddhist Literature. Varanasi: Indological Book House, 1981.Simmer-Brown, Judith. Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principal in Tibetan Buddhism. 2001. Shambhala Publications. Boston. Discusses the role of women in Tibetan Buddhism and compares roles with women in Indian Mahayana traditions.

Dresser, Marianne. Buddhist Women on the Edge: Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier. The role of Tibetan Dakinis and their transformation in America.

Stearns, Cyrus. Luminous Lives: The Story of the Early Masters of the Lam 'bras Tradition in Tibet. 2001. Wisdom Publications. Sommerville, MA. Discusses the role of several female consorts and teachers of the Lamdre tradition, including Ma Gcig Zha-ma.

Dowman, Keith. Sky Dancer: the secret life and songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel. London: Arkana, 1989; originally London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. ISBN 0-140-19205-0 (379pp). A sacred biography of the Tibetan yogini Yeshe Tsogyel, consort of Padmasambhava and regarded in her own right as a great mystic, teacher and lineage-holder.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, ed. Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream. 2000. Routledge Curzon. Contains 26 articles concerning the role of women in Buddhism. Three articles in particular- Bianch, Ester. Tiexiangsi: A Gelugpa Nunnery in Contemporary China. Pp. 130. Van Eds, Yolanda. Birds and Wings: Tibetan Nuns and their Encounters with Knowledge. Pp.201. Gutschow, Kim. Yeshe’s Tibetan Pilgrimage and the Founding of a Himalayan Nunnery. Pp. 212.

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, ed. Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes. Ithaca (NY): Snow Lion Publications, 1995. ISBN 1-55939-047-6 (180 pp). A selection of essays "by practitioners from the Theravada, Japanese Zen, Shingon, Chinese Pure Land, and Tibetan traditions, who share their thoughts on Buddhist philosophy, its practical application in everyday life, and the challenges of practicing Buddhism in the Western world."

Gyatso, Janet and Havnevic, Hanna, Eds. Women in Tibet. 2006. Columbia University Press. Essays discussing the role of women in Tibet during the Empire period (7th to 9th centuries C.E.).

Chögyam, Ngakpa. Rainbow of Liberated Energy: Working with Emotions through the Colour and Element Symbolism of Tibetan Tantra. Forthcoming, Aro Books; formerly Longmead: Element Books, 1986.

Coleman, Rev. Mary Teal (Ven. Tenzin Yeshe). MONASTIC: An Ordained Tibetan Buddhist Speaks on Behalf of Full Ordination for Women (99pp).

Willis, Janice D. Ed. Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet. Snow Lion Publications. 1990. Contains 6 essays on the role of Women in Tibet. They include: Gross, Rita M. Yeshe Tsogyel: Enlightened Consort, Great Teacher, Female Role Model. Gyatso, Janet. Down with the Demoness: Reflections on a Feminine Ground in Tibet. Shaw, Miranda E. An Ecstatic Song by Laksminkara. Willis, Janice D. Dakini; Some Comments on Its Nature and Meaning.

Allione, Tsultrim. Women of Wisdom. London: Arkana, 1984 / New York: Arkana, 1986. ISBN 0-14019-072-4 (282pp). A selection of life stories of great Tibetan women teachers, with a lengthy introduction to the topic of women and the female principle in Tibetan Buddhism.

Kunsang, Erik Pema. Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal. Boston: Shambhala, 1990. ISBN 0877735468 (189pp.).

Beyer, Stephan. The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973. A study of Tibetan beliefs and practices concerning Tara, the Bodhisattva of compassionate activity.

Blofeld, John. Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin. Boulder: Shambhala, 1978. A study of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, in the female forms of Kuan Yin (Chinese) and Tara (Tibetan).

Cabezón, José Ignacio, ed. Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992.

Campbell, June. Traveller in Space: In search of female identity in Tibetan Buddhism.. London: Athlone Press, February 1996. ISBN 0-485-11494-1 (236pp.) Chayat, Roko Sherry, ed.

Chödron, Pema. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living. Boston: Shambhala, 1994. The author is the abbess of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a senior student of the late Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Chödron, Thubten. Open Heart, Clear Mind. Ithaca (NY): Snow Lion Publications, 1990. Thubten Chödron is the seniormost female teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organisation founded by the late Lama Yeshe.

Grimshaw, Anna. Servants of the Buddha: Winter in a Himalayan Convent. London: Open Letters, 1992. A woman from Lancashire visits a Ladakhi Buddhist convent.

Edou, Jérôme. Machig Labdrön and the Foundations of Chöd (244pp). Ithaca (NY): Snow Lion Publications, 1995. A book about the Tibetan Buddhist practice of chöd, founded by the great female mystic Machig Labdrön.