Ultimate ‘ecstatic union’: the meaning and role of ‘erotic bliss’ in tantra and Kālacakra

“Erotic love, enjoyed by the ignorant, becomes bondage. That very same love, tasted with understanding, brings liberation.”  —Āryadeva “Erotic bliss is the totality.” —Hevajra Tantra ‘”Buddha taught in countless different ways so that all beings with countless different faculties can find bliss. Anyway, wherever they go, all sentient beings from insects to wise men appear… Continue reading Ultimate ‘ecstatic union’: the meaning and role of ‘erotic bliss’ in tantra and Kālacakra

Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

On this full moon day, and to coincide with the re-naming of my website to ‘Dakini Translations and Publications’ (with its wider remit and focus on the ‘female principle’), this short new article is an attempt to clarify (in simple laywoman’s and unscholarly terms) some of the issues surrounding monasticism, sex, women, consorts in Vajrayana… Continue reading Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

Supporting Female Scholars and Translators

As a female translator-practitioner-scholar, people sometimes ask me who I would recommend to read in terms of the best and/or original scholarly research, translation and writing on gender, the feminine principle, karmamudra, Tantra and female figures in Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist culture. Here is my suggested introductory reading list (in alphabetical order). I have… Continue reading Supporting Female Scholars and Translators