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"The Dakini Heart Essence" (in Tibetan, Khandro Thuk Thik) is the textual mind treasure of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987). During Rinpoche's life time, the conditions for discovering his prophesied earth treasures did not come about. And it is also said that only a small portion of his mind treasures were actually revealed. One of them is the "The Dakini Heart Essence," a doctrinal cycle of the female buddhas revealed by Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal herself.
In 1928 (Yang Earth Dragon), the great yogin, Trulshik Dorje of Kongpo, was completing a hundred thousand feast offerings when he was told by a visionary dakini to go to Dudjom Rinpoche and implore him to immediately compose a dakini sadhana. His Holiness at first declined but upon Trulshik Rinpoche's insistence, he began to write what he thought would be a short dakini sadhana. Suddenly, the sadhanas of the outer, inner, secret, and innermost dakinis (Yeshe Tsogyal, Kurukullle, Singhamukha, and Throma respectively) arose in the expanse of his wisdom his mind and he wrote them down. What he composed that day is known as "The Root Verses of The Dakini Heart Essence: Treasury of Accomplishments—The Practices of the Profound Path of the Dakinis." In the colophon, His Holiness recounted: On account of a request from the fortunate great being Trulshik Dorje, relying on my perception of the blessings of the Great Orgyen, Knower of the Three Times, whatever thoughts arose were gathered together in the shape of [these] letters by Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.
Trulshik Dorje Rinpoche then requested the empowerment. There was no ritual torma availableat the time, so His Holiness used a pot filled with beer! For the vase empowerment, he touched the pot to Trulshik Rinpoche's body and then he gave him a few drops of beer. For the secret empowerment, Trulshik Rinpoche drank the beer. During the wisdom-knowledge empowerment, he had visionary experiences and for the fourth empowerment, his mind was filled with great bliss!
Afterward, Trulshik Rinpoche went to Yarlung Sheldrak in Tibet to practice the main sadhana. During his retreat, he experienced many blessings and signs of success which he later recounted to Dudjom Rinpoche as evidence of the power of this treasure. We know that much later, Trulshik Dorje Rinpoche passed away in Sikkim during the 1970's.
Over the years, in Kongpo, Lhasa, and Kalimpong, Dudjom Rinpoche wrote more texts which were incorporated into "The Dakini Heart Essence." For example, he wrote sadhanas and other ritual practices for all four dakinis and also an extensive commentary on the phases of generation and completion in connection to the four empowerments.
At that time, several persons unknown to us today, requested His Holiness to write supplementary texts in order to expand on the Root Verses. Tsewang Rigzin Nampar Gyalwayday who was a Lhasa official, became the appointed treasure custodian (ter dag), that is to say, he was His Holiness' sponsor and was also responsible for spreading this treasure. The treasure itself was entrusted to Ekajati.
Today, "The Dakini Heart Essence" is published in Tibetan as volume 16 of "The Collected Works of Dudjom Rinpoche". It has also come to include two texts by Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche. It is 550 pages in length and has been translated into English by Jnanasukha.
We are an international sangha of over 2,000 individuals—leaders, practitioners, donors, volunteers, and supporters—working to transmit the wisdom of The Dudjom Dakini Heart Essence and all the Female Buddhas and to integrate that into an enlightened way of living and benefiting beings.
Our first decade has brought a deep sense of joy and optimism. We translated, transcribed, researched, published, commissioned, hosted programs and retreats, and paid special attention to internet content, streaming, and digital resources. Recently, we launched Free Dharma Online a program which offers video webinars, practice sessions, and content-rich downloads. Over 200 people are benefiting from this initiative on a regular basis. Beginning in 2009, we created unique pilgrimages to the sacred sites of our lineage in Tibet and in 2010, we assumed long-term responsibility for Tsogyal Latso, the birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet, and the fourteen nuns living there.
What else is possible in the second decade?
After ten years of progressive growth, it’s time to drop anchor. Time to see what more can happen! Following a request of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s wisdom mind, as soon as circumstances allow, we would like to establish an urban location for Jnanasukha—a Dakini Palace— a center where we could create the supports for our lineage, host teachers, programs, and regular practices…and have an Internet connection to boot!