You pray to me, the Mother, unceasingly, but it is the expanse of Great Bliss that grants blessings.
— Yeshe Tsogyal

Yeshe Tsogyal.

 

Yeshe Tsogyal was the chief disciple and consort of the Indian master Padmasambhava in 8th century Tibet. A master or guru in her own right, Yeshe Tsogyal preserved Padmasambhava's teachings and taught the path to enlightenment through the example of her own life.

Yeshe Tsogyal, whose name means Victorious Ocean of Wisdom, is said to have lived 211 years. Centuries later, she is still revered as the epitome of all the female buddhas and beloved mother of the Tibetan people. She promised her disciples to send a billion self-emanations of compassion to benefit of beings.

Although the culture of her time no longer exists, she continues to benefit the world through her wisdom. Her autobiography is lauded as a story "as lovely as the music gandharavas play upon their lutes". Not only a literary masterpiece, Tsogyal's story is also an archetypal guide to the path of spiritual awakening through the practices of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism.

Her autobiography, published as Mother of Knowledge by Tarthang Tulku in 1983, was written by Tsogyal in a symbolic dakini script and hidden as a treasure. It was later discovered and transcribed into Tibetan by Taksham Samten Lingpa in the 17th century. A second English translation became available in 2002 as Lady of the Lotus Born, Padmakara Translation Group.

In her non-manifest dharmakaya aspect, Yeshe Tsogyal is Samantabhadri or Prajnaparamita. In her subtle sambhogakaya aspect, she is the great wisdom dakini, Vajra Yogini. In her manifest nirmanakaya aspect, she continually benefits beings in inconceivable ways.

In the pure lands, she is Saraswasti and at the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, she lived as Ganga Devi, custodian of the Mahayana teachings.

In Tibet, she was the noble Lady of Kharchen. Throughout the Himalaya and in the minds of destined ones, she concealed countless treasures or termas to be discovered in the future, even to the present day!

At all times, she abides timelessly in the indestructible form of her rainbow body, pervading all the reaches of space and benefiting beings.

Resources:

Prayer to the Life Story of Yeshe Tsogyal, Jamgon Kongtrul download

Prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal by Khandro Tare Lhamo download

Prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal by Mipham Rinpoche download

Prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal by Karmapa download

Tsogyal's Prayer to Guru Rinpoche As He Left Tibet download

 
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