Dakini As Inspiration

“What we understand to be phenomena
Are but the magical projections of the mind.
The hollow vastness of the sky
I never saw to be afraid of anything.
All this is but the self-glowing light of clarity.
There is no other cause at all.
All that happens is but my adornment.
Better, then, to stay in silent meditation.”

~ Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal

“The inner dimension (nang) refers to the dynamic qualities of phenomenal experience. From the inner point of view, there is no real separation between perceiver and perceived or between subject and object. Instead, the perceptual and experiential world is understood as an energetic field that is ultimately empty of inherent existence, characterized by limitless space. Within that space, phenomena arise interdependently and fleetingly as the play of color and texture, which is experienced in a variety of ways. Perceptually, emotionally, and conceptually noumena and phenomena are simultaneously experienced in a display of intensity, or coemergence. The landscape of the inner dimension is related to communication, interchange, and the movement of energy that undergirds the conventional occurrences that we ordinarily perceive. For the dakini, the inner is expressed through visionary experience.”

~ Judith Simmer-Brown, “Dakini’s Warm Breath”

“In one flash, she communicates that the world of duality is a perfect and only means of expression of that which is beyond duality. How she is seen depends upon the sacred outlook (dak-nang) of the practitioner.”

~ Judith Simmer-Brown, “Dakini’s Warm Breath”

“Simultaneously the dakini is more intimate than the tongue or the eyeballs and yet is feared as the “other,” the unknown. Like the nature of mind in the Mahamudra tradition, she is too close to be recognized, too profound to fathom, too easy to believe, and too excellent to accommodate.”

~ Judith Simmer-Brown, “Dakini’s Warm Breath”