By Hildegard Diemberger,Marilyn Strathern
In the 15th century, the princess Chokyi Dronma used to be instructed through the prime non secular masters of her time that she was once the embodiment of the traditional Indian tantric deity Vajravarahi, recognized in Tibetan as Dorje Phagmo, the Thunderbolt woman Pig. After discomfort an outstanding own tragedy, Chokyi Dronma renounced her royal prestige to turn into a nun, and, in flip, the tantric consort of 3 striking non secular masters of her period. After her loss of life, Chokyi Dronma's masters and disciples well-known a tender lady as her reincarnation, the 1st in an extended, strong, and influential lady lineage. this present day, the 12th Samding Dorje Phagmo leads the Samding monastery and is a excessive govt cadre within the Tibet self sustaining Region.
Hildegard Diemberger builds her booklet round the translation of the 1st biography of Chokyi Dronma recorded by means of her disciples within the wake of her loss of life. The account finds a rare phenomenon: even though it were believed that ladies in Tibet weren't allowed to procure complete ordination similar to clergymen, Chokyi Dronma not just persuaded one of many optimum non secular academics of her period to offer her complete ordination but additionally demonstrated orders for different girls practitioners and have become so respected that she used to be formally famous as one in every of crucial non secular heirs to her major master.
Diemberger deals a few theoretical arguments concerning the value of reincarnation in Tibetan society and faith, the position of biographies in developing a lineage, the need for spiritual academics to navigate complicated networks of political and monetary patronage, the cultural and social innovation associated with the revival of historical Buddhist civilizations, and the function of girls in Buddhism. 4 introductory, stage-setting chapters precede the biography, and 4 concluding chapters speak about the institution of the reincarnation lineage and the position of the present incarnation below the above all contradictory communist system.
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When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet by Hildegard Diemberger,Marilyn Strathern