Teaching Archives: Written Teachings

One Ground, Two Paths, Two Results

by Lama Tsultrim Allione Recent events have reminded me of a Dzog Chen teaching which begins: ‘one ground, two paths, two results’.(1) The ‘one ground’ is also called the base or the womb of the great mother. It is pure latency, depth radiance, an expanse of emptiness and infinite potency from which the whole universe … More

Poem from Retreat

Aspiration Prayer Dakini Day, March 9, 2002 On Coming Out of One Year Retreat by Tsultrim Allione HUM HRI: The primordially pure one who gives birth to phenomena, Yet she has no intention Free of form, yet encompassing all, May the sacred bond with the Great Mother be fulfilled. The inner glow burst forth and … More

Prajñaparamita, Sophia and the Feminine Principle

by Lama Tsultrim Allione In exploring the Chöd lineage of the eleventh century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön, I found her teachings to be rooted in Prajñaparamita teachings from India. In studying Prajñaparamita, I discovered links to Sophia. My worlds suddenly came together when I found these two profound representatives of the divine feminine connecting East and West. Edward … More

Women, Buddhism and the Absolute and Relative Truth

  by Lama Tsultrim Allione When I think about women and Buddhism, the first thing that always comes to mind is the story of Tara’s vow. This story expresses our situation so very clearly and applies equally well to both ancient and modern times. It is a story that originated when Mahayana was integrating with … More