July 3, 2009

Lama Tsultrim Allione: The Feminine Principle.

I’m not quite sure why this video has been entitled: The Divine Feminine on youtube, given the non-theistic nature of Buddhism…but it sounds nice.

I am sure that Lama Tsultrim Allione is, with Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown, a foremost authority on the subject of popping the patriarchal hangover that, too often, has characterized the otherwise enlightened Buddhist view of society and human nature. Best of all, her understanding comes from both personal and scholarly levels—it’s less about aggression or concept than it is about clear-seeing and compassion.

Is “the Feminine Principle” different than Feminism? Yup. How? Video:

For more, click here for a talk on the “Mother Principle” by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who taught first and often on this Buddhist subject in the West.

Or, check out our friend Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown’s book, Dakini’s Warm Breath.

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ARCreated Aug 22, 2010 11:25am

This is where I have been struggling the idea that women are strong and important etc but that it doesn't mean we don't connect with men or that we don't need them or that we need to be more manly ….I am learning that my rabid feminism has actually kept me from my feminine power. It says to me that we need to be true to our nature, that being feminine balances the masculine. This doesn't mean that we should be "barefoot, pregnant and silent". Just that we can be career minded without giving up who we are. Yes women should be paid equal for the same work, and own property and vote and all those things that feminism have fought for…But at the same time as women we can honor the uniqueness that is woman. It has and always will come down to me that people are not defined by gender — that we can all do things regardless of gender (yes men can cook and women can fix cars) but if we celebrate our gender differences and we can then cultivate qualitites in both genders of the yin and yang. Non-dualism to me means we find the balance and cultivate both sides. I loved this 🙂

Laura Marjorie Miller Aug 22, 2010 11:49am

She is so gracious, in all that she does and teaches.

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