|Pema Khandro with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo at the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference. |
Photo by Olivier Adam.
Becoming Vajrayogini: Buddhist Identity & Self Esteem Without Self
As Buddhism has crossed borders in the global context, contemporary Buddhist women have drawn heavily on positive female iconography from Tibet: becoming Vajrayogini, praying at the feet of White Tara or echoing the aspiration of Yeshe Tsogyal or other female heroines. What is the philosophical basis of this adaptation if any? While the availability of such positive iconography should not be mistaken as representative of female equality in Buddhist history, does it express a positive potential for how Buddhist philosophies can arise in the lives of western women today?