Three Tantric Buddhist Women's Songs

Kye Ho! Wonderful!
Lotus pollen wakes up in the heart's center --
The bright flower is free from mud,
Where do the color and fragrance come from?
What reason now to accept them or turn away?

Kambala

Who spreads the sound of an echo?
Who paints the image in a mirror?
Where are the spectacles in a dream?
Nowhere at all -- that's the nature of mind!

Tree-Leaf Woman

Kye Ho! Wonderful!
You may say "existence," but you can't grasp it!
You may say "nonexistence," but many things appear!
It is beyond the sky of "existence" and nonexistence" --
I know it but cannot point to it!

Dakini Lion-Face

translated by Miranda Shaw, 8th-11th c., from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women

by Terri Stewart CC (BY-NC)
by Terri Stewart
CC (BY-NC)

"When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
- John Muir

2 comments

  1. Jamie Dedes said on September 27, 2014
    Breathtaking.
    1. Terri said on September 27, 2014
      Thanks, Jamie!

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