Sky Dancer

ISBN 1.55939.065.4

Keith Dowman

Sky Dancer

The Secret Life and Songs of Lady Yeshe Tsogyal

Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 1996.
Paperback, 379 pages

A sacred treasure text beautifully translated

A spiritually erotic story is woven around the mystical life of the Dakini Lady Yeshe Tsogyel, who lived in Tibet during the 8th century. Tsogyel was an enlightened initiate and favorite sangyum (secret consort) of Guru Padmasambhava and spent much of her life as an ascetic, practicing austerities as well as sexual yoga. This inspirational story and sacred treasure text is beautifully translated by Keith Dowman who provides the reader with meticulously researched and detailed endnotes and commentary. The book is notable for its historical references as well as its insight into the ascetic and secret Tantric practices of Dzogchen and other Inner Tantras.

An important book for anyone studying the significance of the Dakini (Skt.) or Khandroma (Tib.); and for those in search of references on Tibetan Tantra.

The following quotation, written by Trinley Norbu Rinpoche in the foreword, appropriately defines the esoteric teachings conveyed through this story of Tsogyel's life:
Those who read the biography of the supreme Tantric master, Padma Sambhava, and his Consort, Yeshe Tsogyel, have the chance to identify with them, and those who cultivate the inner wisdom Dakini, the root Dakini, progress towards becoming the supreme Sky Dancer, incomprehensible feminine wisdom, the lover without motive.

Review: Jane Sperr

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