These fascinating discussions between 11th century court ladies and the great master Padmasambhava, available for the first time in English, weave intriguing issues of gender into Buddhist teachings. The women's doubts and hesitations are masterfully resolved in these impassioned exchanges. The wonderful material in this book is part of a terma (treasure) revealed by Pema Lingpa (1450–1521), the greatest terton (treasure-revealer) of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The pithy collection is rounded out by Pema Lingpa's astonishing life story..
“"An amazing and precious gift. . . . A masterpiece on the Dzogchen teachings."—Tulku Thubten Rinpoche "A wonderful job. . . . A true gem of a book."—Professor Steven Goodman "With clarity and fascinating insight, Sarah Harding illuminates the profound teachings of the great mystical treasure-revealer Pema Lingpa."— Tulku Thondup Rinpoche "An important introduction to Buddhism and to the teachings of Guru Padmasambhava. In particular, it includes selections from the treasures revealed by the great Bhutanese master Pema Ungpa. . . . This will be of benefit to anyone interested in the Dharma and those practicing in the Peling tradition. . . . Dialogues with female disciples offer inspiration to women practicing the Dharma today."—The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies”