Dakini

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Dakini (Skt. ḍākinī; Tib. མཁའ་འགྲོ་མ་, khandroma; Wyl. mkha' 'gro ma) — a female embodiment of enlightened energy.

The Tibetan term ‘Khandro’ (མཁའ་འགྲོ་) literally means ‘sky-goer’, indicating one who traverses the 'sky' of the expanse of wisdom.

The masculine form of the word is ḍāka, which is usually translated into Tibetan as pawo "hero" (Wylie: dpa' bo).[1]

The archetypal ḍākinī in Tibetan Buddhism is Yeshe Tsogyal, consort of Padmasambhava.[1]

The dakini also appears in Japanese Shingon Buddhism.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), entry for dakini


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