The Treasure of an Enlightened Woman


Wherever there is space, five elements pervade,
Wherever the five elements, the homes of living beings,
Wherever living beings, karma and defilements,
Wherever is defilement, my compassion also.
Wherever is the need of beings, there I am to help them.

This beautiful and inspiring verse is attributed to Yeshe Sogyal. When you research her life you will find fascinating stories and discussion. She is described as a terma or “hidden treasure,” an enlightened woman, an emanation of Vajrayogini and the consort of Padmasambhava.
Padmasambhava advised Yeshe Tsogyal that far from being a hindrance to enlightenment, as was generally accepted, a woman’s body is an asset: “The basis for realizing enlightenment is a human body. Male or female, there is no great difference. But if she develops the mind bent on enlightenment the woman’s body is better” (quoted by Stevens, 1990, p. 71). 
A very nice discussion of her life can be found at
We are thankful for the verse above, received through Dokini from Just Dharma Quotes.

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