~Three Tantric Buddhist Women’s Songs

from Women in Praise of the Sacred, edited by Jane Hirshfield.  Pages 51-52, 8th – 11th c. 

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?


Who speaks 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

Blue Lotus Pollen

Blue Lotus Pollen

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