Dakini Power in Germany
Dakini Power: Zwölf außergewöhnliche Frauen, die den heutigen Buddhismus prägen has just been published in Germany on October 1st, 2013, with the wonderful publishing house O.W. Barth.
Read the first book reviews and watch Michaela Haas` book launch presentations here!
New York, New Orleans, and Chicago were a blast!
Beyond the Book
Exclusive Bonus - Read an interview with Ven. Robina Courtin about her life, her work, and her practice of "radically working with one´s own mind"!
Right now, Dakini Power is a book about 12 women, but it really is only the beginning in our vision to create a platform and network for female Buddhist teachers and practitioners (and men!) to communicate, exchange and share inspiration and challenges across sanghas and traditions.
Many of you have shared your stories of inspiration in the blog – thank you! – and if you haven’t yet, please do so. We are aspiring to include more interviews and profiles of wonderful teachers, and it is part of the great joy of having published this book to discover new role models.
For a limited time only we are offering an exclusive interview with the wonderful Australian teacher Ven. Robina Courtin! Read the full interview for free after you sign up for our mailing list here.
Wear Your Dakini Power
At first we only made a few hats and tees for our friends, but now everybody wants them, so we made more. Proceeds will be used to sponsor the education of girls and women in Asia.
Get your Dakini Power to go here!
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Book Discussion at Insight LA
With Lisa Napoli (KCRW, Radio Shangri-La)
Thank you, Lisa Napoli and Michael Krass, for a wonderful book discussion at Insight LA in Santa Monica. I have always loved Lisa Napoli`s radio program and being interviewed by her is a true honor. We had great questions, a full house and an enthusiastic audience at an outstanding Dharma Center. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Sponsor a Girl And Change The World
Buddhists all over the world celebrate Buddha's birth and awakening this month as the most sacred and auspicious time in the Buddhist calendar. Happy Saga Dawa!
Dakini Power celebrates by sponsoring a girl to continue her university education for an entire year to become a nurse, a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher. All our t-shirt sales and proceeds until June 16th 2013 will be donated 100% to this purpose. Find out more here!
Giveaway: We Have Two Lucky Winners!
Congratulations, Mary and Danie!
The book and website are dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and life stories of the women featured in this book and many more. Why stop with these twelve? In the comment section in the Blog here, please share your story of how female practitioners have inspired you.
Thank you to all who shared their inspiring stories, and to Mary and Danie, who won a Dakini Power hat and tee in our Giveaway on Dakini Day, June 3rd. Please continue to share and discuss!
A Female Dalai Lama?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave several outstanding talks in Portland, OR, during his recent visit. He got a lot of laughs and applause when he said at the University of Portland: "Biologically women care more, so its not wrong to say, men create the problems." He also connected deeply with Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim, an indigenous elder, who said at the same event: "It is always us women who have an umbilical cord attached to the earth, because we are the givers of life."
Several of the teachers featured in Dakini Power attended as well: Dagmola Sakya, Venerable Thubten Chodron, and Sangye Khandro.
We had a wonderful book talk at Powell´s Books. What a great crowd! About 50 people attended, asked fabulous questions, and the book sold out. Portland rocks!
Dakini Power Launched!
Lama Tsultrim Allione, bestselling author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons, joined us for the book launch party at Diesel Bookstore Malibu and spoke very movingly about the dakini principle, her own life, and women on the path:
"The dakini is not far away. We all have that potential. When you want to accomplish something, you always invoke the presence of the dakinis. With this book, Michaela has invoked this presence. Making this book and calling it Dakini Power is really invoking that enlightened activity in all of us. Having this book out there with this name has a power. I feel like this book is a really important book.
It is so inspiring to hear the stories of these women, how each one of them has met the challenge and gone beyond of what she thought she could do. They all embody and express this courage, in a very unassuming way.
The main message or point of the book is, yes, there are these women, and they have these qualities, but so do you. We all have the dakini within us. Find her and play with her, and feel all the levels of her in us and in the world. We need her. We need the dakini energy, for us to survive, for the earth to survive. Why do we need it? Because we have become so materialistic, so caught in speed. Faster, faster, faster.
The dakini is all about the play. It’s not ordinary play. It’s the play that pulls the rug out from under you. That moment when you’re there with no ground is such an opportunity, and that’s the dakini." Lama Tsultrim Allione
We had a full house, wonderful guests, and perfect hosts. Thank you, Diesel Malibu!
Listen to Lama Tsultrim Allione's speech at the Dakini Power book launch in Malibu in this video by the wonderful documentary filmmaker Sue May from Simplexity Mediaworks
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa's support for Buddhist women
"The path to enlightenment which the Buddha taught was for all sentient beings, for women as well as men.
In the past there were many great women practitioners, such as Mahaprajabati Gautami, who was both Shakyamuni Buddha's adoptive mother and the first woman to be ordained into the sangha he established. Buddhist texts also refer to female Arhats. Equal practice opportunities were given to both men and women, and the four pillars of the house of Buddhism include ordained nuns and lay women.
I am heartened to read the accounts in this book of the achievements of women teachers from different schools of Buddhism. It is a celebration of the contribution which female practitioners have made throughout history, and which they are continuing to make.
Unfortunately, influenced by the views and customs of the time, too many societies have put too much emphasis on the difference between men and women, and this has led to discrimination against and unequal treatment of women in many religions, including Buddhism.
My heartfelt prayer is that women such as these are the trailblazers, their efforts will lead to a fresh recognition of the unique insights and qualities of female spirituality , and wider acknowledgement of women practitioners and teachers."
Read the original foreword for Dakini Power by HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa meets with nuns from 32 countries after the Sakyadhita conference 2013: