Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Buddhism in the West

Dakini Power honors contemporary female Buddhist teachers and practitioners.

Twelve Stories of Wisdom, Compassion, and Courage

Dakini (Sanskrit): Female Messenger of Wisdom

Tibetan Buddhism offers a unique premise: that to be a woman can actually be favorable on the path to spiritual realization. The dakinis are depicted as strong and fiercely independent. The Tibetan word for dakini, khandro, literally means "sky-goer," and hints at the expansiveness of their view. Traditionally, the term dakini can refer to outstanding female practitioners, consorts of great masters, and to denote the enlightened female principle of non-duality which transcends gender. More


The Book

What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, meditate in a remote cave for twelve years and then build a flourishing nunnery in the Himalayas? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of the main international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a famed music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks that she chases these images all the way to Nepal where she finds the love of her life in an unconventional young Tibetan master? Dakini Power is the first book to feature the life stories of the most accomplished female Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the West and was published by Snow Lion, an imprint of Shambhala Publications in April 2013. ... More

The Author

Michaela Haas, PhD, is an international reporter, lecturer, and consultant. She is the author of several award-winning books, including Dakini Power, Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience, Crazy America, and the Ghetto-Swinger. She is the owner of HAAS live!, an international coaching company for media, mindfulness and communication training. With a PhD in Asian Studies, she has taught Buddhist philosophy at the University of California Santa Barbara and other universities and Buddhist centres. Her articles have been published in Mother Jones, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation for more than twenty years. More