Yeshe Tsogyal (c. 757 or 777 – 817 CE) attained enlightenment in her lifetime and is considered the Mother of Tibetan Buddhism. When she herself asked about “her inferior female body” (a common theme in the biographies of female spiritual practitioners), her teacher 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.” We examine Yeshe Tsogyal’s story within the stories of our own lives, our own bodies and our own journeys of spiritual seeking.
Speaker: Rev. Catherine (Cat) Boyle (she/her)
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