Mystical Experience of Yeshe Tsogyel

Yeshe Tsogyal (757 – 817) is well known among Tibetan Buddhists for her lofty spiritual attainments, and she widely regarded to be the mother of Tibetan Buddhism.  During her life, Yeshe Tsogyal travelled extensively, performing advanced spiritual practices in the caves and monasteries of Tibet and Nepal.  Over the centuries, the historical Yeshe Tsogyal has assumed the status of a deity to many Buddhists – “The Queen of Bliss.”  Both the Nyingma and Karma Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism recognize Yeshe Tsogyal as a female Buddha.

In the following poem from an eighth-century manuscript, Yeshe Tsogyal, after telling of her “ordinary” spiritual accomplishments, describes her “supreme attainment” [mystical enlightenment]:

“Then to tell of my supreme attainment.
I possess the threefold concentration.
The wisdom mind, Samantabhadri’s [primordial Mother Buddha’s] vastness,
Is not hid from me.
And Ultimate Reality is but my jewel and plaything.
I do not hope for Liberation
And of the pains of Hell I have no fear.
Far from the nihilism of nonbelievers,
Such is the calm assurance of profound Dharmata [intrinsic nature of mind]!
The Great Perfection [Nirvana], which no action can accomplish,
Is indeed the fruit I have won,
The all-pervading presence of the Atiyoga [primordial, true state].

Wherever space pervades, my wisdom mind is present.
My compassion now outshines the sun.”

Quoted by Robert Ullman et al. in Mystics, Masters, Saints, and Sages: Stories of Enlightenment.

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