By Sarah Harding
Supplying an extraordinary glimpse of female Buddhist heritage, Niguma, woman of phantasm brings to the vanguard the lifestyles and teachings of a mysterious eleventh-century Kashmiri girl who grew to become the resource of a tremendous Tibetan Buddhist perform lineage. The situations of her lifestyles and impressive characteristics ascribed to her are analyzed within the better context of religious biography and Buddhist doctrine. greater than a old presentation, Niguma's tale increases the query of girls as actual non secular leaders as opposed to male photographs of female precept and different similar modern matters. This quantity comprises the 13 works which were attributed to Niguma within the Tibetan Buddhist canon. those amassed works shape the foundation of an historic lineage Shangpa, which is still actively studied and practiced this present day. those works contain the resource verses for such esoteric practices because the Six Yogas, the nice Seal, and the Chakrasamvara and Hevajra tantric practices which are frequent in Tibetan traditions. additionally integrated is the single extant biography, that's greater via the few different resources of knowledge on her existence and paintings.