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Love and LiberationAutobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro$
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Sarah Jacoby

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231147682

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231147682.001.0001

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Love Between Method and Insight

Love Between Method and Insight

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Love and Liberation

Sarah H. Jacoby

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the final moments of Sera Khandro with Drimé Özer, discussing their relationship as the unity between method and insight. The unity of Drimé Özer, as the representation of supreme method, and Sera Khandro, as the representation of insight realizing emptiness—united inseparably in the form of Tantric deities Hayagrīva and Vajravārāhī—embodies the Tantric Buddhist vision of complete Buddhahood. In her final moments with her guru, Sera Khandro describes their unity as yub (male) and yum (female) in an indestructible union, an impersonal modelling of the Tantric principle of gender complementarity. The origin of this gendered two-in-one is derived from Mahayana Buddhist conceptions of bodhisattva training involving a set of perfection.

Keywords:   Sera Khandro, Drimé Özer, Hayagrīva, Vajravārāhī, Tantric deities, gender complementarity, Tantric principle

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