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Tempa Dukte Lama
Olmo Ling Publications, 2014
Paperback 176pp, $16.95
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In Heart Drop of the Loving Mother, Tempa Dukte Lama opens the door to the practice of embodying the Great Loving Mother, known in Tibetan Bön as Sherab Jamma, the female Buddha of love and wisdom. The Loving Mother is the mother of all. She is the source of our wisdom and wholesome aspiration. She is the ceaseless source of compassion, skillful means, and power. Through these qualities, the Loving Mother nurtures all beings without hindrance. She is clarity without obstacles. She is the awakened nature of all beings. She is love because she wants all beings to be happy. She is compassion because she wants all beings to be free from suffering. She is presence because she is always there, offering us strength, protection, and clarity.
The Heart Drop of the Loving Mother Practice helps us connect with our primordial capacity to love and care unconditionally for one another and for ourselves. If we take some time for this practice every day, it will deeply transform us. The true quality of the Loving Mother is within us from beginningless time, and it will be there forever. Practicing the Loving Mother means that we recognize this quality within ourselves. Based on this recognition we nurture it and finally use it as a skillful means of refuge and protection for the self and others.
The book explains the transmission of the Loving Mother and the three aspects and five main forms of the Loving Mother. Tempa Lama then guides the reader through the different parts of the Heart Drop of the Loving Mother practice. He explains the visualization, the symbolic meaning of the qualities of the Loving Mother, the meaning of the Heart Drop mantra, and the benefits of this practice. The book includes the Heart Drop of the Loving Mother liturgy in Tibetan and English as well as meditation instructions.