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Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism by Judith Simmer-Brown
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The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or "sky-dancer," a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences.

Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have shaped a contemporary critique of Tibetan Buddhism in which the dakini is seen as a psychological "shadow," a feminine savior, or an objectified product of patriarchal fantasy.

According to Judith Simmer-Brown who writes from the point of view of an experienced practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism such interpretations are inadequate.

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