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Niguma

Niguma is considered as one of most important and highly appreciated tantric yogini or Vajrayana Buddhist lady- teachers (dakinis).

There are few certain facts about her life.

She was born 10th century in Kashmir in rich Brahmin family and according to different sources was sister or consort of Naropa.

It's said that her Buddhist realization originates directly from Buddha Vajradhara.

Her main student was Tibetan meditation master Khyungpo Naljor, who traveled to India to receive transmission of her teachings.

Later on he became founder of Shangpa Kagyu lineage.



Biography

The wisdom Dakini Niguma was born in Peme in Kashmir, India during the time of Buddha before the time of Shakyamuni.

At that time her father was the Brahmin Shantasamnaha and her brother was the Great Sage Naropa.

In Niguma's past lives she practiced the path for three immeasurable eons.

In this life she came to realization just by meeting a realized lama and receiving a few teachings.

Her impure illusory body then arose as perfect body.


She dwelt in the three pure states and saw the face of Vajradhara himself.

She received the four complete empowerments from the emanated Mandala of Tantric Mahayana.

She developed omniscient wisdom in the sutras, tantras, oral instructions and teachings.

She saw all phenomena as they are and as they appear.She herself attained Cloud of Dharma, the tenth level of a bodhisattva.

Niguma released even the subtlest veil to the knowable and became in essence the three bodies of enlightenment, indistinguishable from the Buddha.

For her own benefit, she brought to completion abandonment and cultivation.

For the benefit of others, she manifested the two form bodies and will continue to do so until Samsara is completely empty.

Her foremost disciple was the Mahasiddha Khyungpo Naljor, who was born in Tibet and traveled to India to receive the full transmission from her.

In granting him the empowerments, Niguma also confirmed that not only he, but also all his successors and followers would in the future have the good fortune to receive the blessing of Dakinis, encounter enlightened beings, and attain perfect Liberation.


Niguma granted the four complete empowerments to the adept Khyungpo Naljor in the emanated Mandala and transmitted the most profound tantras, intimate advice, and oral and written teachings.

Niguma gave him the essential pith instructions that would enable worthy disciples to attain enlightenment in one lifetime.

She promised Khyungpo Naljor that all disciples and Shangpa lineage holders would go to the Pure Land of the Dakini, because this lineage was special above all others.

Niguma commanded that for seven generations, these ear-whispered teachings should be only passed on in a one to one guru to disciple transmission.

From her lifetime to this present day, she continues to manifest whatever subtle or more material form is necessary to benefit beings over limitless time.

In particular, through her activity and blessings, she gazes with impartial compassion on all the holders of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage.

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Niguma was born in Kashmir, a Muslim country, in a region called the Land of Great Magic.

During the time of the previous Buddha, this land had been covered by water, and a Naga king was in possession of it.

An arhat, who was a disciple of the Buddha of that time, longed to erect a temple there, so he went to ask the naga king for a piece of solid ground.

The naga king promised one, but only as big as the arhat’s body could cover when he was sitting in meditation.

The arhat gratefully accepted what was offered, and when the time came to take possession of the land, he performed a miracle: his sitting body covered the whole of that land.

The naga king kept his promise, and the whole new land was offered to the arhat, whose name was Nyimay Gung.


With his miraculous power, the arhat made all the water disappear, and a magnificent temple and monastery were soon built there.

People in the surrounding regions began to take notice of this new landscape and, especially, its most beautiful temple.

They wanted to live there and discussed how to go about it.

They finally decided to invite a great magician who could create a city all round the temple.

Once he had done this and before he could undo his magical creation (as magicians are wont to do), the people destroyed him.

So the settlement continued there, and the district acquired the reputation of a land of great magnificence and great magic.


This special place later became the birthplace of many mahasiddhas, among them Naropa.

And here too was born the great female Bodhisattva Niguma, who by auspicious coincidence happened to be born as the sister of Naropa, in a virtuous, noble family.

In former lives she had generated the enlightened mind and followed the path of the Bodhisattvas.

She now chose voluntary birth as a woman who would benefit and liberate others.


During three previous incalculable eons of time, she actualized her training on the spiritual path.

In the continuity of that path, during this lifetime she received a little instruction from a few accomplished spiritual masters and, based on their teaching, directly saw the truth of the nature of reality.

Her illusory body of obscuring emotions appeared as a pure body of enlightenment.


Niguma received the ultimate teachings directly from Vajradhara, the primordial Buddha, in the form of personal initiation into all levels of the teachingsSutra, Abhidharma, and Tantra.

As a result, she manifested as a tenth stage Bodhisattva; this means that even the subtlest obscurations were dispelled, so that her mind became one with the mind of the Buddha, attaining the Three Bodies of perfect Enlightenment.

From her lifetime to this present day, she continues to manifest whatever subtle or more material form is necessary to benefit beings over limitless time.

In Particular, she watches over those who preserve her lineage with a compassion that knows no distance; she blesses them and ensures the success of their enlightened activity.

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Niguma far exceeded the stage of awakening of all but a very few before or after her in that she received a large corpus of instruction directly from Buddha Vajradhara.

In a Supplement to the History of the Lineages, Taranata relates that she gained realization after just one week of meditation:


The account of the wisdom dakini Niguma as the sister of Naropa and so on is well known everywhere. It should be added that she received a few instructions from the master Lavapa of the East.

After meditating with the master for one week, she became a wisdom dakini, who exhibited a rainbowlike physical form and attained spiritual realization that reached awakening’s eighth stage.

It is said that Lavapa of the East’s body dissolved into light, leaving only a palm-sized portion of the crown of his head behind.

He was also known as Lavapa the Younger.


She is called Nigu, Nigupta in Sanskrit, said to mean ìndefinite secretî or definitely hidden, although her name is really from the dakinis symbolic language.


Her foremost disciple was the Mahasiddha Khyungpo Naljor, who was born in Tibet and traveled to India to receive the full transmission from her.

In granting him the empowerments, Niguma also confirmed that not only he, but also all his successors and followers would in the future have the good fortune to receive the blessing of Dakinis, encounter enlightened beings, and attain perfect Liberation.


Niguma granted the four complete empowerments to the adept Khyungpo Naljor in the emanated Mandala and transmitted the most profound tantras, intimate advice, and oral and written teachings.

Niguma gave him the essential pith instructions that would enable worthy disciples to attain enlightenment in one lifetime.

She promised Khyungpo Naljor that all disciples and Shangpa lineage holders would go to the Pure Land of the Dakini, because this lineage was special above all others.


Niguma commanded that for seven generations, these ear-whispered teachings should be only passed on in a one to one guru to disciple transmission.

From her lifetime to this present day, she continues to manifest whatever subtle or more material form is necessary to benefit beings over limitless time.

In particular, through her activity and blessings, she gazes with impartial compassion on all the holders of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage.


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Source

Wikipedia:Niguma

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