Yeshe Tsogyal was the chief disciple and consort of the Indian master Padmasambhava during the 8th century in central Tibet. A master or guru in her own right, Tsogyal preserved Padmasambhava's teachings and demonstrated the path to enlightenment through the example of her own life.
Yeshe Tsogyal, whose name means Victorious Ocean of Wisdom, is said to have lived 211 years. Centuries later, she is still revered as the epitome of all the female buddhas and beloved mother of the Tibetan people. It is predicted that she will have a billion emanations of compassion for the benefit of all beings.
Although the culture of her time no longer exists, she continues to benefit the world through her wisdom. Her autobiography is lauded as a story "as lovely as the music gandharavas play upon their lutes." Not only a literary masterpiece, Tsogyal's story is also an archetypal guide to the path of spiritual awakening through the practices of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism.
Her autobiography, published as Mother of Knowledge by Tarthung Tulku in 1983, was written by Tsogyal in a symbolic dakini script and hidden as a treasure. It was later discovered and transcribed into Tibetan by Taksham Samten Lingpa in the 17th century. A second English translation became available in 2002 as Lady of the Lotus Born, Padmakara Translation Group.