Female Buddhas in the texts

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Female Buddhas in the texts

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Hi everyone,

Which texts feature female Buddhas, or women who attain Buddhahood in their female form?

Your responses would be appreciated.
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More answers about Tara sutras here:

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Ayu wrote: Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:34 am Sutra of Arya Tara

http://www.fpmtabc.org/download/sutra/S ... _fears.pdf

More answers about Tara sutras here:

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The Devadatta chapter of the lotus sutra a female achieves instant and perfect enlightenment.

This underlines the central theme of the sutra which is we all have a latent buddha nature that simply (simply does not imply easy) need be realized.
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You need to dig into Korean zen lineage texts for this information, but Bodhidharma's master was Prajnatara, who was the Ancestral Master ('Patriarch') of the Sarvastivadin tradition, and is now known to have been a woman. The accounts say she was a manifestation of Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva.
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tkp67 wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:22 pm The Devadatta chapter of the lotus sutra a female achieves instant and perfect enlightenment.
After she transforms into a man endowed with the "thirty-two marks." She's still referred to as "her" afterwards, however.
Sentient Light wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:50 pm You need to dig into Korean zen lineage texts for this information, but Bodhidharma's master was Prajnatara, who was the Ancestral Master ('Patriarch') of the Sarvastivadin tradition, and is now known to have been a woman. The accounts say she was a manifestation of Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva.
Interesting.

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tonysharp wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:31 pm
tkp67 wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:22 pm The Devadatta chapter of the lotus sutra a female achieves instant and perfect enlightenment.
After she transforms into a man endowed with the "thirty-two marks." She's still referred to as "her" afterwards, however.
Sentient Light wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:50 pm You need to dig into Korean zen lineage texts for this information, but Bodhidharma's master was Prajnatara, who was the Ancestral Master ('Patriarch') of the Sarvastivadin tradition, and is now known to have been a woman. The accounts say she was a manifestation of Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva.
Interesting.

Thank you both.
I don't think she's a Buddha, but close enough:

https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?tit ... i_Mahadevi

http://read.84000.co/translation/toh193.html
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Motova wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:37 pm
I don't think she's a Buddha, but close enough:

https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?tit ... i_Mahadevi

http://read.84000.co/translation/toh193.html
Thanks for sharing! I've been completely unaware of this text, don't erally see much that takes places IN Sukhavati, so that's cool.

The introduction says this text must have been translated into Tibetan very early on, and this is super interesting to me:
Thus did I hear at one time. The Bhagavān was dwelling in Sukhāvatī together with the great saṅgha of bodhisattvas, amongst them the following bodhisattva mahāsattvas of the excellent eon:3 Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Ārya Avalokiteśvara, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Mahā­sthāma­prāpta, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Sarva­nīvaraṇa­viṣkaṃbhin, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Kṣitigarbha, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Samantabhadra, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Ākāśagarbha, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Vajrapāṇi and Bodhisattva Sarvabhayahara, and similarly Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Sarva­maṅgala­dhārin, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Sarva­puṇya­lakṣaṇa­dhārin, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Candra­sūrya­trailokya­dhārin, Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Sarva­tīrtha­maṅgala­dhārin, and Bodhisattva Mahāsattva Mañjuśrī Kumārabhūta.
Now, I don't know if it's common in Tibetan literature for different emanations of the same being to appear in a text as separate characters, but I'm also thinking this may be a text from before Mahasthamaprapta and Vajrapani were conflated together in Tibetan Buddhism. If I'm blatantly wrong about this, someone can correct me, but I'd like to see the Chinese text to see what's going on there.
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