The role of the dākiṇī in Machig Labdrön’s hagiography “Machig Labdron and the foundations of chod by Jerome Edou”

U​‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍​SE THE BOOK: “Machig Labdron and the foundations of Chod by Jerome Edou”

1. What is the role of the d?ki?? in Machig Labdrön’s hagiography? When do d?ki??s show up and what do they do? To what extent does "The Marvelous Life of Machig Labdrön" portray Machig to be primarily a historical woman who achieved enlightenme​‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍​nt through her own efforts or primarily a d?ki?? who took human form to benefit beings? Choose 3-5 episodes from different periods of her life to analyze in depth, including her early education (127-131) and what happened at the Tree of Serlag and afterwards (133-139). Discuss how her accomplishments are portrayed in gendered terms that might illuminate this questi​‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍​on.

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