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How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator
     

How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator

by Thubten Chodron
 
The beloved deity Tara is the feminine embodiment of enlightenment. For centuries practitioners have turned to her for protection from both external and internal dangers, from fire to arrogance. This well-written book presented in conversational style is an authoritative guide to the practice of Tara. It includes very helpful chapters on the whys and hows of various

Overview

The beloved deity Tara is the feminine embodiment of enlightenment. For centuries practitioners have turned to her for protection from both external and internal dangers, from fire to arrogance. This well-written book presented in conversational style is an authoritative guide to the practice of Tara. It includes very helpful chapters on the whys and hows of various Tara practices as well as a commentary on the "Homage to the Twenty-one Taras."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron was a student of my guru Lama Thubten Yeshe and has been a fully ordained nun for many years. For thirty years her mind and life have been fully immersed in the Dharma like a diamond indestructible; essenceless worldly things cannot affect her mind. She is a dynamic teacher who has taught extensively all over the world, inspiring many people, awakening them like the shining sun, and leading them to the path, bringing them the happiness of not only many future lives but also the everlasting ultimate happinesses of liberation and full enlightenment." —Lama Zopa Rinpoche

"With her usual clarity, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron skillfully weaves the practice and theory of Arya Tara together with the Lam-rim path to provide a fascinating and very helpful guide for those interested in the Tara practice." —Ani Tenzin Palmo

"Ven. Thubten Chodron has the extraordinary ability to present even the most profound spiritual teachings simply and directly in ways that impact our everyday lives. With her characteristic warmth, humor, and intelligence, she invites us here to enter the world of Tara, one of the most beloved members of the Buddhist pantheon, and to share in the wisdom and compassion of the Divine Mother." —Jonathan Landaw, author of Prince Siddhartha, Images of Enlightenment, and Buddhism for Dummies

"Many delights . . . an authoritative guide to the practice of Tara." —Mandala Magazine

"An excellent work of theory and practice." —The Middle Way

"A profound spiritual teacher . . . Chodron always hits the mark with her practice suggestions." —Spirituality & Health

"Chodron gives a helpful, straightforward explanation of deity practice and an explication of the Tara sadhana or liturgy." —Shambhala Sun

"This practical and inspiring book will be helpful to all who wish to tame their minds so that they are not constantly enslaved by pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, distorted views, miserliness, attachment, and doubt. . . . This is truly a book that will appeal both to a general audience and to those specifically interested in female manifestations of the divine." —East and West Series

"The great strength of this book lies in its thoroughness, its realistic approach, and in the fact that the author finds simple, fresh language to explain even the most abstract and complex ideas." —Tara, Mandala Newsletter

"This book contains everything one needs to know to begin an informal Tara practice, and with the right understanding is a precious jewel in itself." —Georg Feuerstein, PhD, author of Yoga Morality: Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis, The Deeper Dimension of Yoga, Holy Madness: Spirituality, Crazy-Wise Teachers, and Enlightenment, and Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559392266
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.66(d)

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From the Publisher
"Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron was a student of my guru Lama Thubten Yeshe and has been a fully ordained nun for many years. For thirty years her mind and life have been fully immersed in the Dharma like a diamond indestructible; essenceless worldly things cannot affect her mind. She is a dynamic teacher who has taught extensively all over the world, inspiring many people, awakening them like the shining sun, and leading them to the path, bringing them the happiness of not only many future lives but also the everlasting ultimate happinesses of liberation and full enlightenment." —Lama Zopa Rinpoche

"With her usual clarity, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron skillfully weaves the practice and theory of Arya Tara together with the Lam-rim path to provide a fascinating and very helpful guide for those interested in the Tara practice." —Ani Tenzin Palmo

"Ven. Thubten Chodron has the extraordinary ability to present even the most profound spiritual teachings simply and directly in ways that impact our everyday lives. With her characteristic warmth, humor, and intelligence, she invites us here to enter the world of Tara, one of the most beloved members of the Buddhist pantheon, and to share in the wisdom and compassion of the Divine Mother." —Jonathan Landaw, author of Prince Siddhartha, Images of Enlightenment, and Buddhism for Dummies

"Many delights . . . an authoritative guide to the practice of Tara." —Mandala Magazine

"An excellent work of theory and practice." —The Middle Way

"A profound spiritual teacher . . . Chodron always hits the mark with her practice suggestions." —Spirituality & Health

"Chodron gives a helpful, straightforward explanation of deity practice and an explication of the Tara sadhana or liturgy." —Shambhala Sun

"This practical and inspiring book will be helpful to all who wish to tame their minds so that they are not constantly enslaved by pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, distorted views, miserliness, attachment, and doubt. . . . This is truly a book that will appeal both to a general audience and to those specifically interested in female manifestations of the divine." —East and West Series

"The great strength of this book lies in its thoroughness, its realistic approach, and in the fact that the author finds simple, fresh language to explain even the most abstract and complex ideas." —Tara, Mandala Newsletter

"This book contains everything one needs to know to begin an informal Tara practice, and with the right understanding is a precious jewel in itself." —Georg Feuerstein, PhD, author of Yoga Morality: Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis, The Deeper Dimension of Yoga, Holy Madness: Spirituality, Crazy-Wise Teachers, and Enlightenment, and Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga

Meet the Author

Thubten Chodron, an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, travels worldwide, teaching and leading meditation retreats. Known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha's teachings, she is the author of Buddhism for Beginners; Working with Anger; How to Free Your Mind; Open Heart, Clear Mind; and Taming the Mind. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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