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How to Free Your Mind: The Practice of Tara the Liberator
     

How to Free Your Mind: The Practice of Tara the Liberator

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by Thubten Chodron
 

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Tara, the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, is a Buddhist deity whose Tibetan name means "liberator," signaling her ability to liberate beings from the delusion and ignorance that keep them trapped in ever-recurring patterns of negativity. She embodies a challenge—to transform our minds and become like her, whose tranquility, compassion, and wisdom

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Tara, the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, is a Buddhist deity whose Tibetan name means "liberator," signaling her ability to liberate beings from the delusion and ignorance that keep them trapped in ever-recurring patterns of negativity. She embodies a challenge—to transform our minds and become like her, whose tranquility, compassion, and wisdom make her so beautiful—but one that is profoundly nurturing. In the author's words, "We can relax in her presence and look at ourselves honestly, knowing that Tara will not judge, reject, or abandon us due to our shortcomings. Like a mother, she sees her child's potential—in this case, our spiritual potential or Buddha-nature—and wants to nurture it." Ven. Chodron describes a simple meditation on Tara, explaining its benefits and its application to daily life. She then presents two well-loved praises to Tara, together with reflections on their meanings for modern practitioners. Included here are the "Homage to the Twenty-one Taras," verses that are frequently chanted in Tibetan monasteries and homes, and "A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible," by Lama Lobsang Tenpey Gyaltsen.

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"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."—Jetsunma 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559393980
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
656,100
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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"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."—Jetsunma 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

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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How to Free Your Mind: The Practice of Tara the Liberator 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
Like most books of this nature, the opening pages offer promises of enlightenment and claims of radical cures. If that kind of stuff annoys you - steer clear. I'm aware that many of the problems in the world could be solved by changing the way we think (but physical illness requires treatment of the physical cause in order to properly heal). If you know that your problems are caused by negative thinking, then this book could be beneficial as it requires readers to question and re-evaluate their thought-processes. I'm eclectic pagan and my education in Hinduism is spotty and, as I am with most religions, I don't care what the general consensus is on the interpretations of the text - I almost always prefer my own. Parts of the book felt new-agey, which may frustrate adept readers of Hindu philosophy. I'm neither an expert at Hinduism nor familiar with Tara, though some of her iconography is similar to Kali. I enjoyed the prayer-mantras scattered through the book and may use them in meditations of Kali. "A Song of Longing for Tara" and "Reflections on A Song" was my favorite part of this book. The book is geared for a general audience and many Buddhist concepts are explained as they are introduced for readers who don't have the cultural background. I expected more parables revolving around Tara; this book was more like an introduction to the Devi. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a free review.