Tara: The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha

Tara: The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha

by Rachael Wooten Ph.D.
Tara: The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha

Tara: The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha

by Rachael Wooten Ph.D.


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A practical guide for invoking the power and blessings of Tara, the beloved female buddha of Tibet
Known as "the female Buddha" in Tibet and India, Tara connects us to the archetypal Divine Feminine—an energetic force that exists within us and all around us, and has been available to all humans since our earliest origin.
While there are many books on Tara, this practical guide shows us how those of any tradition can directly access her, through clear instruction and authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings.
Jungian analyst, scholar, and spiritual practitioner Dr. Rachael Wooten combines the ancient Tara tradition with depth psychology to help us connect with each of Tara's manifestations and access her blessings within ourselves and in the external world.
In her myriad forms, Tara has the power to protect us from inner and outer negativity, illuminate our self-sabotaging habits, cleanse mental and physical poisons, address emotional trauma, open us to abundance, give us strength and peace, help us fulfill our life purposes, and more.
Here, you will explore all 22 manifestations of Tara. Each chapter begins with an epigraph that captures the spiritual and psychological essence of the emanation, explains her purpose, and teaches you specific visualizations, praises, mantra chants, and other ways of invoking her presence in yourself and the world.
"If ever the voice of wisdom and compassion was needed in the form of an awakened female figure such as Tara," writes Dr. Wooten, "that time is now." This book illuminates the way to her healing, blessings, and aid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683643883
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 642,731
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rachael Wooten
Rachael Wooten, PhD, is a psychologist and a Zurich‑trained Diplomate Jungian analyst who has been in private practice as a therapist for more than 40 years.  She has studied Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian texts extensively, and has been mentored by spiritual teachers such as her Tibetan root guru Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche and Rabbi Zalman Schachter‑Shalomi. She has also studied and participated in ceremonies with indigenous teachers from the Cherokee, Lakota, and Huichol traditions for over three decades. She has taught Tara practice under the authorization of Lodrö Rinpoche for over 20 years. An active interfaith enthusiast, Dr. Wooten has offered Tara workshops through The Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and the C. G. Jung Society of the Triangle. A member of an American Baptist church for over 35 years, she leads a monthly Tara meditation group there. She is a founding member of Yavneh, a Jewish Renewal synagogue.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Origins of Tara: Always in the Body of a Woman 9

Calling On Green Tara 19

Chapter 1 Red Swift and Courageous Tara 33

Chapter 2 Great White Soothing Tara 43

Chapter 3 Golden Tara 53

Chapter 4 Yellow All-Victorious Tara 63

Chapter 5 Red Hum-Sounding Tara 73

Chapter 6 Dark Red Victorious Tara 81

Chapter 7 Black Tara Who Destroys All Negativities 91

Chapter 8 Dark Red Destroying Tara 101

Chapter 9 White Protecting Tara with the Three jewels Mudra 109

Chapter 10 Red Influential Tara 119

Chapter 11 Orange Poverty-Removing Tara 127

Chapter 12 Golden Good-Luck-Bringing Tara 137

Chapter 13 Red Burning Tara 147

Chapter 14 Black Wrathful Tara 157

Chapter 15 White Soothing Tara 167

Chapter 16 Red Ail-Knowing Hum Tara 177

Chapter 17 Saffron Tara Who Moves the Three Worlds 187

Chapter 18 White Poison-Removing Tara 197

Chapter 19 White Tara Who Removes All Suffering 207

Chapter 20 Orange Tara Who Protects from All Illnesses 215

Chapter 21 White Tara Who Fulfills AU Activities 225

Epilogue 235

Acknowledgments 239

Practice Resources 243

A Green Tara Sadhana: A Step-by-Step Practice Text 245

A Sadhana for Tara's Twenty-One Emanations 249

Quick Reference Guide for Sadhana Practice: The Praises, the Mantras, and Tara's Appearance 252

Twenty-Two Short Tara Practices 269

Meditating with Seed Syllables 279

Additional Resources 283

Notes 285

Glossary 291

Bibliography 297

Index 299

About the Author 311

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