Thubten Chodron. How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion, 2005. Paperback, 224 pp.
The Buddhist/Hindu goddess Tārā is an enlightened being, a Buddha, who is invoked daily by millions of people. This book is specifically about her Buddhist manifestation. The author, an American Buddhist nun, is well known for her lucid expositions of Buddhist themes, and the present work is again a warm and clear introduction to a major figure of the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon.
After a brief introductory chapter answering the question “Who is Tārā ?,” Thubten Chodron launches straight into the meditative visualization practice that has Tara as its focus. She then explains the eight internal and eight external dangers from which Tara is traditionally said to liberate practitioners.
A substantial portion of the book is dedicated to discussing the time-honored practice of paying homage to the Twenty-One Tārās. She provides the verses of this well-known invocation in rhythmic English. With an orientation to Tārā practice, Thubten Chodron also included Lama Lobsang Tenpey Gyaltsen’s prayerful poem “A Song of Longing for Tārā, the Infallible,” which she comments on at length.
This book contains everything one needs to know to begin an informal Tārā practice, and with the right understanding—a precious jewel in itself.
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