- Snow Lion11/29/2022Pages: 264Size: 6 x 9ISBN: 9781611809695Details
Tara is one of the most celebrated goddesses in the Buddhist world, representing enlightened activity in the form of the divine feminine. She protects, nurtures, and helps practitioners on the path to enlightenment. Manifesting in many forms and in many colors to help beings, Tara’s red form represents her powers of magnetization, subjugation, and the transformation of desire into enlightened activity. She is considered to be particularly powerful in times of plague and disharmony.
This comprehensive overview focuses on the origins, forms, and practices of Tara, providing the reader with insightful information and inspirations relating to the goddess. Its second part focuses on Red Tara, a powerful and liberating form of Tara that is particularly important to connect with in a time of crisis. These chapters cover various forms of Red Tara found throughout the Tibetan Buddhist world, the particular qualities she represents, and how through prayers and meditation we can embody her principles and truly benefit beings.RelatedAuthor BioRACHAEL STEVENS holds a doctorate from Oxford University, is an early education teacher, and is a long-term Buddhist practitioner. Rachael’s research focuses on Red Tara, and she has studied and practiced with Buddhist communities in Europe, Asia, North America, and Brazil.Praise
"Scholars of Buddhism will appreciate this thorough volume." —Publishers Weekly
"The presentation of lineage origins, liturgical variations, and iconographic details assembled in Red Tara opens doors to her realm of enlightened emanations. From a decade of research into Indian, Tibetan, and Western sources, Rachael Stevens distills a well-organized wealth of knowledge that enhances not only intellectual understanding but also a deep sense of connectedness to past meditators who have mastered the wisdom and activities of the goddess." —Chagdud Khadro, author of Red Tara Commentary
"An invaluable resource for understanding the history and development of Red Tara." —H-Net ReviewsSelected Reader Reviews