How to Free Your Mind: the practice of Tara the liberator
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, but her ultimate purpose is freeing us from all suffering, delusion and helping us towards liberation and enlightenment.
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; the verses of devotion "Homage to the 21 Taras", "A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible" and Thubten Chodron's commentaries on these; as well as exploring Tara's ultimate nature and her wisdom—comprising an understanding of the complementary relationship between emptiness and dependent arising.
Thubten Chodron's books have sold over 100,000 copies and include Buddhism for Beginners, Taming the Mind, Working with Anger, and Open Heart, Clear Mind.
“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.”
—Jonathan Landaw, author of Images of Enlightenment
“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
Who is Tara?
Meditating on Tara
Tara, Liberator from the Eight Dangers
“Homage to the Twenty-one Taras”
Commentary on “Homage to the Twenty-one Taras”
Benefits of Reciting the “Homage”
“A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible” by Lama Lobsang Tenpey Gyaltsen
Reflections on “A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible”
Tara’s Ultimate Nature
Emptiness and Dependent Arising