Red Tara: The Female Buddha of Power and Magnetism (Paperback)

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Red Tara: The Female Buddha of Power and Magnetism (Paperback)


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A complete introduction to the Buddhist goddess Tara, with special emphasis on her form as Red Tara.

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. Red Tara has gained popularity in recent years with practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide. 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.
An accompanying appendix includes prayers, songs, and meditations on the goddess, enabling readers to directly connect with their compassionate enlightened nature through practices associated with this powerful Buddhist female deity.
RACHAEL STEVENS holds a doctorate from Oxford University, is an early education teacher, and is a long-term Buddhist practitioner. Rachael studied Tibetan language and Buddhism while living in the Himalayas, including in Darjeeling, Nepal, and Tibet. Rachael's research focuses on Red Tara, and she has studied and practiced with Buddhist communities in Europe, Asia, North America, and Brazil. Today, Rachael is vice principal at a Buddhist-inspired elementary school in Northern Thailand.

Product Details ISBN: 9781611809695
ISBN-10: 161180969X
Publisher: Snow Lion
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 264
Language: English
“While true knowledge of Mother Tara’s amplitude to aid spiritual accomplishment can only be found in the direct connection of a Buddhist practitioner to an authentic guru, an understanding of the broader historical context, literary evolution, and personal testimonies that underpin this tradition of practice prove a valuable asset to appreciate why she remains such a beloved figure in the Buddhist world. In this regard, Rachael Stevens is to be commended for her comprehensive and in-depth work on Red Tara, the particular form of Tara for magnetizing that originated in ancient India and flourished in the Sakya order and other lineages of practice in Tibet. I hope her richly researched book provides illumination for all those interested in this unique tradition of spiritual practice.”—Avikrita Vajra Sakya, author of Wake Up to What Matters

“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

“Scholars of Buddhism will appreciate this thorough volume.”—Publishers Weekly

“Little has been written about [Tara’s] red-colored forms, a lacuna that Rachael Stevens fills in Red Tara . . . This is Tara as not just savior, but also trailblazer.”—Buddhadharma

“The thorough and fascinating culmination of a decade of research into Tara’s red form.”—Tricycle

“An invaluable resource for understanding the history and development of Red Tara.”—H-Net Reviews

“Conveys a strong sense of Red Tara as a real, live presence in contemporary Buddhism. . . . A wide-ranging appraisal of Red Tara that fills a significant gap in western understanding.”—The Mirror