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Tara the Liberator: How to Free Your Mind

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A sharply perceptive introduction to the most popular female deity practice in Tibetan Buddhism, written by a Western practitioner with thirty years experience whose titles have sold well over 100,000 copies.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 16th 2012 by Snow Lion Publications (first published February 23rd 2005)
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Definitely not for me.
The first chapter is spent promising the reader doesn't need to practice buddhism,then by chapter 3 it clearly states that either you do practice buddhism, or you're condemned to perpetual reincarnation.
That's exaclty the same as Christians telling that either you believe in their God, or you'r doomed.
If there is such thing as THE way for human beings, it must be something that fits anybody.
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Borrowed from Cheryl.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"How to free your mind" by Ven. Thubten Chodron is a gem of a book for those wishing to be introduced in the practice of Tara. It offers an overview of her sadhana (the gelug version), an explanation about the meaning and symbolism of the Praises to the 21 Taras and a lengthy commentary on the beautiful "A song of longing for Tara, the infallible", in which she touches on every important aspect of the path, both from the Sutrayana and the Tantrayana (especially the former), giv
Angie Lisle
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Like most books of this nature, the opening pages offer promises of enlightenment and claims of radical cures. If that kind of stuff annoys you - steer clear.

I'm aware that many of the problems in the world could be solved by changing the way we think (but physical illness requires treatment of the physical cause in order to properly heal). If you know that your problems are caused by negative thinking, then this book could be beneficial as it requires readers to question and re-evaluate their
Salvatore Familia
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. 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 as well as a commentary on the "Homage to the Twenty-one Taras."
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful offering. These teachings have steadied me in Dharma study. There is so much depth, clarity, and loving-kindness, strength and hope in these teachings and teacher. Thank you, thank you. I am continuing and continuing to read.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ven. Chödrön offers a wonderful discourse on Buddha Tara. As a Westerner I found her descriptions of verses, metaphors and iconology indispensable. Without this book my understanding of Buddha Tara would have been very superficial, so I am thankful to have had this guidance.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thubten Chodron makes even the more complex Buddhist teachings accessible. This book about Tara is written for Buddhist practioners. Anyone can learn from reading it and no one should be dissuaded from reading this, but this is not an introductory book.
Hadji VanderVeer
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A good way to open your mind to other options the reader hasn't thought about or experienced
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Born in 1950, Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron (Ch: 圖丹.卻淮) grew up near Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971. After travelling through Europe, North Africa and Asia for one and a half years, she received a teaching credential and went to the University of Southern California to do post-graduate work in Education while working ...more
“Since different explanations, symbolism, and practices benefit different people, the existence of a variety of spiritual paths enables each person to choose what suits him or her best.” 1 likes
“At first, it’s hard for us to give to others, so we give a carrot from one hand to the other. Then we give away simple things, such as a jar of thumbtacks. Then, we grow a little bit and give away things that we hold more dear. Later, we can share our time or whatever else is more difficult for us to give. When we eventually become Tara, we will be able to give everything effortlessly and joyfully.” 1 likes
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