The female deity Tara embodies enlightenment, wisdom, and freedom from fear. When practitioners meditate on Tara, they uncover these qualities within themselves.
Tibetan Buddhists have cherished these practices for centuries and they turn to Tara for healing and protection from every kind of danger, outer or inner - from fire and earthquakes to anger and arrogance.
Thubten Chodron's writing is clear, refreshing, and briskly paced. Defining unfamiliar terms as they appear, she presents basic texts of Tara practice and liturgy, explains the "Homage to the Twenty-one Taras," and examines Lama Lobsang Tenpey Gyaltsen's poem A Song of Longing for Tara the Infallible and its relevance to Dharma practice.