Red Tara

  • Red Tara expresses the energy of the stomach.
  • An Infinite Feeling of Red Tara is Benevolence
  • Her fundamental teaching is of the Five Hindrances

The nature of Red Tara is dynamic. She is depicted dancing, or in an angry posture with sharp teeth, with hair standing on end, with angry attributesskulls, dagger. She covers the entire cycle of energy and is its mistress – she  sets it in motion (stomach receives energy of food).

Her Infinite Feeling is Benevolence. The correct form of Benevolence toward all sentient beings is to want them to wake up from the nightmare of ignorance. Therefore, Red Tara is awakening Dakini. She awakens the living beings from Samsara’s bad dreams. She is characterized by spontaneity. When a disciple understands that all the nightmares are dreams of Samsara, he experiences liberation, lightness, and a sense of relief. The strength of the stomach (hunger) awakens the person from sleep. This hunger is the thirst for Teaching.

Red Tara helps to overcome the Five Hindrances (which are five types of dreams of samsara) on our Path to enlightenment:

  1. Greed/sensuous greed
  2. Stagnancy
  3. Ill will
  4. Anxiety and torment
  5. Doubt

Hindrances are unskillful qualities of the mind, leading to a fall into the lower realms. Hindrances must be suppressed by means of the presence of pure consciousness. Their root is the feeling of “I”, therefore skillful action will be cutting off feeling of “I”.

Antidotes for five hindrances:

  1. For Greed -> Giving
  2. For Stagnancy -> Renunciation
  3. For Ill will -> Gratitude
  4. For Anxiety and torment -> Loving kindness
  5. For Doubt -> Patience

Developing these good qualities will suppress those hindrances in practice.

By Natalia Tsimbler