In this podcast, I am continuing my exploration of each of the Tibetan Vrajayana Buddhist practice of the Twenty-One Taras.
Each of the Taras in the Mandala, provide ways to uplift ourselves and empower our journey in life. The practices are layers of teachings. The mantras are vibrational tools for transformation. There is great liberating and healing power to meditate on all the aspects of this beloved female Buddha. This particular Tara, the Tara Who Destroys All Negativities, is the 7th emanation of the 21 Taras. She provides you with the understanding of the malicious motives of both your inner complexes and those of others. This has the ability to allow you to guard yourself from taking in or creating negative energy. She helps you to overcome obstructed circumstances in your life and potential threats. These threats ( both inner and outer) are considered a type of demon in this tradition and are known as Maras. If you are honest with yourself, about your inner demons or Maras, the practice of this Tara sets up a beautiful vibrational dynamic to smash or cut through them.
When you perform this sequence for yourself and others, you set up a powerful and vibrational reorientation of your being which is not only extremely protective from outside influences but also safeguards you from your own mental patterning.
In this podcast, I discuss, teach and practice the sequence aiming to give you insight into the layers of this practice and how something so ancient as this can be just as vital in modern life.
If you are interested in studying more about the Twenty-One Taras email me: firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming schedule of in person and zoom groups.
Shubha Melissa Abbott
Published by Melissa Abbott Yoga & Meditation Podcast
A lifelong meditator, learner and seeker, Melissa started her journey with a Hatha Yoga class in 1970 at age 17. Later after a stint in Art School and extensive travel, Melissa became a resident at Shree Muktananda Ashram in upstate NY studying Siddha Yoga meditation practices and is a disciple of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and the Siddha Lineage Of Swami Muktananda and Bhagwan Nityananda. There she became acquainted with Shaiva Tantra Meditation from Kashmir, while studying with Dr. Paul Mueller Ortega, Dr.Douglas Brooks, Sally Kempton aka Swami Durgananda and many other teachers residing there at that time. Melissa also studied Tibetan Buddhist Practices of the Sakya Lineage with Luding Khenchen Rimpoche. Melissa has had a 40+ year meditation practice receiving many initiations and transmissions from many great contemporary teachers.
Currently, since 2017 Melissa has been studying with Christopher Wallis a Sanskrit Scholar Phd covering “The Recognition Sutras”, “Vijnana Bhairava”, “Spanda Karikas”, and “Tantraloka”. Melissa is an avid reader, studying with the scholarly works of Christopher Wallis PhD, Alexis Sanderson Phd.Oxford University , Christopher Tompkins PHd Candidate University Of CA Berkley, and James Mallinson from SOAS in London. A member of Academia.org, Melissa keeps up with the latest translations of historic Yogic Writings by contemporary scholars.
On the Hatha Yoga front, Melissa has studied Iyengar and Anusara Hatha Yoga in the 1990’s and later took her first hot yoga class 10 years ago with Suzanne Elliott in Merritt Island, FL, becoming a Raja Hot Core Hatha Yoga 500 hour Teacher in 2016 with Craig Villani. In 2017 she became a USA Yoga Coach and started judging video submissions in 2019. In 2018 Melissa studied with Jimmy Barkan Level 2 Hot Vinyasa Training in Ft Lauderdale and 2019 Adi Westerman’s Teaching 26/2 Plus Training. A member of the Original Hot Yoga Asso OHYA and a Hot Yoga Teacher at Steam House Hot Yoga & Pilates in Epping NH www.steamhousenh.com and Blue Yoga Group in Swampscott, MA. “Melissa Abbott Yoga and Meditation” has a weekly Visionary Tantric Yoga & Yoga Nidra Podcast available on Spotify, ITunes Podcasts, Podbean and YouTube.
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