White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown & Rachael Timberlake

October 8th—November 5th

Date details +
  • $50 Sustaining Price
  • $75 Patron Price
  • Or pay what you can afford

This five-week video course focuses on the practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. White Tara practices have long been popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities; this particular short practice was composed years ago by Sakyong Mipham for the Shambhala community.

Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness the suffering of beings through her seven eyes. She soothes their fear, calms their anguish, heals their suffering—both individual and communal—and extends their lives. This is a lineage practice particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened.

Each class will contain a video of a pre-recorded talk by Judith Simmer-Brown on compassion practices and the tradition of White Tara, as well as engagement in the group
practice of White Tara and opportunities for contemplation and discussion.

PREREQUISITES:  This course is open to practitioners who have a grounding in mindfulness meditation (at least one year) and who are interested in engaging in a compassion practice. At the end of the course, participants who have taken the Refuge Vow may continue the White Tara practice as a personal daily practice.

Please contact the facilitator, Rachael Timberlake, in advance of the class with any questions at [email protected]

Teacher: Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D.
Judith is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. She became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the early ‘70s, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Facilitator: Rachael Timberlake
Rachael has been a student in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for 25 years and a meditation instructor since 1998. She led monthly Learn to Meditate programs in New York City until she moved to Montpelier last year with her family. She is excited to facilitate this video class by one of Shambhala’s wonderful scholar/practitioners.