Kurukulla Red Tara — Enlightened Enchantment Dakini; Bringing Bodhichitta Power Into Your Life

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    In Vajrayana Buddhism, why is Kurukulla considered by many to be the star of the Dakinis? In what way is Kurukulla Wisdom Dakini an emanation of Red Tara and Amitabha? Why does Kurukulla’s name translate as the “cause of wisdom”? Why is she also called the queen of magic? In this presentation we answer these questions and more.



    00:00 The Qualities of Kurukulla
    00:40 Kurukulla wisdom dakini emanation of Red Tara and Amitabha
    01:21 Why is she so popular today and centuries ago?
    02:03 Magnetizing activity of Kurukulla
    02:41 Dakini of magic and enchantment? The Love Goddess?
    04:55 Enlightened enchanting activities: auspicious conditions for practice.
    05:41 Importance of blissful joy and wonder
    06:20 Kurukulla’s mesmerizing appearance and symbols
    07:52 Is empowerment required? Chanting her mantra
    08:46 Chant along with Buddha Weekly — links to the mantra video

    Kurukulla is considered an emanation of Tara, Tarobhava Kurukulla, which translates as “the Kurukulla who arises from Tara.” As a Tara, and also an emanation of Amitabha, she is a fully Enlightened Buddha, a Wisdom Dakini. She is as popular today, as she was hundreds of years ago. Her Tibetan Name Rigiyedmna literally translates as “she who is the cause of wisdom.”

    Kurukulla’s mantra video, beautifully chanted by Buddha Weekly is here:

    Kurukulla guided meditation with Buddha Weekly:

    IMAGE credit: Wonderful Kurukulla Statue from Terma Tree>>
    Why is she so popular? Not only because of her alluring appearance — dancing with activity to show she is ready to spring to our aid — but because she is on a mission — a mission of compassion. In “The Practice Manual of Noble Tara Kurukulla”, translated from the introductory commentary of the Kangyur text, it is written:

    “As a female deity, she is understood to embody the wisdom aspect of enlightenment, and as a form of the savior Tara, herself a manifestation of Chenrezig, she personifies all-embracing compassion.”

    As a dakini, and as a Tara, her particular quality is related to the “activity” of enlightenment, and specifically power, enchantment and magnetizing.

    The question often arises — because we all love a little enchantment in our lives — why is she called the Queen of Magic?

    Like other emanations of Tara, who might use their divine beauty to attract and influence, Kurukulla embraces this concept, the epitome of erotic beauty and ferocious power.

    It is the exotic “magical” and miraculous aspects that have kept Kurukulla, the Passionate Lotus Dakini, popular both today and in past centuries. Although she is often associated with “attraction” and “magnetizing” — an overall aspect of the red Lotus family of Amitabha, Chenrezig, and Hayagriva — she is not a mundane deity.

    Kurukulla or Red Tara is often dubbed the “love goddess” — but it is important to know that she magnetizes in the context of Bodhichitta. This means your intention for practice must benefit sentient beings.

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    Lee Kane

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    Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
    Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.

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