That's wild. I've never heard of her being called that before, nor does it really elaborate in the article. I would love to research that more.
Sherab, an area of my interest is the research being done by Dr. Richie Davidson at U Wisconsin Madison on meditation and PTSD. http://vimeo.com/42824198
Thanks for the video. Meditation IMO is the cornerstone of successful PTSD treatment. Self regulation takes a lot of work and effort. Probably the biggest gift meditation bestows for people with PTSD is the renewed sense of safety when going inside. If I ever go for my PhD I would like to focus on using one of the aforementioned yidams as the focus of treatment. So a person doing a Green Tara practice is ultimately revealing the compassionate wisdom inside themselves through the projection/belief that the yidam is actually healing them. This is why yidam practice I would think would have a higher success rate than basic samatha or vipassana practices. Don't get me wrong without them the yidam practice would be difficult to carry out, but I think it would the the client's belief and faith in the power of the yidam that would eventually heal primary and secondary symptoms in a quick and profound way.
Yudron wrote:I've been reflecting on this. I have an elementary school friend who is apparently suffering greatly from PTSD. I don't know her, but she is a devout Christian and is a FB friend. Yesterday, I got a FB post that she is buying chicks to raise for eggs, meat and fertilizer. So, she is making the intention to kill them eventually. I don't know how one can recover from PTSD when one is setting up the causes and conditions for more trauma, from the karmic consequences of killing.
So, I think part of the picture is to be very diligent not to harm sentient beings, but to help sentient beings instead. Specifically, saving the lives of animals destined for slaughter. Releasing appropriate worms from a bait shop, for example, with prayers for them from one's tradition... which could be a simple as OM MANI PADME HUNG.
A lot of people have unconscious tendencies to repeat the trauma, or symbolic violent actions like in your friend's case. That's why PTSD is so difficult. It's like a skipping record, but a lot of the time people are unable to figure out where the skipping is coming from, or how to shut off the record player.