Also, who is red Tara? I want to know more about her.
Red Tara as Kurukulla, a deity whose primary activity is described as magnetizing or as subjugating.
The Drikung Kagyu Four-Armed Red Arya Tara is less common. Her activity
is described as "overpowering" in the sense of overcoming obstacles.
"My wife and I did this practice during a legal conflict we were involved with a few months ago. And I give Red Tara the credit for helping us to emerge from it, in better shape than when we started.
This particular practice does require an empowerment. If you have the opportunity to take the initiation with Garchen Rinpoche, for example, you might want to jump on it!" ~ S. at the kagyu list
:: Red Tara (Tib. Dolma Karmo) as practiced at Chagdud Gompa centers is different from Kurukulla. This practice, where Tara is a remover of obstacles, originated with Apong Terton, a great Nyingmapa who lived in the 1900s. Called The Condensed Essence of the Treasure of Supreme Enlightened Mind: The Mandala Ritual of the Noble Red Tara Called the Wish-Fulfilling Essence, it is "an extensive cycle that includes preliminary practices, dream yoga, healing practices, yoga of the subtle channels and energies (Tib. tza lung) and extensive teachings on the nature of mind.
A shorter practice is in Red Tara Commentary: Instructions for Concise Practice Known as Red Tara, An Open Door to Bliss and Ultimate Awareness compiled by Chagdud Khadro (Lama Jane Tromge.) It still contains two levels of practice: The first is a visualization of Tara in the space in front of oneself that does not require initiation; the second involves visualization of oneself as Tara and does require initiation. "Through initiation, the blessings of the lineage are formally transmitted and one's mind is ripened in order to realize the profundity of the practice."
The steps of the Red Tara practice are interspersed with prayers of homage to the twenty-one Taras as composed by another great Nyingmapa, a contemporary of Apong Terton, Khenpo Ngaga.http://www.khandro.net/deities_tara1.htm