i have received green tara empowerement but for some reason i dont feel very connected to her.
One of my favorite books is "Bodhisattva of Compassion" by Blofeld. It's about the Chinese Kwan Yin, which technically is same deity as Chenrezi since they share the same mantra, but given the feminine style of her blessings she reminds me more of Tara. Blofeld lived in pre-communist China and collected all kinds of stories about her from all kinds of people; dreams, auspicious coincidences, encounters (!), and such, and put them all in one book. It is delightful pleasure reading material, unlike 99%+ Dharma books, stories mostly.
Once story that effected me was about an evil stepmother that was responsible for the death of the protagonist's mother. At some point he saw his chance for revenge and was going to kill her. The evil stepmother saw what was going to happen and called out to Kwan Yin, and the protagonist found himself suddenly frozen in place. Kwan Yin took pity on the evil stepmother, even though she was the villain in the story. The idea of that type of carte-blance non-critical compassion has flavored my attitude towards how I take Refuge, although it does not have a specific application.
Like I said, it is pleasure reading material.
I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against Lama abuse.
Once in a while you can get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right.