New! Green Tara Retreat
Please join Lama Losang Samten Rinpoche for a beautiful full day Green Tara Retreat.
When: Saturday, April 15th from 10am -4pm.
Where: Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia at 754 North Marshall Street in Philadelphia.
For whom: All are welcome.
To register: Pre-registration is requested. To do so, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: We kindly request donation of $45.00 - $60.00 for this full day retreat. There will be a one-hour lunch break during which you may eat lunch that you bring or eat at one of several local options.
From our teacher, Losang Samten Rinpoche:
The practice of Tara is powerful to help us overcome our fears, reduce stress,
achieve a better future, heal physical and mental illness, as well as improve
our relationships with ourselves and others. Taking Tara into our daily practice
is extremely beneficial and helps us overcome mental, physical, and spiritual
obstacles. Those who are willing to take Green Tara as their personal deity
(yiddam) receive tremendous benefits. Yet, if anyone completes just one Tara
mantra meditation with positive intention, it is very beneficial.
In India, where Buddhist practice originated, we see the image of Tara frequently
depicted, which shows that this is one of the main practices since the beginning
of Buddhism. This is an ancient practice that has been transmitted with unbroken
lineage for over 2500 years. In Tibet, the four major schools of Buddhism
(Nyngma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug) each have some unique practices, but
Green Tara is common to all four of the schools and is the main practice of many
highly realized people.
All the Buddhas of the past, present, and future possess wisdom, compassion,
and action; they are all enlightened and possess all abilities. However, each
Buddha has been granted unique qualities that stand out among others, based
upon their specific motivation prior to becoming enlightened. Mother Tara
is associated with the qualities of action and protection (as a mother who is
willing to give her life to protect her children), kindness and caring, and a strong
connection to the earth. It is said that those who meditate on Tara receive these
qualities more quickly than through meditation on male Buddhas.