Tuesday Evening Green Tara Practice & Buddhist Discussion Group
Open to everyone with a desire to learn more about developing compassion and wisdom in the Buddhist tradition. First part of the evening is informal discussion and sharing about personal spiritual practice. Second part of the evening is a puja to Green Tara and the recitation of the Praises to the 21 Taras.
Green Tara is one of the central practices in Mahayana Buddhism in Tibet. The practice and recitation of her mantra helps clear obstacles, provide healing, remove fear, and ultimately remove the three poisons: ignorance, greed, and anger.
From our resident teacher, Losang Samten Rinpoche:
In the past, as well as today, many people have fulfilled their worldly needs
and reached Nirvana and Enlightenment through the practice of Mother Tara.
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.