Dates: Oct 14, 21, Nov 25
“The benefits of practicing Tara are uncountable. By reciting the Praises to the Twenty-One Taras with devotion, at dawn or dusk, and remembering Tara and reciting her mantra at any time of the day or night, we are protected from fear and danger, and all our wishes are fulfilled. If we pray to Tara, Tara will grant help quickly.” –Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Once every three weeks the center offers the group meditation practice of Green Tara. Tara, whose name means “star” or “she who ferries across.” Tara is a bodhisattva of compassion who manifests in female form. In Tibetan, Tara is known as “Drolma” (Sgrol-ma), or “She Who Saves.” In particular, Green Tara, represents compassion in action, since shes in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It is said that Avalokiteshvara wept as looking upon the world of suffering beings, and tears formed a lake in which a lotus sprung up. When the lotus opened, the goddess Tara was revealed.
In this course Geshe Sherab will take us through the details of the meditation we offer at the center, explaining the meaning of the different parts of the practice as well as the visualizations and recitations of mantra contained within it. Students will gain a clear understanding of how and why to engage in this practice by the end of this course.