Tara Pujas for the Success of the Center


You may have heard that Kopan Monastery has been doing monthly Tara Pujas for the success of the Guhyasamaja Center and it’s members and supporters. For those of you who don’t know about Tara or about the Tara Puja, here is an excerpt from our website:

“Tara is the female Buddha of compassion. Tibetans view her like an Enlightened mother, always ready to come to the aid of beings in need. Doing Tara practice helps us to awaken our own potential for Enlightened compassion. During the Tara puja itself, while chanting prayers, we do meditations and visualization practices to create extensive good karma together, creating causes to be able to generate inner realizations and also to be able to benefit others extensively. For beginners, it can be challenging to do the meditations and visualizations while chanting the prayers that make up the Tara puja, but such group practices are actually a very powerful way of creating karma together for success and transformation. “

According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching, Tara the Liberator, the following are benefits of doing the Tara practice:

Tara is quick to grant success in obtaining the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. You receive much good merit, or cause of happiness; it prevents a suffering rebirth in your next life; you receive initiation from millions of buddhas; and you achieve enlightenment. Besides these, however, Tara practice has many other benefits. Reciting the Twenty-one Taras’ prayer with devotion, at dawn or dusk—or remembering Tara, singing praises and reciting mantras at any time of the day or night—protects you from fear and dangers, and fulfill all your wishes. If you pray to Tara, Tara is particularly quick to grant help.

There are also many temporal benefits from Tara practice, either reciting the Tara mantra or the Twenty-one Taras’ prayer. Tara can solve many problems in your life: liberate you from untimely death; help you recover from disease; bring you success in business; help you to find a job; bring you wealth. When you have a really serious problem, such as a life-threatening disease, if you rely upon Tara, very commonly you will be freed from that problem; you will recover from that disease. If you eat poison, if you rely upon Tara, the poison will not harm you. By doing Tara prayers and mantras, couples with difficulty having a child can have a child—and whichever they want, a son or a daughter. These are very common experiences. Through Tara practice, you can obtain any happiness of this life that you wish.”

For more information about this practice, please consult the following resources:

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2 thoughts on “Tara Pujas for the Success of the Center

  1. Just FYI for those of you who are interested:

    Green Tara Empowerment & Commentary

    http://www.guhyasamaja.org/calendar.html#GreenTara

    Saturday, September 13, 2008
    10:30 am – 4:00 pm
    The International Campaign for Tibet, 1825 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036, 4th floor conference room, no elevator

    Green Tara — the Swift Liberator — is one of the most well known bodhisattvas. She is the principle female manifestation of enlightenment and is considered the kind mother of all the Buddhas. According to legend, in one life she was the Princess Wisdom Moon — a tireless practitioner who became a bodhisattva and vowed “Until samsara is empty, I shall work for the benefit of all sentient beings in a woman’s body”.

    Prerequisites for receiving empowerments: None. Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche will offer refuge vows at the beginning for anyone who hasn’t already taken them. The Bodhisattva vows are given during the ceremony. Please see the Shugden policy below.

    Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring your own cushion if you prefer a cushion to a chair. The initiation will be held in the 4th floor conference room, there is no elevator.

    Registration required by September 8: email Patricia Harvey: registration at guhyasamaja.org (replace the at with “@”), or call 703-774-9692.

    Suggested Reading for newcomers to Tantra:

    Lama Yeshe, Introduction to Tantra. Wisdom. 2001.

    Guidelines for day of empowerment: on Saturday, please abide by the following until the empowerment is completed:

    * No food containing meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic or radish
    * No sex, lying, harsh words, gossip, stealing
    * Please shower or bathe and brush teeth before arriving at center

    Parking is limited, take the Metro (Red Line) to Dupont Circle, it’s about a five minute walk South on Connecticut Ave.

    Schedule:

    10:30 am – 12:30 pm Initiation
    12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch on your own
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Commentary

    Donations: For this event, we are not specifying a suggested donation. Your generous donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

  2. Shugden Policy

    A Restriction: Guhyasamaja Center has a new policy regarding the Dorje Shugden practice in accordance with the general approach of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and the teachers at the great Gelugpa monasteries. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has expressed the wish “not to have a guru-disciple relationship with anyone who is practicing Shugden.” Likewise, Gyume Khensur Rinpoche has recently made a commitment at Sera Monastery with respect to the Shugden issue. Therefore, those who are doing this practice are requested not to attend any initiations or tantric teachings with Rinpoche or at the center in general.

    Please refer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Advice Concerning Dolgyal (Shugden) for more information:

    http://www.dalailama.com/page.132.htm

    And also to the Collection of Advice Regarding Shugden (Dholgyal):

    http://www.fpmt.org/organization/announcements/shugden/

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