27th April-1st May, 2015
Twenty-one Homages to Ārya Tārā
Chanting & Retreat on Bodhisattva Ārya Tārā
Tārā the supreme goddess of the Vajrayana pantheon occupies a very unique position amongst its practitioners. In her one finds a perfect coming together of Wisdom and Compassion . While the masters and adepts look upon her as the great mother of all Buddhas , her endearing qualities make her an intimate friend and a mother who is there to protect her children anytime they call upon her . Devotion to her has found expression in many texts and poetic works . Her mantras , sadhanas and dharinis have over centuries been practiced with great devotion. Her practice varies with simple chanting to intense profound ones . Of the many liturgies that abound the Tara practice is Aryatara-mantramula-stotra-namaskara-ekavimshatika-nama or Chanting of Twenty-one Homages to Ārya Tārā. The twenty one verses can be chanted simply as a daily devotional practice or at the ultimate level ,having different sadhansa and mantras .
The retreat will have five sessions which will include understanding of the Sanskrit text with proper pronunciation of the words .Time will also be allotted for quite meditation, Tara mantra practice and chanting of the Twenty One Ārya Tārā text. The sessions will incorporate, Refuge, Offerings, Four Immeasurables , Seven Limbs prayer and Twenty One Praises
Conducted by Raji Ramanan