Oct 11-17, 2012

"Chanting the Names and the Praises of Ārya Tārā"

Raji Ramanan

Oct 11-17, 2012 

Chanting the Names and the Praises of Ārya Tārā

This workshop will include chanting the 108 names of Tārā from the text entiled (Ārya-tārā-bhaṭṭārikā-nāmâṣṭôttaraśataka-stotra) and chanting the verses in Sanskrit from the poetic text entitled Ārya tārānamaskāraikaviśatistotram, Twenty-One Praises of Tara.

led by Raji Ramanan

The " Twenty One Praises to Tara", the Sanskrit text found in the Kangyur, were uttered by Buddha Shakyamuni and have been taught since ancient times. Their chanting, in which the 21 main manifestations of the Goddess are praised one by one, is one of the most widespread forms of Tara practice. The female Buddha Tara is mentioned in almost any work on Buddhist history or culture in South Asia and the Himalayas, so we cannot ignore her presence in the religious and social landscape. Her worship includes devotional ritual and tantric practices. Tārā is said to embody compassion and wisdom. As a saviouress, she helps to relieve the sufferings of the world. Motherhood being central to the conception of Tārā, she is invoked in Sanskrit and Tibetan as the mother.

Chanting the names of deities is an important aspect of spiritual exercise and is considered to hold special power. The number 108 is sacred to Buddhists. The practice of 108 names and the class will be based on the Sanskirt Canon.

Chanting The Praises Of Twenty-One Taras will include the study of the text in the original Sanskrit. Besides learning to chant the entire text with proper pronunciation and intonation, the rich layers of meaning that the text conveys will also be discussed.

Course teacher Raji Ramanan has a deep interest in  Sanskrit and translation. She is extensively involved in projects concerning Buddhism, Indian culture and social movements. Guiding students with great expertise and enthusiasm, she stresses the transformative experience of chanting with awareness of the meaning of each word.

Workshop Schedule  

Morning Meditation Chanting              6:30 – 7:30am

Textual Explanation                         9:00-10:30am 
Tea break                                     10:30-11:00am   
Text and chanting                           11:00-12 noon: Class

Chanting Practice                            4:00 -5:00 pm