Workshop in Bir 5th to 11th September , 2014

Chanting the One Hundred Eight Names of the Venerable Ārya – Tārā Resource Material (Ārya-tārā-bhaṭṭārikā-nāmâṣṭôttaraśataka-stotra)

From the śāstrapiṭaka led by Raji Ramanan

Workshop in Bir  5th to 11th September , 2014

Chanting  the One Hundred Eight Names of the Venerable Ārya Tārā 

Resource  Material   (Ārya-tārā-bhaṭṭārikā-nāmâṣṭôttaraśataka-stotra)

From the śāstrapiṭaka

led by Raji Ramanan

Ārya -Tārā is the most beloved of the Buddhist  deities  and has fascinated devotees for centuries . Today we know her as a Bodhisattva , as a great mother goddess and a tantric deity and each of these aspects is rich,  vast and inexhaustible in nature.

In the tradition  of praying to the Bodhisattva   Ārya -Tārā , One Hundred Eight Names of the Venerable Ārya -Tārā  ,  (Ārya-tārā-bhaṭṭārikā-nāmâṣṭôttaraśataka-stotra) is a  beautiful and valuable text from the  śāstrapiṭaka    

This workshop will  focus  on  the meaning  and  chanting of  the One Hundred eight  names of Ārya Tārā  from the above  mentioned text   in Sanskrit .This text has a sweet charm about it. It opens with the enchantment of the beautiful setting of the mountain of Potalaka .We become witness to the conversation between Lord Avalokitevara  and Vajrapani  about the way to alleviate the suffering of sentient beings .At this juncture Vajrapani requests Lord Avalokitevara to tell him about the qualities  of Ārya -Tārā

What follows is a beautiful enumeration of the One Hundred Eight names of Ārya -Tārā . Each name is profound and  significant .The text concludes with verses describing the benefits of  the chants .

Chanting the names of deities is an important aspect of spiritual practice and is considered to hold special significance and  power. The number 108 is sacred to Buddhists.

Course teacher Raji Ramanan has   a deep interest in Sanskrit and is a keen chanter and lays  a lot of emphasis  on  the  right pronunciation and  understanding the  import  of what one is chanting. She is a translator  and 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