Wednesday, April 10
Donation Based | Online via Zoom
The “Praise to Tara with Twenty-One Verses of Homage” is a tantric text popular in the Indo-Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. Many lay and monastic practitioners know this text by heart and recite it as a prayer for protection and success; however, it also has deeper dimensions associated with all the levels of the Buddhist path.
In this introductory session with Buddhist translator Michael Lobsang Tenpa, we will look at the interplay between the “Twenty-One Praises” and Buddha-nature theory, especially as interpreted by the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. In this approach, every verse can be said to describe different facets of our deepest nature, and each repetition of the praise can bring us closer to manifesting the associated qualities in our daily life. We will go through each verse, discussing their literal meaning; meditate on Green Tara; and discuss different ways to chant the praise.
If you are interested in Tara practice, Buddhist chanting techniques, or Buddha-nature theory, this session will most likely be a source of inspiration.