Event : 3 Day Tara 8 Precept Retreat
Date : September 8 - 10
Time 8 am - 10 pm
Venue : Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre , No. 38 Geylang Lorong 22
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*Participants for the Mother Tara retreat have to observe vegetarian diet strictly during the retreat. Registration is required.
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Sep 7 Tuesday 8 pm to 10 pm: Teaching and Oral Transmission of Tara Practice by Venerable. Shangpa Rinpoche.
Sep 8 - Sep 10
(Wed - Fri) 3 Full day Tara Retreat
* 7.30am - Registration for 8 precepts
* 8.00am - Taking of 8 precepts
* 8.30am-9.30am - Breakfast for precept participants
* 10.00am-12.00pm - Green Tara Practice
* 12.00pm-2.00pm - Lunch Break
* 2.00pm-4.00pm White Tara Practice
* 4.00pm-5.00pm Tea Break
* 5.00pm-6.30pm Mahakala Puja
* 6.30pm-8.00pm Dinner Break
* 8.00pm-10.00pm Sep 8,9 : White Tara Practice
* 8.00pm-10.00pm Sep 10 :: Peaceful Tara Fire Puja
Mother Tara is also known as “Heroic Swift Liberator” for her swiftness in protecting and liberating any sentient being, who prays to her sincerely, from any form of sufferings and fears, as well as bestowing her blessings instantly to accomplish one’s worldly wishes or supreme aspirations.
Countless kalpas ago, she was a compassionate princess named Yeshe Dhawa (Gyana Changdra). She met a Buddha called Ngadra and developed her enlightened attitude in front of the Buddha and vowed to liberate all sentient beings. She used all her abilities to perfect the accumulation of merits and fulfilled her aspirations. Due to this, all the Buddhas praised and aptly gave her the name "Tara", which means savior. She is the savior of all sentient beings. In another legend, Mother Tara is also commonly believed to manifest from the tears of Avalokiteshvara to fulfill his mission to liberate sentient beings.
Nonetheless, both legends inspire numerous practitioners and they regard the mother Tara as one of their most beloved deities. Many great practitioners from India and Tibet who practiced Green Tara had overcome every obstacle and achieved the supreme qualities of Buddhahood. Therefore, the benefit of this practice is said to be immeasurable.
In conjunction with the birthday of our precious Abbot, Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche, we have also included the practice of White Tara to mainly dedicate to his longevity. Do join us in offering these most meaningful and thoughtful birthday wishes to Rinpoche through the practice of the profound Dharma.
Buddha Shakyamuni introduced the teachings of Tara in the Sutra and Tantra, and specially emphasized "In praise of Tara", which was composed by Buddha Vairocana. Lord Buddha also mentioned that if one recites the "21 homages" two, three, or seven times, one would overcome all major and minor fears and be protected from all kinds of natural disasters and humanly created disasters.
The original scared Text known as Gongter Drolma Zabtiq was revealed by the yogi and terton, Chokgyur Lingpa, an emanation of the great Indian guru, Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). This scared Text was then offered to Jyamyang Khentse Wangpo and has been preserved until today, losing none of its original impact and fervour. It is being practiced by both Kagyu and Nyingma practitioners.
Many great practitioners from India and Tibet who practiced Green Tara have overcomed every obstacle and achieved the supreme qualities of Buddha.
The benefit of this practice is immeasurable.