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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
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=1 ... 318&ref=mf
Map : http://www.streetdirectory.com/asia_tra ... ite_51853/
*Participants for the Mother Tara retreat have to observe vegetarian diet strictly during the retreat. Registration is required.
Website : http://www.karma-kagyud.org.sg/contactus.htm
Programme :
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.

度母也称为“救度速勇母”,因为她具有快速的保护和救度能力。任何向她祈求的众生皆能迅速的获得加持、远离一切的痛苦、恐惧并成就一切世间和出世间的愿望。

在无数劫前,度母曾是一位具有悲心的公主名为智月(藏音:耶谢达哇)。那时,她遇到鼓音佛并在佛前发起殊胜菩提心,誓愿救度一切众生。她非常精进的积累了圆满的善根和成办一切的愿望。因此,获得诸佛的赞扬并赐其名号为“度母”,意为救度者。她是一切众生的救怙主。而在另一记载里则相信度母既是观音菩萨的眼泪所化现,以协助他完成救度众生的使命。但无论如何,这两则记载皆启迪及激励了许多的修行者,他们把度母当成了自身最亲密的本尊。许多来自印度和西藏的伟大行者皆以修持度母法门而克服了一切的障碍并获得了殊胜的佛果。所以,修持度母法门的功德可说是不可估量的。

为了庆贺尊贵的住持香巴仁波切的寿辰,在这三天的闭关期间,我们也特地加入白度母修法。这主要是要把所累积的功德回向于尊贵的香巴仁波切,祝愿上师莲足稳固长寿绵绵!欢迎大家踊跃参加,让我们一起通过修持圣法以献上我们对上师的这一份别具心意的殊胜祝福。善哉!

备注:欲参加全日制闭关者须报名登记及持素。


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