Wednesday, 4 August 2010

An obstacle-clearing weekend

I'm excited about the below 2 great pujas happening this long weekend.

1. Heart Sutra Obstacle-Clearing Puja

Sat 7 Aug, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling (DPL)

The Heart Sutra belongs to the teachings on the perfecting of insight or wisdom, sometimes referred to as the "Mother of all Buddhas". It is this insight or wisdom that brings about enlightened individuals. 

This puja is a special method to clear obstacles and/or crisis e.g. court case and surgical operation. Reciting this Prajnaparamita Sutra, you would thus create a vast amount of merit and purification.

The Prajnaparamita mantra is:
Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Ye Soha

2. All-Night Tara Practice 

Sun 8 Aug, 7.00pm-6.30am (Overnight)
Venue: Amitabha Buddhist Centre (ABC)

The all-night Tara practice is a tradition to recite the 21 praises to Tara. The sessions are interspersed with full length prostrations and circumambulations - all done while reciting the 21 Praises. 

Tara is the female manifestation of the Buddha's omniscient mind. She is especially swift in granting the wishes of sentient beings. Tara is also known as the "Mother of all Buddhas" because she embodies wisdom - all Buddhas are born from this wisdom. By the way, this photo is a very beautiful Tara.

There are many inner obstacles that hinder the development of our wisdom and compassion. These inner obstacles in turn create external obstacles. All the enlightened activities of the Buddhas manifest in this female aspect, Tara the Liberator, in order to help living beings to successfully accomplish their goals. 

Tara is known for the quick respond to our prayers. Here are some of the benefits of praying to Tara. In the future, you will:

- Achieve success in your career and business
- Increase your wealth
- Excel in your studies
- Be protected from fears, harms and dangers
- Gain good health and auspicious energy
- Obtain good rebirths in your future lives

The Tara mantra is:
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

"If you recite the 21 Taras' prayer once every evening, it is impossible (I can put my signature to this!) for you to die of starvation. It is also a very common experience for lay practitioners, monks and nuns with financial difficulties to have such problems relieved by doing Tara practice." - Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I love visiting your blog for all the wonderful mantras & articles. I have been chanting Tara mantra for quite sometime now as I am having lot of problems in life. Now I have also started the Usnisa Vijaya Dharani & the Compassion Dharani too.


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