Twenty-Four Hour Tara Retreat

Twenty-Four Hour Tara Retreat

Friday, Jan 7 - Saturday, Jan 8

Location:
KMC Houston
1110 Lovett Boulevard - Montrose
Houston, TX, 77006

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Center and on the surrounding neighborhood streets.


Cost: Free; No registration necessary
 

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Homage to the Swift One, the Heroine!

In this retreat, we set aside 24 hours to make prayers and chant praises to Venerable Tara, a female wisdom Buddha. Tara is our Buddha mother who helps us to swiftly overcome our obstacles and develop inner peace and happiness. In this retreat, six sessions of Tara prayers will be completed over 24 hours. All are welcome to join as many (or few) sessions as they like.

Session Times
Fri, Jan 7: 6pm
Fri, Jan 7: 10pm
Sat, Jan 8: 2am
Sat, Jan 8: 6am
Sat, Jan 8: 10am
Sat, Jan 8: 2pm

The Tara Puja Liberation from Sorrow includes a special prayer composed by Buddha, “Praises to the Twenty-one Taras,” and is performed regularly at Kadampa Buddhist Centers worldwide.

A female Buddha, Tara is a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all Buddhas. Each of the twenty-one distinct Taras is a manifestation of the principal Green Tara, also known as “Mother of the Conquerors.”

Mother

As children we turn to our mother for help and guidance. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal development. In the same way, during our spiritual growth, we need to turn to our Holy Mother, Tara, for refuge. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.

Rescuer

“Tara” means “Rescuer.” She is so called because she rescues us from the eight outer fears of lions, elephants, fire, snakes, thieves, water, bondage and evil spirits; and from the eight corresponding inner fears of pride, ignorance, anger, jealousy, wrong views, attachment, miserliness and deluded doubts. Temporarily, Tara saves us from the dangers of rebirth in the three lower realms and ultimately saves us from the dangers of samsara and solitary peace.

Protector

If we rely upon Mother Tara sincerely and with strong faith, she will protect us from all obstacles and fulfill all our wishes. Since she is a wisdom Buddha, and since she is a manifestation of the completely purified wind element, Tara is able to help us very quickly. If we recite the twenty-one verses of praise we shall receive inconceivable benefits. These praises are very powerful because they are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha. It is good to recite them as often as we can.

We will start the year by relying upon Mother Tara to avert obstacles.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]



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