The origin of Tara, the purpose and benefits of the Tara practice, and the symbolism of Green Tara.
Series: Green Tara Retreat with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2020)
A series of teachings by Venerable Sangye Khadro given during the Green Tara Retreat that was held at the Abbey and offered on-line from July 3 to July 10, 2020. The teachings include talks on the Green Tara Practice and commentary on Chapter 9 of Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds”.
Beginning the commentary on Chapter 9, The Perfection of Wisdom, from “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds” by Shantideva.
Explanation of the prayers and recitations of the Tara practice and the meaning of the mantra.
The relationship between the two truths—conventional and ultimate—and the three criteria for conventional existence.
Teaching on first four of the eight dangers we ask Tara to protect us from—arrogance, ignorance, anger and jealousy.
Further explanation of ultimate and conventional truths and ultimate and conventional existence.
Answers to questions about Tara’s existence using the three criteria for conventional existence and how to reduce anger and jealousy.
Refuting an inherently existent self through analysis of the body and mind. Also refuting the positions of non-Buddhist schools regarding the self.
The five different kinds of wrong views and answers to questions about how emptiness eliminates suffering and whether attractiveness exists conventionally.
Why selflessness does not undermine karma or invalidate compassion. The three levels of selflessness of persons.