As an introduction to retreat, an explanation of who White Tara is and what she represents.
Series: White Tara Retreat (2010-11)
A series of short talks on the White Tara practice given during the White Tara Winter Retreat of 2010-2011, given at Sravasti Abbey.
Valuable advice for doing retreat—working with the mind, with pain, how to visualize, how to practice in session and in between sessions.
What does it mean to take refuge in the Three Jewels, and why we do it at the beginning of the sadhana.
The benefits and purpose of generating bodhicitta.
The bodhicitta motivation is crucial to our practice. Self-centered thinking limits us and holds us back.
Questions and answers regarding “life force” and the “four elements” in the Tara sadhana.
Setting the proper motivation is not just for meditation sessions but for activities between sessions as well.
Examining how to relate to institutions and authority in a clear, honest, and constructive way, maintaining an inner sense of dignity.
Answers to questions on mantra, the White Tara sadhana, and the symbolism of White Tara’s appearance.
An explanation of the prayer of the four immeasurables that is included in the White Tara sadhana.