Chittamani Tara is the female personification of the enlightened mind. Tara is known as the Liberator, an embodiment of enlightened activity, and mother of all the Buddhas. On this ultimate level, she manifests perfect wisdom.
Chittamani Tara Puja is a practice that invokes Chittamani Tara, the source of swift assistance in all temporal and spiritual matters. She is called upon to bring success – including for situations involving family, relationships, business, and career – and for protection from all negativities and fears. She is also invoked in times of emergency, personal distress and difficulty, health problems, for the quick removal of obstacles, and when rapid wisdom is needed.
The Chittamani Tara Puja includes mandala offerings and recitation of the Praises to the 21 Taras. Jamyang Leeds has a special relationship with Tara as we were advised to recite the 21 Praises to Tara by his H E Kyabje Dagri Rinpoche for the success of the Centre and our community of practitioners.
This puja is a powerful support for our Dharma practice and for achieving our temporal and ultimate goals:
There are so many inner obstacles to the development of your mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. Therefore, for the success of your Dharma practice, of your actualising the graduated path to enlightenment, you must rely upon a special deity or buddha, such as Tara.
– Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Kopan Monastery, May 1987)
Saka Dawa is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, commemorating Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing into paranirvana. During Saka Dawa, karmic results are multiplied and it is a very powerful time to practice.
Although Chittamani Tara is the highest yoga practice of Tara it is not necessary to have received an initiation to join in. All are welcome.
As we are holding this Chittamani puja to celebrate Saka Dawa please feel free to bring offerings for the shrine (such as flowers, food, candles or incense).