13 September and 11 October
Green Tara is a meditational deity in Tibetan Buddhism and the embodiment of the compassionate action of all the Buddhas. She is the Swift Liberator who comes quickly to the aid of those in need. Tara is specifically associated with overcoming hindrances.
The practice of Tara is powerful to help us overcome our fears, reduce stress, achieve a better future, heal illness, as well as improve our relationships with ourselves and others. Those who take Green Tara as their personal deity (Yidam) receive tremendous benefits. Yet, if anyone completes just one Tara mantra with positive intention, it is also very beneficial.
All the Buddhas possess ultimate wisdom and compassion, however each Buddha has certain unique qualities based upon his/her specific motivation prior to becoming enlightened. Tara is associated with the qualities of action and protection (much like a mother or father for their child), kindness and caring. Tara manifests herself frequently in our world and it is said that those who meditate on Tara receive these qualities more quickly than through meditation on other Buddhas.
Pujas are chanted prayer ceremonies which show respect and devotion. You can join in the prayers and chanting from the sadhana (spiritual text) or simply sit, listen and enjoy the blessings. Please feel free to bring offerings (for example incense, fruit, flowers, biscuits) for the shrine. Donations welcome.
Classes and pujas are offered for free at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds so as many people as possible can benefit. We do not get grants and all donations go towards running the Centre. You can donate when you arrive at the Centre or online by clicking the link on the right.