“There are so many inner
obstacles to the development
of your mind, and these inner
obstacles create many outer
Therefore, for the success
of your Dharma practice,
of your actualizing 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
Tara the Liberator, liberating us from samsara. Tara the Mother, the mother who gives birth to children.
Tara, the female aspect of the Buddha.
Many Indian yogis relied on Tara, including Lama Atisha who depended on Tara throughout his life for instructions. Before accepting Tibetan King Yeshe O’s invitation to re-establish and spread the dharma in Tibet, Lama Atisha asked Tara and then followed her advice. (As you know, Lama Atisha went to Tibet and eventually wrote the famous text, The Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment ,which has led many to reach Enlightenment. )
Maybe we all won’t attain the same greatness as Lama Atisha, but we can build a closer connection to Tara. As Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised, by doing Tara’s prayers and mantras many problems in our life can be solved: liberation from untimely death; help in recovery from disease; bring success in business; help find a job; bring wealth; help couples conceive a child, etc. Through the Tara practice, you can obtain any happiness of this life that you wish.
With the above benefits, it’s no wonder Rinpoche encouraged Do Ngak Sung Juk to start offering the Four Mandala Cittamani Tara Puja on her special day, the 8th of the Tibetan month. The puja includes multiple recitations of Praises to 21 Taras (in Tibetan with Japanese phonetics), mandala offerings and prayers.
Puja participants are encouraged to bring offerings for the altar: fruit, biscuits, rice crackers, etc.