UPDATED! More info on April 12 Worldwide Broadcast of Rinpoche's 21-Day Tara Puja for Khyentse Foundation
Published on 10 April 2017
On March 24, 2017, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche began a 21-day Tara puja in Chauntra at Dzongsar Khyentse Lödro College of Dialectics (DKLCI) to pay homage to Tara. Rinpoche personally offered this puja to thank Tara for her support of Khyentse Foundation and to supplicate her to continue to help the Dharma flourish. Since the foundation began in 2001, they have had 15 amazing years, and this is Rinpoche's way of recognizing the protection and guidance of Tara and all the buddhas and bodhisattvas.
On April 12, the final day of the Tara puja, Rinpoche and Khyentse Foundation invite the global sangha to join a live recitation of the Praises to the 21 Taras. It will be broadcast with live color commentary beginning at 3 PM Himachal Pradesh India time (see global times below).
• There are 45 spots available for groups to join via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/119307913 and be part of the visual mosaic.
• All others can tune in as viewers on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCASNNEsln8ChsvOHPSlA47Q
• Viewers in China can join via YY 73135281
• Or Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/119307913?pwd=&status=success
The Tara Puja in Rinpoche's Words:
“All the buddhas and bodhisattvas are in essence the same. Buddhas transcend all kinds of shape, color, form, and labels like gender. Likewise Tara comes in many manifestations. Tara is ultimately none other than the nature of your own mind. She is not really a he or a she or green or white. She doesn't necessarily have many hands or two hands. But since we are so deluded, we can only understand through references like numbers, colors, shape, tangible things, which is why we have Aryatara and the other 21 manifestations. These are the principle mandala of the puja we are doing this time.”
<“I and Khyentse Foundation decided specifically to supplicate to Tara for several reasons. One, KF has this aspiration to be a patron to practitioners and students of Buddhadharma and to assist those in whose mind and heart the Dharma is beginning to grow. And for that we need protection and guidance. Our courage should not wane, we should not lose our strength, and for that we need Tara's blessing. Also, wrong view is one of the most vicious obstacles of the 21st century, and I think this is going to be an ongoing problem, especially for the next generation. So in order for us and all sentient beings to be protected from wrong view, we planned to pray and do this grand Tara puja, which I'm very happy about."
Only the India time is for sure. Please check your own clocks to make sure these conversions are correct
Bir, India 3 PM
California 2:30 AM
New York 5:30 AM
Rio 5:30 AM
London 9:30 AM
Berlin 11:30 AM
Singapore 5:30 PM
Sydney 9:30 PM
Auckland 10:30 PM
The sadhanas can be found here
Rinpoche composed this ode to Tara on Monday, April 3, 2017
Great Bhagavati Arya Tara,
Dispel all the defilements of myself and all sentient beings.
Lead us to achieve enlightenment swiftly.
In our lifetimes may we experience favorable circumstances.
May outer and inner obstacles to enlightenment,
Such as disease, untimely death, nightmares, bad omens and fears, be dispelled.
May our minds turn to the dharma.
Force us to be diligent, compel us see your face.
Provoke us to realize shunyata, the ultimate Bodhicitta.
Cause our rebirth in the realm of Amitabha.
How beautiful you are!
May we become like you.
Through this supplication, wherever we may be,
May there be no poverty, famine, or disputes.
May the dharma prevail