Teachings on Tara at Chagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling, São Paulo
We practice Dharma to be awakened, for enlightenment. But how do we long for something so abstract and un-longeable? Buddhist teachings use human psychology as a stepping stone for the path. In this case, shunyata appears as a shape, colour, 21 forms, etc. Our longing for a mother, sister, protector takes us to Tara; it makes us approach the deity. That longing then becomes a communication link.
Deity is all to do with our perception. It’s not like Tara existed before we knew her. How she communicates and functions depends entirely on how we relate to her. According to how wholeheartedly we relate to her, in that same way we will have communication from her.
“The main thing is remembering her — anytime, anywhere, however short, even if it is a few moments, remembering Tara and considering that as a proper practice and being happy with that.”
Pay her a visit at the Khyentse Foundation Tara Altar.
Onsite Translation: Portuguese
Photo by Pedro Pacheco