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21 Taras Meditation Retreat

March 13, 2015 - March 20, 2015

Green Tara Retreat

Join us for a week-long retreat where we will study, contemplate and immerse ourselves in “Tara” – an archetype of support and nourishment, protection and encouragement.  Tara is a female bodhisattva, a being who delays their own Buddhahood or entry into nirvana in order to assist and alleviate the suffering of others. She is known as a saviouress and as the “mother of liberation” from suffering.  View the introductory video about the 21 Taras below.

Introduction Video with Doug & Catherine on the 21 Taras:

What are the benefits of the practice of Tara?

In contemporary parlance we’d say Tara supports us as we transcend unwholesome states and integrate psychological shadow material.

The following are some of the benefits traditionally associated with the Tara practice:

Has the power to dispel poisons such as toxic unwholesome states of being

Guards us from both mental and physical dis-ease

Dispels conflict, including unpleasant dreams

Liberates “hosts of troublesome spirits” and “raised corpses”

About the 21 Taras

Tara – her name also means “star” – has 21 primary emanations, each of which performs a different kind of emancipating activity. As the female Bodhisattva of Enlightened Activity, Tara manifests in four ways, one for each of the four kinds of enlightened activity: pacification, augmentation, subjugation and wrath.

White Tara represents the enlightened activity of pacification, including the overcoming of sickness, causes of untimely death, and obstacles to success in one’s life or one’s spiritual practice.

Yellow Tara performs the enlightened activity of increasing the positive qualities conducive to a long life, peace, happiness and success in one’s spiritual practice.

Red Tara undertakes the enlightened activity of power, or overpowering external forces that cannot be tamed through the first two activities. This would include, for example, removing obstacles to sickness, untimely death, etc., and establishing conducive conditions for one’s spiritual practice.

Black Tara performs the enlightened activity of wrath. This involves using energetic methods to accomplish enlightened purposes when they cannot be accomplished through other means.

Each of these four Enlightened Activity Taras is associated with an additional four Taras, every one of which helps us to alleviate one of the 16 fears that humans are subject to according to the classic Buddhist canon.

Wong Kur / Initiation

The retreat will include at least one Tibetan-style empowerment (Wong Kur).

Dāna

This retreat is offered by Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the basis of dāna, or generosity practice. Learn more about dāna.

What others say

Doug and Catherine teach the Vajrayana with great skill and means. Their ability to shift, weave and embrace each moment with different kinds of students is amazing. One of the jewels they teach and transmit is deity practice, or arising yoga. I have experienced many of their wongkur initiations and find them powerful and liberative experiences that also provide tools of great value in my day-to-day practice.
Cara Conroy-Low
Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine / Seed Stalk Flower

 Location & Registration

This retreat is held at Clear Sky Center.  Visit the Clear Sky 21 Tara Retreat page for registration, accommodation & meal fees.

Details

Start:
March 13, 2015
End:
March 20, 2015
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.clearskycenter.org/retreats/meditation-retreats/145-21-taras

Organizer

Clear Sky Meditation Centre
Phone:
250-429-3929
Website:
www.clearskycenter.org

Venue

Clear Sky Retreat Centre
Bull River Valley
Cranbrook,BCV0B1N0Canada
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Website:
http://www.clearskycenter.org/group-retreats/schedule#/event/235/weekend-retreat-how-to-go-beyond-happiness