West London Buddhist Centre

Online Retreat: Letting Go and Waking Up

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 Day 3

 

Resources for Day 3:

 

‘Vajrasattva represents the beginningless purity of your deepest nature’
Vessantara

 

Junktions | Buddhist, Buddhist art, Buddha art

 

Friday 10.30am

Talk by Prajnanita on the Third Reminder – Karma
Reflections on Karma
Vajrasattva mantra led by Prajnanita
short break
Thoughts on the Metta Bhavana 
Poem 
Metta Bhavana meditation

 

 

We look with uncertainty
beyond the old choices for
clear-cut answers
to a softer, more permeable aliveness
which is every moment
at the brink of death;
for something new is being born in us
if we but let it.
We stand at a new doorway,
awaiting that which comes…
daring to be human creatures,
vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.
Anne Hillman

 

Friday 4pm
 

Prajnanita on the quality of kindness
More reflections on Karma
Q & A

 

 

 

Green Tara Tibetan Thangka Painting, Buddhist & Traditional Art –  Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture

 

Friday 7pm
 

Some thoughts from Ratnadeva on Green Tara as archetypal Buddha of Compassion 
Green Tara Visualisation
Green Tara Puja

 

 

 

Green Tara Puja
WORSHIP

Heart of compassion,
For whom no thought of self
Could ever arise,
Committed to the welfare of the world, You encourage your devotees
To express their love for you
By serving all beings.

So, out of devotion to you, I offer to all beings
The fruits of your heart: To each individual being

I give without end
Cool lakes and rivers
So they may bathe in your compassion;
Sweet food and drink
So they may feast on your compassion;
The sun, moon and stars
So they may be lit by your compassion;
Rich breezes, full of perfume and flower scents
So they may breathe your compassion;
Music of birds and instruments
So their minds may be filled with your compassion.

SALUTATION

Midnight star,
Lighting up the northern sky,

With the brilliance of your love,

You who are worshipped
Even by the loving gods,
To Tara I pay homage.

Sweet breath of all the Buddhas,

Perfuming the world
With the scent of your compassion,

You who are worshipped

Even by the compassionate gods,

To Tara I pay homage.

Great archer of the Sugatas,
Striking down the Hydra-heads of jealousy

With the unfailing arrows
Of your sympathetic joy,
You who are worshipped
Even by the joyful gods,
To Tara I pay homage.

Victory banner of the supreme Dharma,

Raised standard of the Victorious Ones,

Planted in the firm soil of equanimity,

You who are worshipped

Even by the equanimous gods,

To Tara I pay homage.

GOING FOR REFUGE

Mysterious Queen,
In the deep midnight of despair,

When there is no safety,
No clarity,
No certainty,
You appear.

With your gift-bestowing hand

You hold the double vajra
In which all opposites unite.

May I accept the wisdom that you offer,

See beyond the prison of duality,
And emulate your still activity.

Where samsara and nirvana

Fuse and disappear
There I go for refuge.

Where birth and death

Fuse and disappear

There I go for refuge.

Where wisdom and compassion 7

Fuse and appear everywhere

There I go for refuge.

CONFESSION OF FAULTS

Fearless lady, powerful queen,

You who save beings
From the Eight Great Terrors,

Please rescue me

From the thousand and eight fears and anxieties
That possess my mind.

Before you I confess
To all the commonplace worries and anxieties

That fill my day,
So that I rarely take
An easy breath:
The fear that stops me trying,
The fear that creates a façade,
The fear of being with others,
The fear of being alone,
The fear that makes me harsh, tight, and unkind,

The fear of not getting what I want
That makes me grabbing and self-concerned.

Before you I confess

The deep fears:

Fear of madness,
Fear of death,
Fear of life,
Fear of anything
Beyond the tortoise shell

Of my own ego.

Before you I confess
Most of all
The fears that hold me back
From giving myself to the Dharma:

Fear of commitment to the Path,

Fear of change,
Fear of renunciation,
Fear of generosity,
Fear of courage,
Fear of going deeper,
Fear of freedom,
Fear of wisdom,
Fear of devoting myself to all beings.

These fears did not arise by themselves,

They stem from a million choices and acts

In many lives –
Choosing unawareness,
Choosing lack of courage,
Choosing to bury my head in samsara.

Please forgive me,
And help me
To lay these fears at your feet

May you pacify them all.

O loving Tara,
Please take my shaking hand in yours,

And gently form it
Into the mudra of fearlessness.

REJOICING IN MERITS

O joyful Tara
Titans rejoice in their own conquests,
Their one source of happiness is themselves;

You rejoice in the good deeds of all beings,

So you have infinite sources of delight.

Fearlessly and free from envy

I rejoice in the achievements

Of all those who bring

Beauty, peace and courage

To the world.

Fearlessly and free from envy
I rejoice in the spiritual heroes and heroines,

Those victorious ones
Who conquer self-conceit.

Fearlessly and free from envy

I rejoice in you,
The emerald goddess,
And in your endless selfless activity

That accomplishes all deeds.

Fearlessly and free from envy
I rejoice in your intimate care for the world,

So that every leaf,
Every blade of grass,
Is soaked with the green
Of your compassion.

ENTREATY AND SUPPLICATION

Love travels faster than sound,

Swifter than light,
It traverses the galaxy
In a moment.

O Queen of Great Compassion,

Wherever your love is needed

It is instantly there.

Caught in the hurricane of suffering

Its winds tearing
At my body and mind,
I have only to call your name:

Tara, Tara, Tara!
And the gales of longing and fear

Are pacified.

Who could have imagined

That those two tiny syllables

Could contain so much love

Tender love,

Fearless love,

The love of all the Buddhas.

May I and all beings
Always call on you:
Tara, Tara, Tara!
And in response
May you shower the Dharma

Of your great love

Instantly
Upon us all.

DEDICATION

May the merits of this praise
Ring out like a vajra bell,
Playing always Tara’s name,
The gentle heartbeat of compassion.

Vajra bell of Tara’s love,

Echoing through time and space,

May your sounding never cease

Its voyage out beyond the stars.

Vajra bell of Tara’s love,

Rescuing beings in every realm,

May your sounding never cease

Until all suffering has gone.

Vajra bell of Tara’s love,

Ringing gently in my heart,

May your sounding never cease

Till you and I
Are one at last.

by Vessantara

 

 

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