Note: Ven. Amy Miller will be joining us on February 23.
Cittamani Tara, the highest yoga tantra manifestation of the deity Tara, can lead us to liberation and enlightenment within a single lifetime. Tara, a female personification of the enlightened mind, is known as Tara the Liberator, an embodiment of enlightened activity, and mother of all the buddhas. On this ultimate level, she manifests perfect wisdom.
Cittamani Tara Puja is a practice that invokes Cittamani Tara, well-known as a source of swift assistance in all temporal and spiritual matters. She is called upon to bring success – including for situations involving family, relationships, business, and career – and for protection from all negativities and fears. She is also invoked in times of emergency, personal distress and difficulty, health problems, for the quick removal of obstacles, and when rapid wisdom is needed.
The Cittamani Tara Puja includes four mandala offerings, fourfold offerings including flowers, optional prostrations, and a twofold recitation of the Praises to the 21 Taras. This puja is a powerful support for our Dharma practice and achieving our temporal and ultimate goals:
There are so many inner obstacles to the development of your mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. 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)
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has specifically advised that the Cittamani Tara Puja be practiced by Shantideva Meditation Center.
Date and time:
Friday, February 23 from 7pm to 9pm
Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Open. All are welcome.
You are welcome to sponsor all or part of this puja. Full sponsorship would be $100 USD. Great merit is generated through your contribution of any amount:
If someone offers a small flower or rice to a Buddha statue, a stupa or scripture then the benefit extends from then up to Enlightenment. Amazing, amazing. It is said in the sutra Piled Flowers, on top of that benefit, you achieve ultimate happiness – liberation from the causes of delusion and karma and on top of that full Enlightenment – all the realizations and omniscient mind.
– Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche