Tara Month at the KTC – December 7 thru January 7

For four Sundays, December 17, December 24, December 31 and January 7, from 10am -11am, we will share what we know about the Green Tara practice with you. Earlier in the morning on each of these days, from 8:30am – 9:30am, we will do the practice. We will be using the KTD text (same text just easier to copy, 8½ by 11) – and it will be available for purchase, at cost.

To make sure the practice takes no more than an hour and give us time to explain things, we will do fewer recitations of the 21 Tara mantra (the same one we are accumulating) – 1, 2 and 3 (as they do at KTD.) rather than the standard 2, 3 and 7.

If you never had any particular interest in Tara Practice but are interested in knowing more about Vajrayana Sadhanas, this may also possibly be interesting to you.

Larry and Beth Keenan have practiced the 21 Tara Sadhana (the mandala practice) for over 20 years – the two have favorite teachings and materials that were used to learn the practice, mainly from Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the brilliant Lama Yeshe Gyamtso.

The Green Tara Sadhana We Practice is a Mind Terma.

Terma teachings originate with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who concealed many sacred teachings in such a manner that they would be discovered at appropriate times in the future, when beings would be ready to receive and understand those particular teachings.

The hidden teachings themselves are called terma, and the individuals foretold by Guru Rinpoche’s prophesies who discover these hidden teachings are known as tertons.

There are many different kinds of Terma, such as earth treasures, water treasures, and so forth.

The Green Tara sadhana is what is called “thought terma,” or gong ter.
Among the 1,002 named tertons, there are 108 individuals who are said to be great tertons, or Ter Chen.

Supreme among all of these was Orgyen Dechen Chokjur Lingpa, who discovered the Green Tara Practice as a mind terma.

The sadhana arose from the expanse of his mind in the way that water can suddenly spring from a rock where there was no water before.

This mind treasure arose in a cave called Peme Shelpuk, the “Crystal Cave of Pema.”

— from Bardor Tulku’s “The Practice of Green Tara”

All the Ways to Donate to A Stupa

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Many Ways to Give
How to Donate to Make a Stupa in Texas!

1. If you are a member on MindBody.com, here is the donation page.(Visitors can also register and donate.) Major credit cards (no AmEx)

 
Perfect for people who are out of town or may not want to register on MindBodyonline. The interface is very nice and easy to use.
 
3. The old-fashioned check, made out to KTC Dallas and with “Stupa” written in the notes section, has no processing fees and is always very welcome. Send to KTC Dallas, 1000 Armeda Avenue, Irving Texas 75061, or hand the check to Guy Stewart or Jared Hughes.
 
4. Bringing necessary supplies. Lama Rinpoche will make requests as we go along.
 
5. Forward emails about the stupa to your various social media accounts; explain to people what one is and why we are building it.
 
6. Helping the people who are working on the stupa. Cleaning.
 
Questions? Guy Stewart and Jared Hughes know what you need to know.
 
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