Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa will bestow the complete empowerment of Chittamani Tara, a highest yoga tantra practice in April, 2020.
The two-day empowerment will be followed by five days of comprehensive teachings on Chittamani Tara, accompanied by evening practice sessions. Translation into English will be most kindly offered by Artemus B. Engle, Ph.D. This teaching retreat will be held at Claggett Conference Center, a lovely residential retreat center in Adamstown, Maryland.
Attendees must have previously taken an empowerment at the level of highest yoga tantra and honor a daily lifelong practice commitment, starting after the empowerment.
We welcome you to learn more about this rare and precious opportunity and to join us from April 2 through 9, 2020.
Tara, the Swift Liberator, is one of the most accessible Buddhas for us to relate to. With her graceful emerald body, gently smiling face, and the radiant jewel-emanations of her virtue, she extends her right leg in a gesture signifying her readiness to immediately come to our aid. She protects us from the Eight Great Fears, which represent real dangers such as thieves and false imprisonment as well as more subtle inner dangers.
“Tara sees all sentient beings as her only child,” as His Holiness Sakya Trizin movingly explained. “Every mother loves her child, particularly those mothers with only one child. In their minds, they are constantly thinking about that child, the welfare and well-being of that child. Tara has such great compassion and such great love that all sentient beings are her only child, without any discrimination or exception.”
Called the Mother of all Buddhas, Arya Tara manifests the activities of all enlightened beings.
Many beautiful and profound methods of practice to Tara exist, from the simple recitation of her mantra to the melodic chanting of Praises to 21 Taras, all manifestations of Tara’s wish to help us in any way she can. Dharma practitioners devoted to Arya Tara can meaningfully practice to her in any of these ways.
Those who wish to practice in the most extensive way, though, place tremendous value on Chittamani Tara. This highest yoga tantra level of practice, including the generation and completion stages as well as her uniquely beautiful body mandala, is completely contained in the Chittamani Tara sadhana. Arya Tara continues to manifest in her highly relatable simple form with one face and two arms, but as Chittamani Tara, she holds the stem of a blue utpala flower in each hand. She is the completely and fully realized transcendent deity appearing as the most skillful, radiant, loving and accessible mother.
Chittamani Tara offers tantric practitioners a highly distinctive approach, exquisitely beautiful and uniquely expansive. Tara herself said, “For the person who wishes to practice according to my sadhana of highest yoga tantra, it is an extremely swift yoga.*”
*Note: As described by the great Pabongkha Rinpoche quoted in “Secret Revelations of Chittamani Tara” translated by David Gonsalez.