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Worldwide Green Tara Practice in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
From Sunday, 9. May 2021
To Sunday, 22. August 2021
Online via Zoom and YouTube live:
Every Sunday until Aug. 22, 7-8pm
Indian Standard Time (GMT+5.5)
 

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate many parts of the world, Root Institute is arranging weekly Green Tara group practice sessions to help quell the tremendous suffering brought on by the pandemic. The Green Tara practice has been especially recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the primary practice for these troubled times. In general, Green Tara is the manifestation of all of the enlightened activities of the Buddhas. Her practice is highly praised for removing obstacles and bringing quick success in our virtuous activities.

We will "pause" this series after the session on August 22, 2021. 

As Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said, "Tara is quick to grant success in obtaining the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. You receive much good merit, or cause of happiness; it prevents a suffering rebirth in your next life; you receive initiation from millions of buddhas; and you achieve enlightenment."

Join us on Sundays for an hour-long session in which we will do the Green Tara sadhana, recite the praises to the twenty-one Taras and offer extensive dedication prayers including the King of Prayers for all our holy gurus and sentient beings, including all those who are sick and all those who have died. You can submit the names of those who are sick and those who have passed away in the past seven weeks to . These sessions will be led alternately by Venerable Tenzin Namjong and Venerable Tenzin Legtsok.

 
Green Tara
 
We strongly encourage you to use this Tara Sadhana, https://shop.fpmt.org/A-Short-Practice-of-Green-Tara-eBook-PDF-_p_3028.html although the Venerables will do a screen share. If Indians have difficulty, they may contact and they will be sent them a copy and they can later pay back in rupees through upi/neft.
 
We will use the Praises to Tara (free download) latest updated version: https://fpmt.app.box.com/s/22kh79r8yihrdl0b7mgk0sct6xyfqmyv
 
We will also recite the King of Prayers for the deceased which is part of the text available (for free download) at: https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/death/8_prayers_a5.pdf
 
 
The YouTube live and Zoom links are as follows:
Zoom link (the same as before):
Meeting ID: 988 5764 1817
Passcode: 052635
 
YouTube live Sundays 7-8pm (India):
All livestreams and recordings in the Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqBPgpB4_xb0TsRu7Q-aX3TWnWP4GlcGb
The earlier recordings may be used by those who wish to do the prayers on their own.
 
For more details, please email:
Participation is open to all. Registration is not needed.
Root Institute is able to survive only through your kind donations, you may donate here: https://www.rootinstitute.ngo/donate

About the Teacher, Ven. Tenzin Namjong:

Born and raised in Hawaii, Venerable Tenzin Namjong studied and trained in Zen and Theravada traditions before embracing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He has been part of the Geshe study program at Sera Je Monastery in Bylakuppe, India since 2007. Venerable Namjong is a registered teacher of the FPMT. 

About the Teacher, Ven. Tenzin Legtsok:

Venerable Legtsok was born in the USA and named Brian, in 1973. After being inspired by explanations of the Lam-Rim and the amazing attitude of Bodhicitta, he became a monk in 2001 and has since taken the full-ordination vows. In 2004, he entered the Geshe studies program at Sera Je Monastery in South India. He is an FPMT accredited teacher.

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.