Date(s) -Aug 27 2017
10:45 am - 12:30 pm
The Fellowship of the Inner Light
We are delighted and blessed to have Tara White as our speaker August 27th!
Speaker bio: Tara White is delighted to present an Introduction to Buddha Tara – Tibetan Goddess of love, compassion, mercy and swift rescue. Tara will also touch upon her integration of Christ Consciousness and Buddhist beliefs. Tara White is a counselor-in-residence with a therapy practice located here at FIL. She is also the director of Inner Light Playback Theater – performing meaningful, improvisational shows that examine and celebrate all of life’s experiences.
Tara: Mother of Tibetan Buddhism
Tara, “Mother of All Buddhas”, “Goddess of Compassion”, “The Saviouress”, is much beloved in Tibet. Tara (meaning “star” in Sanskrit) is Buddha in female form. Like Siddhartha who had become Buddha in male form, she had once been an ordinary person. Thousands of years ago, her name had been Yeshe Dawa, meaning “Wisdom Moon”. She vowed to attain enlightenment and to forever manifest in female form to relieve all beings from suffering. Her lovely, uplifting spiritual practices include meditation, visualization, ritual, mantras, and dance. The purpose of the Tara practice is to perfect compassion within oneself, relieve all suffering of all beings in all dimensions, and attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. Integrating the divine feminine energy of Tara into oneself is widely practiced in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Tara “The Swift Rescuer” has 21 forms of immediate assistance. Each colorful form is specifically suited to expel various obstacles to enlightenment or grant what is needed on the path to perfection. Her two most popular forms are Green Tara (embodies all the freely giving characteristics of Goddess Tara) and White Tara (Goddess of Healing, Longevity and Wish Fulfillment). Goddess Tara can also be easily related to the feminine manifestation of Christ Consciousness. Wikipedia states “She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from karma. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings as a mother does for her children.”