It is time to integrate the teachings the retreatants have received through the Green Tara practice. This means the oral transmission of the practice that our Guru Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche explains to us every day, and the practical instructions of the ritual which are taught to us by Lama Lodro Lhamo. Each and every activity in this retreat is carefully organized and has a close connection that enables us to have a thorough understanding of the practice.
We dedicate 3 hours daily to this practice between the morning and afternoon sessions. The gompa is the place where all the activities for the teaching and our practice sessions take place. This is why it is ideal that participants come in minutes ahead, so that when we formally begin, we are prepared. In the morning we are directed by Lama Lodro Lhamo and in the afternoon by Lama Karma.
It was our Guru Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche who proposed that Lama Lodro Lhamo direct the practice, because she has been in charge of the Tara Retreat for 3 years at KTD. Her knowledge of this practice is ample and precise. She guides the participants with much patience, explaining different aspects of the practice such as the use of music, instruments, mudras and the endless details that make this experience so complete and rich in terms of mastering it and understanding its rich symbolism.
Once we are united in the gompa, we sit in a confortable place and prepare our sadhana, as well as the bell and dorje required to practice. Lama Lodro Lhamo and Lama Karma, Lama Karuna Tara and Venerable Dämcho, as well as the nuns from the Dharmadatta Community and the KTD nuns all assist in the many preparations required for our sessions, by putting out the bells and dorjes and other instruments that will be used at specific times. The different sized drums (Nga), the trumpet (Gya Ling), the conch (Ding Kar) and cymbals are among the instruments we use. Preparation for each session includes the proper physical and mental disposition on the part of each participant.
This practice has four texts; the main text is named “The Essence of the Two Accumulations, A Mandala Ritual”. And little by little, the participants are becoming acquainted with them. The daily Tara practice motivates participants to develop multiple abilities. In the beginning the combination of mudras, instruments and the reading of the Sadhana seems like an almost impossible challenge. But little by little the details are working themselves out and we are becoming more and more familiar with the tempos and feel supported by each other as we follow along together.
In the morning and afternoon all the retreatants along with the monastic community chant the mantras together, and when we hear the sound of the drums, trumpets, conchs and cymbals, we know the celebration has begun. The celebration in which each one of us becomes one with Tara, as we recognize her as the source of everything, the clear light of our own minds.
RETIRO DE TARA VERDE, KTD 2014
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