This is the fifteenth entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 28.08.2010.
"There are 21 different Taras. In Tibetan, they do not distinguish them as 'white' or 'green', they simply call the deity 'Tara'.
Ten years ago I asked H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche what kind of practices we need to do in Estonia and he answered, "Green Tara".
The Green Tara will always be there when you pray. We must visualize that the room we are in is the dharma room during practice.
We need to forget all the good and the bad people, and accumulate good karma. You must have trust in Tara and be devoted when praying to her.
A female bodhisattva has twice the compassion of a male. A bodhisattva's mind is more peaceful.
Unlike animals, we have more chances to become enlightened because we are able to tell the difference between what is good and what is bad.
Happiness is temporary and we are not yet free of suffering. If you want to become a buddhist your mind needs to have order: less anger, jealousy etc. You must be humble and not develop your ego and your pride, and you should solve whatever problems you have immediately instead of letting it get worse. Buddhists live in the present moment.
Confession is the most important Buddhist virtue. If we don't have loving kindness we will never be free from Samsara. Thoughts can be very powerful. For example, if you want to go to India you must think of it and wish for it a lot, and pray to Tara.
Milarepa reached enlightenment due to a hard life and lots of practice. But here in the West we are too comfortable. We have everything yet we are still unhappy. To create good karma we must have good thoughts. We should have compassion for everyone."
I asked Drupon Sangyas what is the best mantra for eliminating emotional pain and he replied, "The Green Tara".
*Important side note: These diary entries do not reflect every word the teacher said, and there may be some mistakes or misunderstandings, for which I am sorry and accept responsibility. In a few instances, I have interjected my own interpretation or explanation.