Monday, December 20, 2010

Green Tara Practice

This is the 40th entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 04.11.2010.


Drupon Sangyas:

"Green Tara practice is beneficial during periods of having obstacles in your life. The Green Tara always helps when you suffer mentally or physically, for she has love and compassion for all sentient beings.

Our health depends on how strong our belief is. If we show strong devotion, we receive strong support. How does it work? It manifests from a pure Bodhicitta mind and from love for all beings, including the beings of the six lower realms.

Unhappiness is rooted in the ego, desire and jealousy. Our suffering is not real - it is an illusion, and so is attachment."


We opened up our little yellow booklets, the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, to read a few verses and contemplate on them.


Verse 30 in the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva:

"Since five perfections without wisdom
Cannot bring perfect enlightenment,
Along with skillful means cultivate the wisdom
which does not conceive the three spheres [as real] -
This is the practice of a Bodhisattva."


Verse 31 in the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva:

"If you do not examine your errors,
You may look like a practitioner but not act as one.
Therefore, always examining your own errors,
Rid yourself of them -
This is the practice of a Bodhisattva."


Verse 32 in the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva:

"If through the influence of disturbing emotions
You point out the faults of another Bodhisattva,
You yourself are diminished, so do not mention the faults
Of those who have entered the Great Vehicle -
This is the practice of a Bodhisattva."


*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.

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