H.E. Ling Rinpoche - Tibetan Buddhist White Tara Initiation!
We are incredibly lucky to secure a chance to meet His Eminence Ling Rinpoche who has kindly agreed to give a White Tara Long Life Initiation (Jenang) on the morning of the Easter Bank Holiday Monday 22 April Protected content .
His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche Biography
His Eminence Ling Rinpoche is a lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, very close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a key lineage holder of many practices and teaching lineages. He teaches in English and has a delightful warm and kind manner. Completing his traditional monastic education in the refounded Drepung Loseling monastery in India he has started travelling outside of Asia to make the teachings of Buddhism available to the wider world. Rinpoche is the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's senior tutor who played a key role as the Ganden throne holder, the head of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, in the early days of exile from Communist Chinese oppression in Tibet.
The White Tara initiation is a marvellous entry point for experiencing the uplifting beauty of the Tibetan tradition of Buddhist Tantra and can be taken as a blessing as well as a practice commitment, depending on your wishes and ability.
White Tara is the fully enlightened female Buddha associated with improving health and lifespan, positive spiritual energy and liberating wisdom.
Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tib. སྒྲོལ་མ, Dölma), Ārya Tārā, or White Tara, also known as Jetsun Dölma (Tibetan language: rje btsun sgrol ma) in Tibetan Buddhism, is an important figure in Buddhism. She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism, and as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is known as the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. She is known as Tara Bosatsu (多羅菩薩) in Japan, and occasionally as Duōluó Púsà (多羅菩薩) in Chinese Buddhism.
Tārā is a meditation deity worshiped by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and to understand outer, inner and secret teachings such as karuṇā (compassion), mettā (loving-kindness), and shunyata (emptiness). Tārā may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphors for Buddhist virtues.
There is also recognition in some schools of Buddhism of twenty-one Tārās. A practice text entitled Praises to the Twenty-One Taras, is the most important text on Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. Another key text is the Tantra Which is the Source for All the Functions of Tara, Mother of All the Tathagatas.
The main Tārā mantra is the same for Buddhists and Hindus alike: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā. It is pronounced by Tibetans and Buddhists who follow the Tibetan traditions as oṃ tāre tu tāre ture soha. The literal translation would be “Oṃ O Tārā, I pray O Tārā, O Swift One, So Be It!.”
Some useful information
• Donations are welcome at the door on the day of the event.
• Door opening time at 10:00 am
• Door closing time at 10:50 am
• No food and drinks allowed inside the venue
• Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington (Circle & District)
• Buses: 9,10,27,28,49,52,70
• Public car park Protected content underneath the Town Hall
• Accessible to visitors with disabilities.
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