A Discourse With YesheRabbit
Topic: Concluding Green Tara Practices
Date: April 29, 2014
So, tonight, we are having Tea & Chanting Sangha. We are chanting our last group practice for Green Tara, with our last practice for Green Tara tomorrow night. We’ve just begun our 30 Days of Vajrasattva practice and, for those of you who are following along with that, we’ll probably do one group practice of Vajrasattva in the next month. Next week, we’re going to be doing a special working with Guan Yin. We’re going to actually be working with the Korean form of Guan Yin, who is Guanse-yeum. That has a special meaning to me, which I’ll share with you next Tuesday.
But for tonight, we are bringing our focus, once more, to the turning of the tide on sexual predation in the Pagan community - that Green Tara leap into swift action and be of assistance to individuals in their discernment about right action, for those must be the defenders and those who take a stand against it, as well as those who are self arising in personal responsibility for their own behavior. And also for those who are seeking to educate and protect themselves. May this effort yield widespread success within our community and, I dare say, be a model that can be beneficial for all beings in the fight against sexual predation.
We’re working with Green Tara because, historically and practically, Green Tara offers swift results. In a teaching lecture on Green Tara, with Lama Tsultrim, she discussed how most of the yidams (meditational deities) in Tibetan Buddhism are considered to be aspects of the self or objects of reflections and devotion, as opposed to inherently existent. She spoke of how Green Tara does appear, however, to have inherent manifestation qualities. And so, it is in that spirit, which feels very Pagan - although Lama Tsultrim is very careful not to refer to herself as Pagan and is very traditional in her Buddhism - we honor that this meshes very well with Pagan beliefs. Which is, to me, in the spirit of what His Holiness suggests in his book Beyond Religion*, which is that we utilize understanding of Tibetan Buddhist methodology within the context of whatever
culture and religion we find ourselves in. And so, as Pagans, it feels really appropriate to lift our voices for this last time, tonight, together as a sangha for this result.
May it be of benefit to all beings.
________________________________________________________________________ * H.H. The Dalai Lama. Beyond religion: ethics for a whole world. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2011. Print.