Green Tara and Vajrasattva retreat
Our Green Tara and Vajrasattva retreat is usually held in between Christmas and New Year.
This Retreat can help clear away negative emotions, distractions, and confusion, allowing peace and joy into your life — a wonderful way to prepare for the New Year.
Green Tara is the action principal and mother of all the Buddhas. She acts quickly for the removal of all obstacles, and speeds the success of all our wishes. She offers protection from the eight great fears, which affect us all. These fears manifest as pride, delusion, anger, envy, wrong views, avarice, attachment and doubt. Tara helps all those who suffer from these inner negative emotions.
By offering praises and requests to Green Tara, the female Buddha of wisdom and active compassion, we increase our fearlessness and swift wisdom, and come under Tara's loving care and protection. Her green-coloured body symbolises that she is the fully purified wind element of all the Buddhas and can respond swiftly to the prayers of those in need. In lifetime after lifetime, Tara has manifested in female form to demonstrate that enlightenment is attainable by men and women alike.
Vajrasattva is the embodiment of the consciousness of all the Buddhas, appearing in the aspect of a white-coloured Deity specifically to purify living beings' negativity. He is the same nature as Buddha Vajradhara, differing only in aspect.
c It removes and cleanses stress, worry and negative emotions and helps us to rejuvenate. It brings about a profound cleansing of both major and minor misdeeds we may have committed.
A good time to practise this meditation is at night, before going to sleep.
What a tranquil retreat it turned out to be! With Green Tara and Vajrasattva as the core, the days quickly settled into a peaceful round of meditations, practice and teachings. And what teachings! Even regular Green Tara practitioners found new depths and meaning from Khenpo’s words, the Vajrasattva instructions brought the ritual to vibrant life, and repetition increased its impact as the retreat progressed.