Inviting Green Tara: An Illustrated Talk and Tibetan Buddhist Ritual

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Inviting Green Tara: An Illustrated Talk and Tibetan Buddhist Ritual

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Description

Mandala making is part of a distinctive religious practice called tantra or vajrayana. The practitioner of the Tara tantra chants a liturgy that describes Tara and the cosmos, symbolized by the mandala, but in three dimensions. As he chants, he visualizes the three dimensional mandala and visualizes Tara within it; then he suddenly becomes Tara and visualizes doing feats of vast generosity and healing. The chanting is done in an unusual and distinctive manner; the monks employ a tone so low that it generates overtones, so that each monk is singing a chord. They also use bells, drums, and sometimes a kind of oboe. Before the puja begins, Prof. Cozort gives a short illustrated talk about Tara, the mandala, and the puja, making the connection between what the monks are doing and Buddhist insights into greed, delusion, and ill-will as the roots of environmental degradation and consumerism.

Publication Date

11-17-2015

Department

Religion

Keywords

Green Tara, mandala, Buddhism, Tibetan monks, Buddha of Enlightened Activity, puja, greed, delusion, ill-will, environmental degradation, consumerism

Disciplines

Buddhist Studies

Inviting Green Tara: An Illustrated Talk and Tibetan Buddhist Ritual
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