Join us this Sunday, April 23rd, at 4pm to drum for rain! The drum circle will be at the Guru Rinpoche statue at the entrance to the Peace Park, across the street from the temple. We will be chanting Tara mantra as we drum, praying for rain to ease the drought. All are welcome!
Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and any drums you have – the more the merrier! If you don’t have any drums, there may be extra available. Either way, you can chant along with everyone.
The Tara mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA (pronounced om tar-ray too-tar-ray too-ray so-ha).
Tara is considered to be the mother of all the Buddhas, beloved for her swift compassionate activity that focuses on liberating beings from fear, anxiety, and danger. As a Bodhisattva, (and perhaps ahead of her time as a feminist) she made the vow that she would always return in female form to benefit sentient beings. In truth, she is the embodiment of our true nature, wisdom and compassion. Meditating on Tara helps us awaken to our innate Buddha nature and cultivate her virtuous qualities.
Although she comes in many forms, she is typically depicted with a beautiful appearance, smiling, and adorned with a crown. Her mantra is
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA