Conflict in Our World – “Our job is to pray”
In these dangerous and uncertain times, Venerable Geshe-la is urging Kadampa practitioners to join together to pray, in particular to make prayers to Arya Tara, a female Buddha known as the “Swift Rescuer” of living beings in peril.
Jampa Ling will therefore be hosting a traditional 24-hour Tara retreat March 1-2. The retreat will consist of six 75-minute sessions (one every 4 hours over a 24-hour period). Using the prayer booklet, Liberation from Sorrow – Prayers and Requests to the 21 Taras, we will collectively call upon this enlightened being, who has a long and close connection to Kadampa Buddhists, to bestow her blessings upon all living beings, especially those who are experiencing the sufferings of war at this time, and to guide the minds of the world’s leaders towards wise and compassionate decision-making.
The first session will begin at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 1. Subsequent sessions will be held at 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday, and at 1:00 am, 5:00 am and 9:00 am on Wednesday. The first three sessions will be available both live-stream and in person at the Centre, while the remaining three will be available through live-stream only. Join as many sessions as you wish.
“In general, prayers made by an assembly of many practitioners are very powerful and cannot be compared to the prayers of one or two people. The scriptures give the analogy of a broom. If we try to clean a floor with a few bristles we shall make little progress, but if we gather many bristles to make a broom we shall be successful.” (Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso)
The prayer booklet Liberation from Sorrow is available from Tharpa Publications in different formats.