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' SHORT SADHANA OF GREEN TARA '

According to the pure and unbroken
Gelug lineage tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Composed by the First Dalai Lama, Gen-dun Drub
(1391 - 1474 C.E.)

This sadhana practice is intended for those people
who have received this Green Tara Kriya Tantra initiation from a qualified
teacher.


"Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhichitta
To the Enlightened ones, the Dharma and the Spiritual Community
Until Enlightenment I turn for refuge.
By the spiritual energy of this practice,
May I attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all.
[3x]
The Four Immeasurables
May all beings have happiness and its causes,
May they never have suffering or its causes.
May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow;
May the dwell in equal love for both near and far.
[3x]
Everything becomes empty. From within the sphere of emptiness there appears the syllable PAM. This transforms into a lotus bearing the syllable AH. AH transforms into a radiantly white moon-like cushion that covers the stamen of the lotus. Above this is the syllable TAM, the sound of which is the resonance of the ultimate nature of my own mind. TAM transforms into a blue utpala flower marked by the syllable TAM.
Lights radiate forth from the utpala and TAM. delighting all Enlightened beings and fulfilling the needs of all living beings. The lights then withdraw into their sources and the utpala flower together with the syllable TAM transforms into light.
Suddenly I appear (from within the light transformations) as the holy Arya Tara, whose mind is beyond samsara. My body is green in colour and my face reflects a warmly serene smile. My right hand is in the mudra Supreme Generosity and my left in the mudra Bestowing Refuge, the thumb and ring finger of which hold the stem of an utpala that opens into blossom over my left shoulder. I am clothed in silken garments, am adorned by the precious ornaments and I sit in the heroine
posture.
Attained to immmortality, my appearance is that of a sixteen year old. My face is serene yet vivacious, and the syllable OM marks the crown of my head, AH my throat, and HUM my heart.
Invocation of Green Tara
Lights shine forth from the HUM at my heart, inviting Tara of the Rosewood Forest, who, surrounded by a host of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, comes into the space before me.
Absorbing Green Tara into Oneself
DZA HUM BAM HO
The summoned Wisdom Being merges with me inseparably.
Initiation by Enlightened Beings
Once again lights radiate from the TAM at my heart, invoking the Deities of Empowerment.
I request them:
Please bestow initiation upon me.
In response, they come toward me, holding up vases filled with nectars of empowerment, and sprinkle the initiating nectars upon me. The nectars of empowerment enter via the crown of my head, completely filling my body and purifying me of negativities. The excess nectar then overflows from my crown and Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, appears as an ornament above my head.
Thus visualize yourself as a fully empowered Tara.
Consecrating Outer Offerings
Before me appears a set of huge, vast offering vessels made from jewels. Inside of these are the celestially produced substances that in nature are the wisdom of bliss and emptiness, in form are offerings and in function act as objects of the six senses that instill nonsamsaric, transcendental joy.
OM AH HUM
[3x]
Presenting Outer Offerings to Oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for drinking]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PADHYAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for washing]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PÜSHPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [flowers]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [incense]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [light]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA GANDHE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [perfume]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA NAIVIDHYE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [food]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [music]
Praise to oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
Homage to Arya Tara, at whose lotus feet
The gods and non-gods make worship.
Homage to Tara, mother of all Buddhas,
Who heralds freedom from limitation.
Homage to Arya Tara, a beyond-samsara goddess
Whose form is delightful to perceive
And whose precious ornaments shine with splendour
Like stars reflected from an emerald mountain.
Mantra recitation
At one’s heart is a moon disc marked by the syllable TAM with the mantra circling on the perimeter of the disc. As one recites the mantra lights emanate from the syllable TAM and the mantra, performing the various purifications and activities
[as should be learned from the oral transmission].
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA
[108 times or as much as possible]
Presenting Outer Offerings to Oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for drinking]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PADHYAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [water for washing]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA PÜSHPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [flowers]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [incense]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [light]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA GANDHE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [perfume]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA NAIVIDHYE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [food]
OM ARYA TARE SAPARIWARA SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA [music]
Praise to Oneself as self-generated Green Arya Tara
Homage to Arya Tara, at whose lotus feet
The gods and non-gods make worship.
Homage to Tara, mother of all Buddhas,
Who heralds freedom from limitation.
Homage to Arya Tara, a beyond-samsara goddess
Whose form is delightful to perceive
And whose precious ornaments shine with splendour
Like stars reflected from an emerald mountain.
Dedication
By this merit may I quickly reach
The Enlightened state of Green Arya Tara,
So that I may lead all living beings without exception
To the same Enlightenment
AUTHOR'S COLOPHON:
[First Dalai Lama's dedication of the merits of composing the sadhana]
By the meritorious energy of my pouring forth
The oral tradition on the practice
Of Arya Tara, the beyond samsara goddess,
May all limitless sentient beings
Be led by the energy of the Enlightened Ones
Until their Buddhahood is achieved"

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"When someone insults us, we usually dwell on it, asking ourselves, ‘Why did he say that to me?’ and on and on. It’s as if someone shoots an arrow at us, but it falls short. Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, ‘He hurt me so much. I can’t believe he did that.’ Instead, we can use the method of contemplation to think things through differently, to change our habit of reacting with anger. Imagine that someone insults you. Say to yourself, ‘This person makes me angry. But what is this anger?’ It is one of the poisons of the mind that creates negative karma, leading to intense suffering. Meeting anger with anger is like following a lunatic who jumps off a cliff. Do I have to go likewise? While it’s crazy for him to act the way he does, it’s even crazier for me to do the same."

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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TO ABIDE IN AWARENESS !

Without a center, without an edge,
The luminous expanse of Awareness that encompasses all -
This vivid, bright vastness:
Natural, primordial presence.

Without an inside, without an outside,
Awareness arisen of itself, as wide as the sky,
Beyond size, beyond direction, beyond limits -
This utter, complete openness:
Space, inseparable from Awareness.
Within that birthless, wide-open expanse of space,
Phenomena appear - like rainbows, utterly transparent.
Pure and impure realms, Buddhas and sentient beings,
Are seen, brilliant and distinct.

As far as the sky pervades, so does Awareness.
As far as Awareness extends, so does absolute space.

Sky, Awareness, Absolute space,
Indistinguishably intermixed:
Immense, infinitely vast -
The ground of samsara,
The ground of Nirvana.
To remain, day and night, in this state -
To enter this state easily - this is joy.
Emaho!

~ Shabkar

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HOW THE MOMENT OF DEATH CAN LEAD TO LIBERATION ?

If all we know of mind is the aspect of mind that dissolves when we die, we will be left with no idea of what continues, no knowledge of the new dimension of the deeper reality of the nature of mind. So it is vital for us to familiarize ourselves with the nature of mind while we are still alive. Only then will we be prepared when it reveals itself spontaneously and powerfully at the moment of death; be able to recognize it "as naturally," the teachings say, "as a child running into its mother's lap"; and by remaining in that state, finally be Liberated.

~ Sogyal Rinpoche

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THE INNATE BEYOND SUBJECT AND OBJECT

Phenomena are the radiance of the innate Absolute;
Mind's nature is the Wisdom of the innate Absolute.
The ultimate teacher - phenomena and mind merged in one taste -
Dwells naturally within myself.
Ah ho! What a joy!

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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DOES ANY KIND OF SELF EXIST AFTER ENLIGHTENMENT ?

In order to have the continuity of something, you have to have somebody constantly watching this continuity happening. If you have ego continuing, you also have to have the observer observing that ego is continuing. This is because the whole thing is based on a mirage. If there's no watched, there's no mirage. If there's a watcher to acknowledge that the mirage exists, there will be a mirage. After Enlightenment, there's no watched anymore; therefore the watcher's object does not exist anymore.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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ULTIMATE WISDOM ALSO HAS TEMPORAL BENEFITS

The temporal benefits of cultivating Wisdom in the present life include many assets like skillful intellect, unshakable self-reliant knowledge about everything, the unleashing of your wisdom through effective communication. [These assets lead to] satisfaction, skillfulness, and setting an example for the whole world.

~ Sakya Pandita Rinpoche

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SIGNS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

There are signs of accomplishment, such as having good health and long life or becoming famous and influential, but these belong to the superficial type of accomplishment. The true, unmistaken signs of accomplishment as established by the Masters of the lineage are to possess compassion, devotion, and an acute sense of impermanence. Combined with this, thoughts grow less and less and the genuine awakened state lasts for increasingly longer periods.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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THE ABSOLUTE EXPERIENCE OF DUALITY IS NONDUAL

The real world is that in which we experience pleasure and pain, good and bad. There is some act of intelligence that provides the criteria of things as they are, a basic dualistic notion. But if we are completely in touch with these dualistic feelings, that Absolute experience of duality is itself the experience of nonduality.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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REALIZATION AND COMPASSION

For those who have achieved Realization of fundamental reality, to see that those who have not are subject to suffering naturally gives rise to compassion.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso

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IN AWARENESS, WHO WATCHES ?

Nobody is being aware of anything, but itself. The razor blade cuts itself. The sun shines by itself. Fire burns by itself. Water flows by itself. Nobody watches.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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REALIZATION IS ABIDING BEYOND DISTRACTION

Maintaining constant mindfulness in the practices of tranquility and insight, you will eventually be able to sustain the recognition of Wisdom even in the midst of ordinary activities and distractions... The practice of Dharma should bring you to the point where you can maintain the same constant Awareness whether in or out of practice sessions. This is the quintessential point of all spiritual instructions.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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BEYOND ALL THOUGHT

One need not ask when one has seen the actuality,
The mind beyond all thought, ineffable, unveiled;
This Yoga, immaculate and self-arisen, in itself is free.
Through the Guru's Grace highest Realization has been won,
One's own and others' interests fulfilled. Thus it is.

~ Naropa

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WHAT IS SAMSARA ? WHAT IS NIRVANA ?

When the nature of the mind is recognized, that is called Nirvana; when it is obscured by delusion, that is called samsara. Yet neither samsara nor Nirvana has ever parted from the continuum of the Absolute.

~ His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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APPEARANCES ARE NOT MISTAKEN

Appearances are not mistaken, error comes through grasping;
Knowing the grasping thought as mind, it is self-liberated.

~ Guru Rinpoche/Padmasabhava

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THE THREE STAGES OF REALIZATION

Realization occurs in three stages: Understanding, Experience, and True Realization.

'Theoretical Understanding' - The first is theoretical understanding and comes from studying the teachings. It is necessary, of course, but it is not very stable. It is like a patch sewn on a cloth, which will eventually come off. Theoretical understanding is not strong enough to weather the good and bad things that happen to you in life. If difficulties arise, no theoretical understanding will allow you to overcome them.

'Experience in meditation' - As for experience in meditation, they are, like mist, bound to fade away. If you concentrate on your practice in a secluded place, you are sure to have various experiences. But such experiences are very unreliable, and it is said: "Meditators who run after experiences, like a child running after a beautiful rainbow, will be misled." When you practice intensely, you may have flashes of clairvoyance and various signs of accomplishment, but all they o is foster expectations and pride - they are just devilish tricks and the source of obstacles.

'True Realization' - But someone with true realization is like a mighty mountain that cannot be shaken by any wind, or like the unchanging blue sky. Good or adverse circumstances, even in their thousands, will provoke no attachment or aversion, no expectation of doubt at all. It is said in the scriptures that such a person will be no more pleased at having someone on one side of him waving a sandalwood fan than fearful of someone on the other side ready to strike him with an axe. For such a person, all deluded perceptions are exhausted. The result is that all circumstances, whether adverse or favorable, will further his progress on the path.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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TO EXPERIENCE THE VERY SOURCE OF BUDDHAHOOD

At present, the natural clarity of your mind is obscured by delusions. But as the obstruction clear, you will begin to uncover the radiance of Awareness, until you reach a point where, just as a line is traced on water disappears the moment it s made, your thoughts are liberated the moment they arise. To experience mind in this way is to encounter the very source of Buddhahood.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS POSSIBLE

Enlightenment is possible when a qualified Master meets a worthy, receptive disciple who possesses the highest capacity and [the Master] transmits, or points out, the unmistaken essence of mind so that it is recognized. It can indeed be pointed out; it can indeed be recognized; and it can indeed be trained in.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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GAINING THE CITADEL OF THE ABSOLUTE

When Awareness reaches its full extent, the ramparts of delusion will have been breached and the citadel of the Absolute, beyond meditation, can be seized once and for all.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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NIRVANA CANNOT BE IMPORTED

Nirvana cannot be imported from somewhere else, because Nirvana does not exist as a place outside our own mind. Nirvana has always been present as the basic nature of mind.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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THE MIND OF THE BUDDHAS

Profound and tranquil, free from complexity,
Uncompounded luminous clarity,
Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas;
This is the depth of the mind of the Victorious Ones.

In this there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor anything that needs to be added.
It is merely the immaculate
Looking naturally at itself.

~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

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MIND OF WAKEFULNESS

As long as our mind is obscured by and occupied with mundane thoughts, which are the usual concepts involving the five poisons and dualistic fixations, then the ordinary mind of innate wakefulness is covered up. Yet the moment normal thoughts and fixations are absent, the ordinary mind - ground wisdom - is immediately and vividly present.
'Ordinary' as used in "ordinary mind" means not fabricated, altered, or charged by any thought constructs. As soon as a deluded thought is fabricated in the mind then the state of mind is no longer ordinary: it is artificial. Ordinary mind means simply resting in naturalness.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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BUDDHA-NATURE

One should first recognize the Buddha-Nature, then train in it, and finally attain stability. In order to recognize the Buddha-Nature, we must identify exactly what is preventing us from realizing it now and what needs to be cleared away - all the passing stains of confusion. Where did these passing stains come from ? The ground itself, the Buddha-Nature, is without impurity or confusion, but the temporary defilements, the stains of confusion, result from not having recognized the state of the ground.
What is fruition ? The immaculate Dharmakaya is the fruition of having purified these stains. Through practice, we unveil a state free from all dualistic phenomena, free from holding on to subject and object, perceiver and perceived. Having totally discarded all the different ways of being mistaken, having rid oneself of the passing stains, we realize Dharmakaya, the ground itself exactly as it is. This is the fruition of purification.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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THE WHOLE WORLD APPEARS WITHIN THE BUDDHA-NATURE

Just as the whole world, with its mountains, continents, and everything else, exists within infinite space, so too do all phenomena appear within the Buddha-Nature.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE NATURE OF MIND IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO OUR MIND ONLY

Do not make the mistake of imagining that the nature of mind is exclusive to our mind only. It is in fact the nature of everything. It can never be said too often that to realize the nature of mind is to realize the nature of everything.

~ Sogyal Rinpoche

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AWARENESS AS A VENERABLE OLD SAGE

One day, as your confidence in awareness grows,
[The habitual] mind will appear as a witless child
And awareness as a venerable old sage.
Awareness will not run after mind but eclipse it;
In a relaxed, serene state, rest at ease.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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