Cittamani Tara Puja
“There are so many inner obstacles to the development of your mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. Therefore, for the success of your Dharma practice, of your actualizing the graduated path to enlightenment, you must rely upon a special deity or buddha, such as Tara.” —Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Kopan Monastery, May 1987)
Cittamani Tara, the highest yoga tantra manifestation of the deity Tara, can lead us to liberation and enlightenment within a single lifetime. Tara, a female personification of the enlightened mind, is known as Tara the Liberator, an embodiment of enlightened activity, and mother of all the buddhas. On this ultimate level, she manifests perfect wisdom. Cittamani Tara Puja is a practice that invokes Cittamani Tara, well-known as a source of swift assistance in all temporal and spiritual matters. She is called upon to bring success – including for situations involving family, relationships, business, and career – and for protection from all negativities and fears. She is also invoked in times of emergency, personal distress and difficulty, health problems, for the quick removal of obstacles, and when rapid wisdom is needed. The Cittamani Tara Puja includes four mandala offerings, fourfold offerings including flowers, optional prostrations, and a twofold recitation of the Praises to the 21 Taras. This puja is a powerful support for our Dharma practice and achieving our temporal and ultimate goals. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has specifically advised that the Cittamani Tara Puja be practiced by Shantideva Center.
This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom.
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Sadhana During Practice
Sadhana and center prayers are usually screen-shared or projected during practice. If the session allows for in-person attendance, you are encouraged to download them onto your device, or to bring a printed copy if preferred.
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“If someone offers a small flower or rice to a Buddha statue, a stupa or scripture then the benefit extends from then up to Enlightenment. Amazing, amazing. It is said in the sutra Piled Flowers, on top of that benefit, you achieve ultimate happiness – liberation from the causes of delusion and karma and on top of that full Enlightenment – all the realizations and omniscient mind.” —Lama Zopa Rinpoche
About the Puja Leader
Jennifer Kim first encountered Buddhism in 2007, after she taught English to Tibetan Buddhist monks in New Zealand and was struck by their joy, scholarship, and deep kindness. Since that time, she has dedicated most of her life to studying and practicing the Dharma, in addition to sharing it with others.
She has attended numerous teachings and retreats over the years with heart teachers including HH Dalai Lama, Choden Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Yangsi Rinpoche, and Khandro Tsering Kunga Bum-ma. She enjoys a special affinity to Tara practice.
Jennifer has been part of Shantideva Center since 2010 and has served as its director, amongst various roles. She also works for Potential Project, which integrates traditional wisdom traditions with scientific research and modern business application to help create more human-centric world of work. She enjoys both traditional Dharma practice and its application to meet the needs of people from all walks of life.