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Sattva Social Club Presents: Dancing the 21 Praises
July 30, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NOTE: CHANGE IN VENUE DUE TO HEAT. If you would like to attend these dances, please contact Phyllis Moses for directions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on the timeless teachings of Tara, adapted for our modern culture (via Taradhatu). No experience necessary, these are simple to learn movements to help open our heart/mind with joy! This is an in-person only event. All ages and physical abilities are welcome. Masks are required at KCC.
We’ll meet again at KCC (4936 NE Skidmore St, Portland, Oregon 97218), now on Sat. July 30th at 6:30 pm to about 8pm. We come together to share our hearts’ joy with simple movements based on Tara’s practices. No experience is necessary, all genders welcome, all ages welcomed, and no commitments to undertake other than to your own Presence! For many years I shared contemplations on the invite, and it feels like a good time to begin that again. The contemplation (below) can be used on or off the cushion.
Tara # 2 – Creative Wisdom (Loter Yangchenma). She is known as Melodious Liberator, Source of Wisdom, the essence of creativity. She is white and shining brilliantly like the light of a thousand full autumn moons, and thousands of shimmering stars. She inspires us to meet life with creativity. One aspect of this creative mind is the power to see every circumstance, no matter how difficult, as an act of empowerment. We can ask our creative mind, “How can I meet this circumstance with wisdom and compassion?” – rather than becoming discouraged or despondent. Ultimately, the shimmering of stars represents the shimmering of love, compassion, wisdom, courage, and commitment radiating beneficial qualities to all beings. These are the qualities that our noble teachers reflect to us, they are more than poetic vision, they are possibilities inherent within each of us.
We can cultivate these qualities by visualizing Tara, she is white symbolizing her activity of pacifying. In the center of the blue lotus flower she is holding by her left ear we visualize a mirror (in Tibetan, melong – symbolizing emptiness and pure consciousness) in which all wisdom is completely reflected. See the white light from the center of the mirror radiating in every direction. Begin to recite Tara’s mantra (Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha), seeing the white light from Tara’s heart and from the mirror, emanating in ten directions. The light dispels all ignorance, gathers all the knowledge and wisdom that can benefit sentient beings, and returns back to the mirror. Then again from the mirror, light and wisdom radiate, filling every part of our bodies, and we feel that inner glow of compassion, wisdom, and love – feeling this healing for all beings. Then dissolve the visualization, sit in meditation for as long as possible, and then dedicate the merit.
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