Open Practice at Amrita

All are welcome to attend the Amrita Open Practice Session every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30PM. The traditional Buddhist practices we do are translated into English and found in the prayer book, Precious Echoes, Recitations for Awakening the Mind, which are freely available for you to use. Each week an Amrita member will act as a chant leader and timekeeper. The following is a brief introduction to the three main practices we will engage in each week.

The Heart Sutra recitation The most profound Buddhist teachings on the absolute nature of wisdom are found in the numerous texts collectively called the Prajna Paramita Sutras. This is the most condensed of these texts and contains the very essence, the heart, of all the wisdom teaching of Buddha. It is taught that to recite and contemplate this text brings us face to face with this wisdom within our own mind. We follow this recitation with a short period of quiet contemplation.

Red TaraRed Tara Meditation, Mantra and Prayers “This Red Tara practice is an open door to bliss and ultimate awareness. Not one of you, not one living being in fact, would not choose true happiness over suffering, yet no one is free of suffering. This is because the nature suffering is delusion, and delusion is pervasive and powerful. Delusion begins when original, undifferentiated awareness is obscured by dualistic projection of self and other.

“Over countless lifetimes the patterns of dualistic projection become more entrenched and obscurations become denser. This causes continuous vacillation between attachment and aversion, hope and fear. The state of imbalance gives rise to poisonous emotions of stupidity, anger, grasping, pride and jealousy, which in turn manifest as outer obstacles such as sickness, war, famine and the infinite variety of negative karmic circumstances.

“So it is a very great claim to say that Tara meditation can reduce the outer obstacles and dissolve the inner obscurations accumulated during the course of rebirth after rebirth in cyclic existence. Yet it is true. The blessings of Tara practice come so quickly that full realization of pristine awareness, the nondual nature of your being, can be attained in this very lifetime, or at least in the transition of death. Tara is the flawless expression of the inseparability of emptiness, awareness and compassion. Just as you use a mirror to see your face, Tara meditation is a means of seeing the true face of your mind, devoid of any trace of delusion.

“Through prayer and meditation, it is possible to dissolve the concepts of the dualistic mind. As harmful thoughts decrease, the corresponding obstacles of enemies and adverse situations disperse. As grasping and greed lessen, there is less frustration and pain of loss. As you are freed from dualistic delusion, you achieve a state of open awareness. The heaviness and solidity of phenomena, including your own corporeal form, give way to the recognition of your original, pure buddha nature your own compassion becomes unobstructed.

“As you practice now, begin with the aspiration that not only you but all beings will find liberation from the sorrows of samsara, that all will attain ultimate realization of the noble Tara and experience directly the unsurpassable happiness of Tara’s pure awareness and radiant compassion, which is none other than one’s own buddha nature.” From Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s Introduction to this practice.

ChenrezigChenrezig Meditation This is an easy to practice meditation using the visualized form of the bodhisattva of compassion and reciting his mantra, OM MANI PADME HUNG. As an appearance, Chenrezig is the pure manifestation of one’s own nature as inseparable wisdom and compassion. By connecting in this way to this expression of enlightened mind, one’s love and compassion become unbiased and all pervasive.

  • Long Life Prayer for H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche Yangsi

    Master Padmasambhava, embodiment of the Three Roots; Tangtong Gyalpo and others who were prophesized by the dakinis; and all the hosts of immortal vidyadharas – grant now the accomplishment of an indestructible life. Mastering the inexhaustible sky-like treasure trove of ripening and liberating teachings of the early translation school, the very heart of the Buddha’s doctrine, may this youthful sun – the supreme emanation who propagates virtue and excellence in the lotus garden of the teachings and beings – have a long life.

    May the blessings of the ocean-like victorious ones of the Three Jewels and the activities of the oath bound ones, dharma protectors and guardians, ensure that his lotus feet stand firmly in the vajra teachings and that the mantle of his ocean-like enlightened activities spread far and wide.

    Long Life Prayer in Pecha Format - PDF

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