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Tara is our common mother, our Holy Mother. When we are young we turn to our worldly mother for help. She protects us from immediate dangers, provides us with all our temporal needs, and guides and encourages us in our learning and personal development. In the same way, during our spiritual growth we need to turn to our Holy Mother, Tara, for refuge. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.
Kadampa Buddhists have a special relationship with Arya Tara because she promised Atisha she would protect his followers in the future.
The The Path to Heaven practice of transference of consciousness (Powa) of Arya Tara is a special practice taught by Buddha. Based on self-generation as Tara, we train in special meditations to transfer our consciousness to the heart of Guru Tara. With faith and training we can go to Tara’s Pure Land at the time of death using this profound practice.
Praises and requests to the Twenty-one Taras
“If we recite the twenty-one verses of praise, we shall receive inconceivable benefits. These praises are very powerful because they are Sutra, the actual words of Buddha. It is good to recite them as often as we can.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
The Self-generation sadhana of Arya Tara