October 23 - November 1

The 21 Praises of Tara from the Sanskrit Tradition

Raji Ramanan

The female Buddha Tara finds mention in almost any work on Buddhist history or culture in South Asia and the Himalayas, for one cannot ignore her presence in the religious and social landscape. Her worship includes devotional ritual and tantric practices. Tara is said to embody compassion and wisdom. As a saviouress, she helps to relieve the sufferings of the world. Motherhood being central to the conception of Tara, she is invoked in Sanskrit and Tibetan as the mother.

No devotion to Tara is complete without reading, understanding and chanting the poetic text entitled Twenty-One Praises of Tara & Their Benefits. Despite its length it is the most popular prayer to Tara, invoking 21 different manifestations of the saviouress.

This workshop on Chanting The Praises Of Twenty-One Taras will include the study of this text in the original Sanskrit. Besides learning to chant the entire text with proper pronunciation and intonation, the rich layers of meaning that the text conveys will also be discussed. During the workshop, time will also be allotted for the practice of chanting other Buddhist mantras.

Course teacher Raji Ramanan is a Sanskrit scholar and translator, who is extensively involved in projects concerning Buddhism, Indian culture and social movements. Guiding students with great expertise and enthusiasm, she stresses the transformative experience of chanting with awareness of the meaning of each word.

21 Tara Praises Daily schedule  (Oct 23 - Nov 1):

9:00-10:30am: Class
10:30-11:00am: Tea break
11:00-12 noon: Class

Mantra chanting weekend classes:

Over the weekends of Oct 23-25 and Oct 30-Nov 1, there will be an additional afternoon class (4:30-5:30pm) on Buddhist mantra chanting. These classes may be attended independently or as part of the 21 Taras course.