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Praises to the Twenty-One Taras

Nowadays, the world seems to be lurching from one crisis to another, constantly going through difficult times. We have experienced dramatic changes due to natural calamities like fires, earthquakes, epidemics, taking place one after another. If we add to this the man-made disasters of wars, conflicts, terrorist attacks, etc, it seems like there is no end. While the outside world is so chaotic, people’s personal life is also faced with various challenges. Many people, including practitioners, are troubled by emotional problems, physical sickness, career crises or family conflicts.

In times like these, people need the power of Tara. When we rely on Tara and pray to her wholeheartedly, because of her enlightened activities, all our wishes will quickly be accomplished and all our suffering will be removed. There is no one swifter than Tara in giving blessings. She is known for her swiftness when we ask for help. There are so many cases of Tara protecting people from danger and satisfying their wishes. When H.H. Jigme Phuntsok was alive, if certain disasters and sufferings happened to Larung or the world, H. H. Jigme Phuntsok would often ask all the sangha at Larung, even practitioners outside the academy, to pray wholeheartedly to Tara for dispelling the obstacles.

Therefore, we provide you with Khenpo Sodargye’s teaching of the Praises to the Twenty-One Taras, the most popular prayer of all prayers to Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. From this teaching, you will get to know the supreme qualities of Tara and learn many stories of how Tara responds to people’s wishes, including personal stories of Khenpo himself. Hope through this, you can generate faith in Tara, and get her blessing in your life, such that you will enjoy a happy life and achieve enlightenment without hinderances.