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The Buddhist Path and Initiation of White Tara

  • Dechen Bristol, UK Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road, Henleaze Bristol BS9 4BT UK (map)

A Garland  of Jewels by Chogyal Phakpa

10:30am - 1:00pm

This celebrated text by Chogyal Phagpa was composed as a manual of instructions for the 13th century Mongol Prince Gibek Timur. In 204 verses it covers the entire Buddhist path, from the level of a beginner to that of full enlightenment. The first part of the teaching provides guidance for a good life; the second one outlines the path for liberation and the final major section  - the distinctive features of the Mahayana path. The text is beautifully written which makes it especially accessible.

The Initiation of White Tara

2:30pm - 4.30pm

The goddess Tara is revered in all traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism as the embodiment of the liberating activity of all buddhas. White Tara is one of the three deities of longevity whose practice is renowned for bestowing the blessings of long life and thus increasing the opportunity for spiritual practice.