When asked recently how we can best help the world at this time, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche advised us to pray to Tara.
Traditionally in the Kadampa tradition, we chant “Liberation from Sorrow” (Green Tara Prayers) on the 8th of each month.
We are offering these prayers for you to watch on the 8th or any time you want to pray for your welfare or the welfare of others.
Just click Play on the video below.
How prayers produce their effects
Venerable Geshe-la says:
Many religious people, whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist, understand the efficacy of prayer through their own experience. Prayer is by nature intention or aspiration, and so it is essentially a mental action. The words of a prayer help us to concentrate our mind and evoke faith, but they are not the actual prayer itself. Indeed, we can pray without reciting any words. The important thing is to concentrate without distraction on the meaning of the prayers as we recite them.