Three Days of Ritual: Five-Deity Green Tara of the Acacia Forest

Three Days of Ritual: Five-Deity Green Tara of the Acacia Forest

Kagyu Monlam Pavilion

December 20-22 2023

༄༅། །སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༢༣ ཟླ་བ་ ༡༢ ཚེས་ ༢༠ ནས་དབུ་བཟུང་འབྱུང་འགྱུར་ཉིན་གསུམ་གྱི་རིང་། དཔལ་༸རྒྱལ་བའི་དབང་པོ་ཀརྨ་པ་མཆོག་གིས་འགྲོ་མགོན་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་པའི་བསྟན་པ་མི་ཉམས་རྒྱུན་འཛིན་དང་ཉམས་པ་སླར་གསོའི་རླབས་ཆེན་ཀྱི་ཐུགས་བསྐྱེད་དགོངས་པ་རྨད་དུ་བྱུང་བའི་མཛད་འཕྲིན་གྱི་ཆ་ལགརྗེ་དུས་གསུམ་མཁྱེན་པའི་ཐུགས་དམ་ལྔ་ཚན་ལྔའི་ལས་སྒྲོལ་མ་ལྷ་ལྔའི་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་སྐབས་ཀྱི་བརྙན་དཔར།

The Five-Deity Green Tara of the Acacia Forest ritual is a revival of a Kamtsang tradition of five-deity rituals begun by the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. There are five rituals, and each one features a principal deity with four other deities represented in the mandala; the five principal deities are Hayagriva, Chakrasamvara, Vajravarahi, Hevajra, and Tara. The Gyalwang Karmapa has been working to preserve these lineages and restore the tradition, and His Holiness referred to the origins and importance of this ritual during his talk on the anniversary of Dusum Khyenpa’s Parinirvana.

The Karmapa first compiled and annotated a restored ritual, based on the sadhana included in the Ninth Karmapa's Chig Shes Kun Drol, in time for the Special Kagyu Monlam in February 2023. This was an extensive ritual which included a thousand-fold offering, but, at that time, the Karmapa explained that he still had work to do on it. Later, the sadhana ritual without the thousand-fold offering, was offered by the nuns at the Arya Kshema. Since then, His Holiness has continued to develop and refine the ritual, so this puja during the Kagyu Gunchoe, held over the course of three days in a break from the competitive debates, is its latest form. His Holiness is continuing work on the ritual and intends for it to be completed by the Spring Teachings, during the Arya Kshema. 

[More details of the ritual and its origins can be found at] 

2023.12.20-22 Three Days of Ritual: Five-Deity Green Tara of the Acacia Forest