Reibeam wrote:Here's a Tara question (relates to other deities too though)
In order use action mantras like the 21 Tara ones transmitted by chNN it is often said one has to do a retreat (a few days or a week) and has to accumulate enough of the main mantra.
Although an intensive retreat would be preferred is it acceptable to do two or three months of dedicated daily practice (like a couple hours every day) and accumulate a lot of recitations of the main mantra (100,000 or more) before using the action mantras?
Obviously the main mantra is the most important, but creating the potentiality for the action mantras to function would be beneficial.
practices like Dorje Gotrab are really specific, but Garuda, Tara, etc I am not totally sure.
If anybody could guide me here, I would appreciated it.
It is all in the booklet, no? I think you have to do 700.000, which actually isn't that much.
I didn't see a specific number in the booklet I have (there are a couple different ones), but he mentions doing a week retreat as the main condition. If I do the practice diligently perhaps I will find the circumstances for a retreat which will probably happen around recitation 699,999. Your right though, that number isn't really that much.
Reibeam wrote:Although an intensive retreat would be preferred is it acceptable to do two or three months of dedicated daily practice (like a couple hours every day) and accumulate a lot of recitations of the main mantra (100,000 or more) before using the action mantras?
Someone else asked him this and he said the only way to know for sure is to try the actions mantras after the requisite accumulation and see if it works or not.
I figured someone had already asked him, thanks for relaying his response!