Dharma friend Khadro, who volunteers graphic design and helps manage the Abbey’s social media platforms, sent this story after a stormy night in Louisiana where she lives. Image © Robert | stock.adobe.com
A few nights ago, a line of strong storms with tornadoes formed over east Texas and moved through the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area where I live. I didn’t realize how bad they had gotten until my sister called to ask if we were ok. I turned on the TV and the weather people were freaking out. The radar showed a lot of red with rotation and one of the worst parts was heading right my way.
Immediately, I thought about the story Ven. Semkye told in her Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner talk about getting lost with Ven. Chonyi while hiking near the Abbey. She told how they had started reciting Praises to the 21 Taras and felt supported. I also thought of Ven. Sangye Khadro’s Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner talk about Tara and the power of prayer.
I went in front of my big poster of the 21 Taras and prayed that any person, animal, or insect in the path of the storms would find shelter and wouldn’t be harmed. After that, I recited the Praises to Tara for maybe 15 minutes. When I turned the TV on again, the weather people looked like they weren’t sure what to say. The storms had lost a lot of their intensity, there was less red on the radar, and there was hardly any rotation!
This morning the local newspaper wrote, “At one point, the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area braced for impact. The tornado targeting the area skirted the southern region and fortunately no major injuries or damage had been confirmed by early Sunday in the Shreveport area.”
One person in Texas died due to the storms, but I think that happened before I started praying and reciting the Praises.
Given this amazing blessing I thought, “How do we repay Tara for answering our prayers? One answer might be: Practice well and help others.
I’m inspired to read again “How to Free Your Mind: The Practice of Tara the Liberator” by Ven. Thubten Chodron to see if there’s anything else I can do to show Tara my profound gratitude for her protection.