Tara Buddhist Centre (TBC) had its informal beginnings in 1987 in a HDB home in Kim Keat Avenue. Prayers were performed daily, especially the Four Mandala Offering to Cittamani Tara. This puja is widely known as one of the most powerful and swift prayers to purify negative karma, clear obstacles and fulfilling wishes. Cittamani Tara is known for her speediness in answering prayers especially helping devotees develop their practice of the Dharma and achieve success in their daily activities including career and studies.
This prayer has benefited many people, including but not limited to those suffering from terminal diseases as well as those afflicted by spiritual problems. Through these prayer sessions, many people started to learn to chant the essence mantra of the female Buddha Arya Tara: Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha, as part of their purification practice.
TBC was officially registered on 25 July 1998 with the aim of expanding its activities to benefit more people. Its main objective is to encourage the study, discussion and practice of Buddha Dharma as taught by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Dharma teachers recommended by His Holiness. Other than the weekly prayer sessions, the Centre also organizes Dharma activities for its members, including trips to Dharamsala, India to attend teachings by His Holiness, 14th the Dalai Lama, as well as pilgrimages to holy sites in India and Nepal.
The centre also maintains a library with more than 200 titles of books, DVDS and audio materials that are accessible to members.
Monday to Friday: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am to 2.00 pm
Note: Except for Sunday, please call the Centre at 63823446 or Siew Hua at 97578333 to make an appointment before visiting the Centre.
Participants of prayers at the Centre are expected to dress decently in non-revealing, sleeved shirts or blouses and long pants.
Participants of any of the prayer sessions at TBC must be on a strict vegetarian diet from 6 a.m. onwards on that day. The vegetarian diet must strictly exclude eggs and the five black foods (carrot, radish, sesame, onions, garlic and chives). This dietary requirement ensures that merit field can be properly invoked and will remain during the prayer to benefit and fulfil the purposes of all participants.