About

The organization was formed at the request of His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, an accomplished and revered Tibetan Buddhist master. He had witnessed the Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara, choreographed by one of his students, Prema Dasara. He asked that an organization be established to protect the dance’s integrity as a Vehicle of Liberation. He rejoiced in witnessing the devotion and peace transmitted by the dance and encouraged it to be broadcast, in video and in communal celebrations.

Since 1985 the dance has traveled throughout the world. A series of dvds have been made and the organization has grown to sponsor workshops and trainings in the Tara Dance and other Dharma Dances, offering celebrations, pilgrimages of citizen diplomacy, and an array of Humanitarian Projects seeking to benefit the Tibetans-in-exile and other groups in need. The Tara Dance has been offered to many great Tibetan Teachers including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They have had some wonderful things to say about it. The Tara Dance has been performed by thousands of women of all ages, nationalities, and walks of life. You may read of its transformative power in the Testimonial section.

An array of materials have been developed to embellish the experience of the dance: texts and commentaries, teachings, music, dvds. You can find these in the Cyberdhatu Emporium.

Prema Dasara, the creatrix of the Tara Dance and the Spiritual and Creative Director of Tara Dhatu, Anahata Iradah, the Artistic Director of Tara Dhatu, and an array of international Student Teachers maintain an ongoing schedule of international classes and offerings.

There are circles of dancers in different parts of the globe focusing the dance as a personal practice and communal offering. Anyone can join in this dance. Although it is primarily an expression for women, there are sections that have been choreographed for men. There are children’s Dharma dances as well.