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Tara Dhatu Season of Sangha FaceBook Fun with Friends

We have been playing some fun Q&A with FaceBook friends. See some of the answers below… Join the fun on FaceBook, click here Hope Jinishian: I met Tara in Bali and it was love at first sight. Tara Dhatu practices and the Buddha Goddess Tara have propelled me all over the world this past year […]

Tara Mantra Accumulation Invitation Attunement

Phyllis Moses writes: One tried and true method of bring these practices deeper within so that we can always feel the joy and freedom of our True Nature dancing in our life is accumulating mantra. We simply repeat the mantra and count (generally on a mala of 108 beads, and there are also ‘counters’ that can […]

Samdong Rinpoche Celebrates the Tara Dance

  In 1998 fifty Tara Dancers from 11 countries of origin traveled to India and Nepal to dance the Mandala of the 21 Praises of Tara for the Tibetan Refugees. One of the stops was the sacred land of Sarnath, where Shakyamuni Buddha gave his first teaching after his enlightenment experience in Bodhgaya The group […]

Eulogy for a Great Master of Odissi Sacred Dance Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena

My beloved Odissi teacher, Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena, has passed away. My sister dancer friend Elizabeth Burnett, who has a school for orphans in Puri, Orissa, wrote of his March 26th passing, “He was preparing for a dance festival at Khira Chora Gopinath Temple. He had been fasting as was his habit on such days […]

Tara Dances in Java at the Sakyadhita Conference

Most of our Bali pilgrims opted to join us at the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference in a lush resort outside of Yogyakarta.       It was a short hop from Bali to Java. Our small plane was filled with tribal elders from some of the remote island tribes enroute to meet with the government […]

The Quest For a Crown Maker

Another Bali adventure with Mekare!! Balinese Crowns~  What a glorious site to behold! Most are made of intricately carved leather painted with real gold. Extraordinary and luscious.  For Tara, however, we cannot use leather, so I began the quest to find a crown maker who worked in metal. The search involved friends and family asking […]

The Miracle of the Masks

A Letter from Mekare about the Tara Mask Project How can words explain the mystery? That is always the question when attempting such a thing. And that is certainly true in the story of the making of a set of masks for the 21 Praises of Tara. What an incredible journey it has been. And […]

Offerings and the Invisible

Offerings connect us with the invisible. Every Balinese knows that in addition to our concrete reality perceptible to the senses, there is the invisible reality. Though hidden and secret it can be sensed. Tunggal, the unthinkable, the inconceivable, he who cannot be imagined is the supreme god of Indonesian Hinduism.  He is known to most […]


The following information was taken from a web page, “Exploring Taksu & Meditation – Mysterious Power and the Tools to Realize It” by Leonard Swanson I came across the concept of Taksu, a word without an adequate English translation. Some call it charisma, others call it spiritual power. There is no doubt as to the […]

Bali – Tara’s Pilgrimage in the Island of Wonder

June 2015 Myri and I took a group of pilgrims to Bali, land of beauty and mystery. Mekare Fiske had been commissioned to engage a mask maker to create 22 Masks of Tara in preparation for Tara Dhatu’s Festival of Prayer. We were to learn how to dance in them and then offer the dance […]

A Rainbow of Colors ~ A Costume Adventure in Bali

Mekare shares another Tara adventure in Bali Such a creative kaleidoscope of mask, crown, and costume adventures!  I had met Oka, the mask maker within 48 hours of arriving in Bali.  The crown maker was found after weeks of searching. Even more weeks of searching were required to find a seamstress. Fortunately I had learned […]

New Year’s Greetings & Blessings From Nepal

Every year Tara Dhatu and members send Andrea Abinanti donations for the many pujas she arranges during the holiday season. Donors names are read out, along with the names of those who died during the year, and those who ask for special prayers for special needs. This is the first of three of Andrea’s reports…. […]

Dancing Tara Deep Down Under

Catherine Callaghan (center), Level 2 Tara Dhatu Teacher, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand reports… Judy (right), Liz (left) and I danced White Tara and the Six Shields at the Saturday opening of the two day Evolve Spiritual Festival in Nelson. As always, White Tara wove her powerful presence! The setting at Evolve was delightful, with […]

Lamas Dance Tara at KTD

This year our merry Tara band was joined by Hope Jinishian. A resident of New England, Hope was volunteering and studying the dharma early this year at KTD, His Holiness the Karmapa’s monastery in upstate New York. Prema, in previous years, had offered the Tara Dance to the respected Khenpo Kharthar Rinpoche who is one […]

Dancing Tara in Seattle Story

Dagmola Kushog, The revered Mother of the Sakya Clan, requested that the Tara Dance be performed once a year in the Sakya monastery in Seattle. Parvati Forrest Burke, Assistant Director of Tara Dhatu’s Student Teacher Program, fulfilled this year’s request. The weekend dance workshop was held at a private home. Parvati writes….. Our week-end began […]

Tara is Dancing in Golden Bay, Aotearoa

Catherine Callaghan has been leading the Tara Dances in New Zealand for six years. An accomplished dance teacher, she has ongoing circles of Tara dance in Nelson, South Island and Golden Bay. They recently offered the mandala at the Shambhala Center in Golden Bay and ended the year at a private beach front residence. Her […]

Myri Leads Cincinnati Sangha in Dancing Tara

Nita-Rose has been leading a circle of dancing Taras at her sacred abode in Cincinnati for several years. She invited Myri Dakini to share a weekend of Tara Dhatu dances. She writes… Our Tara Sangha in Cincinnati experienced an incredibly beautiful week-end workshop this October led by Myri Dakini. It was something sacred, something powerful, […]

Kauai, HI Annual Retreat 13-21 Aug 2016

~See Below for 2016 SPECIAL OFFER ~ Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Jagged peaks covered with brilliant green rainforest dive into the brilliant blue Pacific Ocean. Haena is a remote area on the North Shore. Nestled in the neighborhood, right on a golden sand beach is the YMCA Camp Naue. […]

VIDEO 11/11/11 – Prema leads Maui Taras in Mandala Dance Offering

Prema leads a group of Maui Taras in offering the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara at a celebration event 11/11/11

Brasilia – Retreat Into the Heart of Tara

Back in Brasilia we focused our attention on getting some songs recorded in Portuguese before           heading out to our annual retreat. Ricardo gathered a group of young teenage girls with Maya and Maira’s young sons to put some vocals to the chorus in Tara Tames the 8 Fears.   Just before the retreat Ivana […]

Tara is Dancing in Virginia

Jacquelyn Sonam Lhamo has been introducing groups to dancing Tara for many years. She was recently in Virginia and this is her report… Spreading Tara and Dharma dances is such a great joy. For two years I have done Tara Dance programs at ARE, Edgar Cayce’s Organization Center in Virginia Beach, Va. This year Curtis, […]

Headed South – From Ocean to Mountains Dancing Tara Brazil

 First Stop, Florianopolis, On the Beach From Bahia to Brasilia, we had only a couple of weeks to catch our breath and then we headed off to one of our favorite cities, Florianopolis. This southern island paradise has three circles of dancing Taras. We were put in a lovely apartment on the beach and enjoyed […]

Prema Dances Tara In Brazil

Myri met me at the airport in Salvadore, Bahia and we were whisked off to a hotel on the beach for two days of R and R. Having just come from a month of traveling and teaching across the mainland USA I was delighted to have the time to rest and prepare myself for the […]

Northwesterners Dance Tara in Indonesia

Kim Abbey was a member of our pilgrimage to Bali and Yogyacarta. Deeply involved in supporting the dharma in Seattle, Washington, she submitted an article about the pilgrimage to the Northwest Dharma news. She touches on some of the high points of our time together…..check it out!  

Update On Nepal Retreat House Restoration Project – Andrea Abinanti

For several years I have been planning to restore these dilapidated five retreat houses for the nuns on Manjushree Hill, one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal.  I am Andrea Abinanti; I’ve been living in Nepal for 40 years and residing on this hill for 38.  After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April […]