Festival of Prayer – Festival of Peace

Tara Dance Monlam

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23-27 May 2018 Brasilia, Brazil

For centuries the great Tibetan monasteries have held Prayer Festivals, called Monlams.  Every year the monastics present to the community a series of prayers and practices that include gloriously costumed and masked dancers, enacting their sacred commitment to protect and attract well being for all in their care.

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In the same spirit, Tara Dhatu will hold a Festival of Prayer – Festival of Peace in Brasilia, Brazil May 23-27, 2018 dancing for peace in our communities, our country and our world. One hundred and eight dancers and Tara practitioners from around the world will gather for five days of activities. Many of the activities will be public offerings, free for all to attend.

You Are Invited To Participate

For Pre-Registration Information click here

There are many ways in which you can participate in  this event.

As A Dancer

If you wish to dance in the Mandala of the Praises you must have attended at least one weekend or week long initiatory practice. There will be many opportunities throughout the year to receive this training. You’re also welcome to organize an event in your area and Tara Dhatu will send a senior teacher to teach the dances of Tara.

To register as a dancer contact info@taradhatu.org

As a Meditative Support

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You may wish to join us in Brasilia as a meditative support, engaging in all the practices with the dancers, receiving all the benefits and discounts, but not required to perform in the Mandala.

To register as a Meditative Participant contact info@taradhatu.org

Registration for participants is $108 non refundable. For all registered Monlam participants Tara Dhatu will make arrangements  to have reduced rate airport pick up, meals and comfortable accommodations in the heart of the city.

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Dancers will receive reduced rate charges to obtain personal, fitted costuming pieces. Music for the dances will be performed in English, Portuguese and Spanish.  Texts and Audio materials will be available to Registered Monlam participants at a reduced rate.

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Monlam participants will also be invited to attend a pre-festival gathering at Paraiso Na Terra, a retreat facility in the countryside, three days to relax, swim in the waterfalls, work on the dances, adjust costuming, all for a reduced rate.

Monlam participants can join an exploration of the city or countryside for three days after the festival for a reduced rate.

 

Scholarship Opportunity

All registered participants will have the opportunity to create peer to peer scholarship pages to help finance all expenses including international travel and visas.

You May Also Participate As A Witness

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You are welcome to come as part of the audience. Attendees to the festival will receive guidance to be able to fully participate in spirit. This is free to all, no registration neessary.

Your Financial Support Invited

You can provide financial support to enable women who wish to dance but do not have the financial resources by making a donation to our scholarship fund.

You can provide financial support for the costumes and the many expenses of the Monlam itself.

To make a donation, Click here

Tara Dhatu is a non-profit organization.

All donations are tax deductible.

You may also send a check to

P.O. Box 63252, Phoenix AZ 85082, USA

 

You Can Support the Vision By Chanting Tara’s Mantra

GreenTara3.jpgYou can join us now in accumulating Tara’s mantra,

linking with us in our Aspiration Prayers.

You can report your accomplishments on our

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Tara Dhatu

Mantra Accumulation

Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha

Oh Great Mother Who Removes All Fears

And Bestows Good Fortune, So Be It.

Great Lamas of all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism including His Holiness the Dalai Lama have made sincere requests and prayers that the dance continue to be offered as much as possible as a prayer for peace and for the well being of all.

Brasilia – A Visionary City

Brasilia is the futuristic capital of one of the world’s largest democracies. Monlam visitors will have opportunities to explore the magic of it’s unique architec11745342_721923871251352_1280950772884114638_nture and the surrounding nature of the “High Plateau,” a region of rolling hills and dancing rivers, replete with pools and waterfalls . The weather in May is perfect, with sunshine days and cool breezes.

Dedicated To The Enlightened Feminine

This Monlam is dedicated to the enlightened feminine as embodied by Tara, who is a Buddha, a fully Awakened One. Millennia ago She determined that our world needed the inspiration of an enlightened female to show that women are

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capable of the highest spiritual attainments. The practices that have developed around Her transmission of wisdom are empowering and revelatory.

We will use as our guideline a treasure text of the great Tibetan Yogi Chokjur Lingpa. All prayers and meditations will be danced throughout the five day festival.

The heart of the dance is a Mandala of 21 Taras, a piece createdSitu in 1982 and presented to the great meditation master, Tai Situ Rinpoche. He declared the dance to be a powerful representation of devotion. He predicted that circles of dancers would gather throughout the world and that a festival would be developed around the dance. He declared the Mandala Dance of Tara to be an accumulation of wisdom as well as merit and has encouraged its practice.

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May our sincere aspirations

To share Tara’s blessings and inspiration

Bring benefit to all

Om Tare!!!