News From the Dancing Taras

Teaching the Mandala Dance of Tara has been an exhilarating, inspiring, and deeply rewarding experience. For the last 26 years I have traveled about this beautiful ball of earth sharing the profound practice of Tara’s Dance. Every day I receive letters from students and friends describing their experiences with the dance. It is a journey of consciousness. On these pages I will share with you some of the stories and pictures from our Tara Dhatu family. I will also share some insights about the practice as it reveals itself to me. Feel free to comment, to question, to contribute Prema Dasara

May Special Price Offer Kauai Retreat 2015

An Exceptional Opportunity

We have a great offer for you.

Huge Discount for the Kauai Tara Retreat

May/June Special Offer:

Tara Dhatu Members 

$500 for a week in Paradise

All are invited:  

Become a member for just $21   

to get this special offer!  

Because of the small number of people registering for our August Camp on the North Shore of Kauai, we are left with a tricky situation. If we cancel the camp we risk loosing not only our deposit but also our position in securing the future dates that are the best weather for our purposes…..calm ocean, limited rain, gentle breezes…..truly an experience of paradise.

We have come up with an idea….. we can drop the price – and strip things down a bit to make it possible for us to move forward. For this year only – for people who are willing to fully engage in the infrastructure of the camp….meal preparation and clean up, set up, break down, bathroom and cabin maintenance.  We will dance, sing, pray, play, cook, and clean together in community.

This means we will have limited staff so all campers will work together to help the camp function and flow. We will relax the schedule somewhat in order to make space for this engagement.

Prema will orchestrate the day’s events and teachings. The elements will remain much the same as in previous years but somewhat rearranged to allow us all to work together to prepare meals, etc.

Teachers and staff will accept  dana to support their efforts.

 Are you interested in this offer?

 Click Here to Read More and Register

Hawaii Dreaming

Come join us in retreat on Kauai this year.

 August 15-23, 2015

There is no substitute for retreat. It is a time to dive deeply into all that sustains us throughout the year. We need inspiration and a sense of communal support.


Considering the great dance of impermanence, do not take for granted the opportunities offered to you this year to retreat. We do not know how long our teachers will be with us, offering all of their gifts , encouraging us to go as deeply as possible into the essence of our own mind’s freedom.


Camping on the ocean’s edge in Kauai we are so in touch with the powerful elements of our world. The sun, the wind, the sea, the towering green mountains…the elements are powerful on the North Shore and we are in the most sublime situation to merge with them, to honor them to deepen in their message to us.

Need Your Support
There is one more thing to consider. The facility we rent is in high demand during August, the best weather for that area. Ocean is usually calm, limited rain, excellent soft tropical breezes mark mid August. If we do not maintain our reservation we risk loosing this preferred position. We need your support to be able to continue sharing this work in this exceptional spot on the North Shore.


The retreats are the place where we can really deeply receive the transmission, where we can assemble the mandala in a comfortable way…..and can train our budding dance leaders.

So let us know asap if you can join us in Kauai this year. We need to know that we have enough reservations to cover the costs of running the camp.

Register Now ~ Click Here


 Contact Parvati, the registrar at:

If you cannot join us, consider sponsoring someone who would like to attend. We have an excellent Scholarship Program.



Scholarships Available for Young Adults
We have raised enough money to sponsor three YOUNG ADULT SCHOLARSHIPS… if you know of a Young Adult from the ages of 18-30 who would like to help with the infrastructure of the camp in exchange for full tuition paid…..let Maurizia know. It is precious to have the youth with us…..and precious for them to be exposed to these powerful teachings.

Click Here to Learn More About The Young Adult Scholarship Fund and Retreat Opportunity



Comments from former Kauai Camps
Here are some comments from previous campers….

“….inspiring and empowering.”

“…outstanding, well organized.”

“…solid teachings, variety of activities, the power and beauty of the dances.”

“… a wonderful and fun way to learn about Tara and the Dharma.

…. a beautiful paradise Kauai … great way to meet amazing goddess sisters from all over.”

“…. rich with learning, people helped me kindly and welcomed me graciously”

“….. insightful for everyday guidance.”

“…the central axis of my year, guaranteed deep spiritual nourishment & transformation”

“…great feeling of community, positive energy.”

“…great dancing…great music”

“…Prema’s dharma talks are precious, an extraordinary opportunity to sit with her.”

‘…yogic practice with Phyllis was restorative, relaxing, very peaceful and loving.”

“….Myri is so delightful and a great teacher.”

“…precious Parvati, always ready to help…”

“…delicious, healthy, abundant food, I felt nurtured and satisfied.”

“…always a joy to be part of this offering on Kauai-beauty, beauty, beauty.”

“…such amazing fun, an experience I won’t forget.”

Join us in dancing for world peace, for inspiration, for joy.

May Mother Tara Continue

To Pour Her Light

Upon Us All

May 10 2015 Pabitra Relief Photo Report

Your donations in action!

Thank you to all the donors who helped make this relief possible!

Infinite gratitude to Pabitra and the Bright Nepal community who are working so hard to care for so many!

Pabitra writes…

“Yesterday I went to Chenay’s village to distribute the tents and some of food items like rice, beaten rice, salt, oil and soap… It is a remote place out of Kathma

ndu Valley. The name of village is Lagerchey which is in Sindupalchowk district. It takes about 8 hours to reach by bus and then again we have to walk about 2 hours. we had called the village people to carry the relief needs.”

This goat was orphaned by the earthquake…

Anahata explains how lucky he is that Pabitra is his gaurdian angle, “Part of Pabitra’s Dharma in the Himalayas is to tell the tribes that they don’t need
to make animal sacrifice. Somehow over a long period of time, some of the people call
themselves Buddhist, but they make animal sacrifice for certain festivals. Pabitra feels strongly about helping people understand that there are other ways to accomplish the goals of the pujas (prayers and offerings).”

May All Beings Be Well and Happy

Click Here to Donate Now


May 8 2015 Pabitra Photo Report

Beauty and generosity in action! Thank you Pabitra Subba Yanghyang Lama for your efforts on behalf of all and to Anahata Iradah for keep us all informed about the activities there in Nepal….

The following photo report is taken from a Face Book post Anahata made on May 8 2015.


Meanwhile in the Himalayas, Pabitra is trekking up and down the mountains getting aid to those in need. She just sent these pictures and this narrative.

“I distrubuted some of the tents to a group of people. they live a little away from Kathmandu. The people in the village that I went to are affected by leprosy, but they are treated. Their houses are cracked and damaged and it is dangerous for them to live inside the houses thus they are living inside the tent. They needed tents so I went today and gave them the tents. There are physically disabled children too. I also distributed snacks to all the 100 children..” ~Pabitra




Handing out tarps for temporary shelters…








Temporary shelters being built…










 Small things making a big difference…









Handing out some food to children…









Snacks for the children…







A journey on behalf of many… Thank you!

Devastating Earthquakes in Nepal ~ A Call for Action

Contribute to the Nepal Relief Fund ~


Read More About Tara Dhatu’s Community Relief Activity ~

Click Here

Dear friends,

In recent days I wrote to request your prayers and donations to offer support for all in Nepal after a devastating earthquake and numerous aftershocks caused much destruction.

 As the reports continue to come in we are relieved to say that we have heard that most of our community are OK.  There are a few friends unaccounted for, our search for them continues.

 Big thank you to all who swiftly responded with generosity to our Tara sister Sophia’s call to action as she works to provide relief in the form of Rice Kitchens and medical support.  Because of your timely response, we quickly reached our initial fundraising goals and are in the process of working on getting the money you gave translated into food and direct aid.  Sophia has said that she will share pictures and report to us about how the project is unfolding.

As the situation continues to develop we will continue to asses where we can best provide support.  With infrastructure poor before this disaster, the situation is very serious in the aftermath of the earthquake. Many of the Nepali people are without food, water, transportation, medical care, and shelter from the rain and cold.  The basics are the focus. 

We are continuing our fundraising efforts because this situation is one that will be developing for some time. In addition to the ongoing risk of more quakes and aftershocks monsoon season is about to begin.   We will will continue to assess where future donations can best be utilized.  We are grateful to have Sophia on the ground working to care for those she and her volunteers can reach now.

Many of you have sponsored people in Nepal through Tara Dhatu’s Humanitarian projects and some of you have traveled there with our community in past years. Naturally you want to know about the Tibetan community, the families of Atisha School, Pabitra, the children of Bright Nepal, Andrea, and more…  We have heard that
these friends are safe for now but many are in tents because the structures are not considered safe.  We are working to better understand what we can do to support them and will continue to share news.

Sophia went to Boudha on Tuesday and ran into some graduates of Atisha School who agreed to volunteer in the soup kitchens.

~photo Laxmi Tamang

Your generosity is much appreciated…

Please friends, keep your prayers pulsing.  

For the dying, the dead, the injured, the lost,  

the homeless and the terrified in Nepal.

 May we always bless  

and balance the elements within and around us.

With great respect and gratitude for this precious life

on this precious planet,

 we send our prayers to all who suffer.

 Om Tare Tutare Ture Svaha

Fundraiser Spotlight – The Swayambhu Retreat House Restoration Project

Andrea Abinanti shares:

For the last several years I have been wanting to start the Retreat House Restoration project on Manjushree Hill, a World Heritage Site in Swayambhu. With the kind support of Tara Dhatu, as well as some pushing from the Federation of Swayambhu Conservation and Management Committee to be part of the ‘living museum’ plan as quickly as possible, Manjushree Pragya Gyan Vihar Sangh organization is now ready to begin a fund raising campaign.

If you have friends or know any organizations that might be interested in supporting this project, please share this page.We thank you for your interest and generosity in helping to bring this project into fruition!


Click the link below to find out more about the project and how you can make a tax deductible donation for a great cause!!

The Retreat House Project on Manjushree Hill in Swayambu, Kathmandu, Nepal is for the purpose of restoring five houses for practitioners to retreat and live in a secluded, holy area.

The buildings were originally built in the 1930’s. Since that time, nuns, monks, and lay practitioners have been using the buildings despite the houses being in various states of dilapidation. Two of the houses have become completely unlivable and the other three, if not restored, will soon be dangerous to live in.

About seven years ago a local supporting group formed the Manjushree Pragya Gyan Vihar Sangh Organization to be the caretaker of the houses and the restoration project.  Andrea Abinanti, our Tara Dhatu representative in Kathmandu, has been living in one of the houses for over 25 years. As part of the organization, she has appealed to Tara Dhatu to help her assemble the funds to support the rebuilding of the houses.

When renovated, there will be rooms that will be available for short term retreats, as well as for those who come to the monastery next to the houses, for teachings and to participate in monthly full moon ceremonies.

Manjushree Retreat House Intro PDF

Full Project Details & Cost PDF

As a Tara Dhatu sponsored project, all donations are tax deductible. You may pay with a credit card by using the donate button here.


Or, you may pay by check made out to Tara Dhatu.

Send the check to:

Tara Dhatu

P.O. Box 63252

Phoenix AZ 85082


Please send an email alerting us of your donation to

Be sure to indicate it is for the Manjushree Retreat Center. If you would like a letter for your tax files let us know.

Great merit is generated by supporting people to retreat and to engage in dharma activities. We are so blessed to be included in a project like this. Wishing all prosperity and success to Andrea and the Trust in manifesting the means and materials to accomplish the renovations.

Om Tare

Tara Dhatu Council of Trustees

Tara’s Wisdom Cards Ready to Print


The Long Awaited

Tara Wisdom Cards


Ready for Printing

My niece Jessica Zebrine has designed a unique deck of cards based on the manifestation of the many faces and forms of Tara, Goddess of Wisdom, Compassion and Power.  Following the structure of a traditional Tarot, the deck includes 22 major arcana, 16 court cards and 4 suits of elemental minor arcana.  They incorporate traditional Tibetan iconography with photographic images of the beauty in the natural world.  All are designed to bring the wisdom of the dharma into your readings or meditations.
In the Light and Power of the waxing moon she has opened a Kickstarter campaign to get her originally designed deck of Tara Wisdom Cards published.  Donors receive rewards, including a copy of the deck for a donation of $40 and above.

Click here to explore the cards and some of Herstory

Jessica has  been practicing Tara’s dances, mantras,
and meditations her entire adult life.  She and I are co-authoring an accompanying book.  Please support this project  so we may continue to share Tara’s divine inspiration with the world.

Click here to make a kickstart donation

May All Beings Be Blessed by our Exuberant Creativity
Om Tare!!!


Ruth Denison – Dancing in the Clouds

Ruth at a retreat in Wood Valley on the Big Island

A dear friend and profound dharma teacher, Ruth Denison passed away Thursday morning, February 26, 2015, at her Joshua Tree home, surrounded by loved ones.

Ruth is a Great Soul. She was a pioneer, a profound dharma teacher who integrated dance and movement in her teachings of Vipassana.

Ruth’s personal journey began in Nazi Germany where, as a young woman, she struggled to survive.  She immigrated to California in 1957 where she met and married Henry Denison, a spiritual seeker and former Advaita Vedanta monk.

Through the sixties and seventies their beautiful home in the Hollywood hills hosted many seekers who shared their explorations in new consciousness.  Such illuminati as Alan Watts, Aldous and Laura Huxley, Fritz Perls, U.G. Krishnamurti, and Timothy Leary were all part of their circle.  In addition Ruth and Henry traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe to study with the foremost spiritual teachers of the twentieth century.

My husband met Ruth and Henry in India where they developed a close friendship. We visited them often at their home and enjoyed many hours of their fantastic stories.

Ruth was treated by the literati as an eccentric, but her teacher, the Burmese master U Ba Khin, recognized her inner accomplishments and encouraged her to be a dharma teacher.

Ruth was playful, innovative and highly creative. She never wore robes, dressing in colorful outfits, costume jewelry and marvelous hats.

She was a dear woman, adored by her students. I can easily imagine her dancing in the clouds as we think of her during this time of transition.

Dance on, Ruth!! Thanks for the great inspiration of your life and teachings. I pray we may meet again in auspicious circumstances.

Prema Dasara



Dance Tara on Maui w/ Prema – Kihei – Feb 3

In the Ecstatic Dance
Of the Divine Feminine
We Find the Treasure
Of Awakening

Join the Maui Tara Dancers

Tuesday, Feb 3 – Full Moon
6:30 – 9 PM

In Maui Meadows at Linda Gentiluomo’s beautiful home

Dancing the Goddess Tara is uplifting, inspiring and empowering.
It helps create the conditions for our personal awakening
and is a prayer of peace
for the world.

The Tara Dancers are a precious, international community.
Come and celebrate the beauty
and the joy

Feel free to invite
new dancers, friends
and to bring pupus
if you feel inspired.

Suggested Donation $10

Linda’s house is a fragrance free environment so please respect that condition by not wearing perfumes or heavily scented lotions

It is also a vegetarian environment so if you bring pupus…..
no meat or fish please

Om Tare!!!!!

Tara Dancing at the Theosophical Convention

Marlene Butler, one of our Tara Dhatu facilitators in Napier, New Zealand, was invited to share Tara and the dance at the 118th National Summer Convention of the Theosophical Society January 11th. The theme was “The Way Forward for Humanity: Achieving Universal Brother/Sisterhood”.  Held at the Napier Girls High School, attendance was from all over New Zealand, Australia and as far away as the Philippines.

Marlene writes…

Marlene and Tania

I have been presenting Tara’s dance and Tibetan bowl guided meditations at the Theosophical Society from the end of 2013 through 2014.  Chris Hensley, the President of the Napier chapter of the New Zealand TS, asked if I would like to present a Tara Dance meditation and talk at the convention.

There were sixty five men and women who joined me for the session. It was magical. All were very present and willing to join in the dancing. We were mainly a group of middle aged folk with a very mature young woman of 90, Tania, who was incredibly joyful that she could join in and experience the beauty of the moving meditation.

We danced the “Prayer of Motivation” which we in Napier call the “Tara Haka”. Some of the men in the group especially connected with this prayer. We followed with the dance of the “Mantra of Tara” and then I introduced the “21 Qualities of Tara”.

The convention was held the week the world was saddened and shocked by the tragic shooting that took place in France. Contrary to the intent of the terrorists, the world came together in a profound and unifying way.

I set the intention that we dance Green Tara’s 21 Qualities for the coming together and unifying of all people, linking our hearts with the heart of every man, woman and child.. The beauty and power of the dance touched us all and it was requested that another session be organized for the following day.

During the dance Tania stood next to me and held my hand.  She reported being just a little dizzy but when I suggested she could sit down she said, “I’m loving this dance and I will manage fine!”

The next day Tania was there waiting to once again participate. This session was just as enriching and well received. There was another woman who had some sort of injury and was hobbling with a walking stick, and she participated both days. Don’t you just love it when this happens?

Murray, from Auckland, one of the leaders of the TS, has offered to help with any logistics for Prema’s Auckland visit in July.  The TS has a quarter yearly magazine TheoSophia  and they are publishing my article, “Alchemy through Trust and theTara Dance” in their March edition. It was truly a refreshing and inspiring experience.

Om Tare!!!

Alchemy Through Trust & The Tara Dance

Marlene Butler, one of our very active Tara Dance Facilitators in Napier, New Zealand was invited to write an Article for the fifth edition of ALUNA TEMPLE MAGAZINE dedicated to ALCHEMY. 14 Authors from All Walks of Life gathered to Birth this edition on Solstice Eve. They explored Alchemy through Breath, Dance, Sacred Sexuality, Singing, Walking the Land, Colour and Dancing with Trust this Sacred Labyrinth that Life is…  Marlene’s article is on Page 36

Alchemy through Trust and the Tara Dance”.

Or you can click this link to view the article as a pdf file:     ALCHEMY – DECEMBER 2014 – PDF

Prayers for Long Life and Good Health

Andrea Abinanti, one of our senior teachers and a long time resident of the Kathmandu Valley invites Tara Dhatu every year to participate in sponsoring prayers of long life based on the aspect of Tara called Ushnishavijaya (All Female Buddhas are “Taras”)

During the time of the empowerment of the deity and the prayers of long life she reads out names that are sent to her for special attention. We have made it a custom to invite our members to submit names of people who need healing or who have recently died. The offerings were generous this year so not only were we able to help sponsor the empowerment and the 1000 offerings but  Andrea and friends will also have the Swayumbu Stupa painted and decorated on new year’s day.

When the Buddha turned thirty-eight, through his clairvoyance, he saw his mother had been reborn in the Realm of the 33rd Heaven, Tushita. In order to repay her kindness, he went there to give her teachings. He stayed for the duration of the rainy season. While residing there, the god Supratistha heard a voice saying he was to die in seven days. Brahma and Indra told him they were powerless and unable to come up with a remedy. Touching their heads to the Buddha’s feet, they requested his help. The Buddha entered samadhi and perceived the mandala of Ushnisha Vijaya and the Nine Gods…the Wisdom of all the Buddhas in the form of the great Mother (Yum). Her name Vijaya means ‘Total Victory’, because no harm can happen which she is not able to dispel, especially harm that leads to death.

During this time the god Sthiramati also heard a voice not only telling him he would die in seven days, but he would take rebirth as a filthy pig. In great despair he approached the Buddha. From the Buddha’s crown, ushnisha, rays of light radiated out, lighting up countless universes. As the light rays reabsorbed into the Buddha’s crown, Ushnisha Vijaya’s mantra resounded for the duration of seven days. As a result he took a precious human rebirth…

The offerings of lights and prayers to Ushnishavijaya…

The main altar with the mandala of Chenrezic behind…

The long-life stupa and vase of the goddess used in the initiation…

Ghen Gyalpo, presiding over the ritual. He kindly came out of retreat to offer us the initiation…

Andrea reads  the names our members submitted of those who need healing and those who have recently died.

Ghen Gyalpo bestowing the initiation and Luca Corona kindly translating for us!

Ghen Gyalpo offering us the long-life pills…

Happy New Year to all!


Tara Dhatu members contributed to the offerings and Pujas performed in Swayumbhu kathmandu arranged for us by Andrea Abinanti. She sent these pictures with commentary for us to enjoy.

May All Beings Be Blessed with Good Health and Prosperity

The Long-life Ushnishavijaya puja offered on New Year’s morning. The prayers began at 5am…May all beings be happy and have good health!

Offerings for the goddess of Long-life…

This Arya Tara statue spoke to Drubthop Rinpoche, she told him she wanted to stay here in this monastery, while the Shakyamuni statue sitting next to her said he would not stay…the next day some devotees came and told Rinpoche they were building a monastery in Boudhgaya …they requested the Buddha statue be given to them…

Chenrezic with a thousand arms…in Tibet Gelong-ma (nun) Palmo stood in front of this statue reciting prayers for the well being of all. She is the lineage holder of the Nyung-nye practice.

The first of the lamp offerings for the New Year…

The beginning of the whitewashing of Swayambhu Stupa…