The 21 Taras – Pema Khandro’s Birthday Celebration
With Pema Khandro
December 2, 2023
Tara is considered to be the mother of all Buddhas. Prayers to her counteract illness and obstacles. There are numerous prayers, praises and meditations upon Tara, one of the most precious is that of the 21 Taras. The 21 Taras meditation is a poetic supplication of the female bodhisattva Tara in her many forms. It is practiced in all the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism as a prayer for protection from fears, calamities, and harm. It celebrates the manifold powers of the divine feminine as nurturing, magnetizing and fierce in her many forms as mother, teacher and tamer.
The beautiful practices of Tara were revealed as treasures and commented on by great masters of Tibetan Buddhism including an oral commentarial tradition of Rongzompa, Taranatha, Jigme Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. In this program, Pema Khandro will give the oral transmission (lung) which is the initiation to practice the meditation known as the Praises to the 21 Taras. Following this, chanting of this profoundly inspiring practice in English will be led by sangha members.
This program is offered as part of our annual year end celebration of Tara on the birthday of Lama Pema Khandro Rinpoche. Every year on Pema Khandro’s birthday, the community celebrates with a practice of Tara.
All the proceeds from this event will go to support the organization. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Pema Khandro is an internationally renowned teacher and scholar of Buddhist philosophy. Ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku, and trained as an academic, her teachings celebrate the dynamic coalescence of tradition and the modern context. She is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects: The Buddhist Studies Institute, Dakini Mountain and the Yogic Medicine Institute. In her work as a Buddhist teacher she is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and was enthroned to carry on the lineage of her predecessor, the first Pema Khandro, an early twentieth century…
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