21 Tārās for the 21st Century – Part 3

21 Tārās for the 21st Century – Part 3

Immersion into Tara’s Enlightened Activities (Taras 15 – 21)
with Dorje Lopӧn Chandra Easton
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Start date: Sundays, May 1, 2022 – August 7, 2022

Webcast Schedule

Key Features

This course is Part 3 of a yearlong transformational study program in which Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and Tārā Mandala’s Assistant Spiritual Director, reveals the 21 aspects of Tārā, the female Buddha of Compassion. In this third and final part of the immersion, Lopön Chandra will teach on Tārās 15 – 21.

This course is suitable for those joining for the first time, as well as for those who participated in the previous 21 Tārā’s courses and all who have a desire to go deeper into their study of Tara’s enlightened activity. All are welcome. This session is a stand-alone study of Taras 15-21 and you do not need to have received the teachings in Part 1 or Part 2 in order to participate.

Tārā is also an archetypal representation of the human qualities and skillful means we all have within us, including but not limited to, deep compassion. 

You will explore the universal aspects of the empowered feminine in her many diverse forms that support us in befriending our fears and overcoming the very real human challenges we meet in our daily lives. Through powerful and inspiring stories about real women, both historic and modern, Buddhist and non Buddhist, you will gain knowledge and personal experience about the myriad qualities of these 21 Tārās. 

Over the course of 7 sessions, you will have the opportunity to become immersed in the world of Tārā through study, practice, and connection with others on this path.

These are some of the women you will learn about in this course:

  • Vandana Shiva
  • Nawal El Sadaawi
  • Ani Chöying Drölma
  • Zainab Salbi
  • Toni Morrison
  • Machig Labdrön
  • Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Susan Burton
  • Jane Goodall
  • Qiu Jin, and many others

Lopön Chandra will also weave in stories from her own life and share beautiful melodies to Tārā’s mantra.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explore the symbolic meaning and purpose of each Tārās 15th through 21st of the 21 Tārā’s through talks, readings, and discussions. 
  • Meditate Tārās 15th through 21st of the 21 Tārās, bringing their unique and powerful energy into yourself and your life.
  • Share and explore inspiring stories about women who emulate the Tārās’ myriad human characteristics, both historic and modern, Buddhist and non-Buddhist.
  • Through stories of challenge and triumph, suffering and liberation you will gain insight into your own personal experience of the healing powers of Tārā. 
  • Express Tārā’s qualities through art, poetry, and any form of expression you choose.  
  • Learn the personal process called Guided Journey with Tārā, a process adapted from Lama Tsultrim’s Guided Journey with the Dakini, to discover healing and insights within yourself.

Who Is This Course For?

Part 3 of this yearlong course is open to everyone who feels a connection to Tārā’s energy of compassion, skillful means, and service to the world. It is a deep dive for those who long to activate their own power and healing by inviting the 21 aspects of the divine, empowered, badass, awakened feminine energies to come alive in you!

This course is suitable for those joining for the first time, as well as, for those who participated in the previous 21 Tārā’s courses and who have a desire to go deeper. All are welcome.

For those who joined the 21 Tārā’s course in 2020 and would like to continue the journey with this more in-depth offering, please contact Online Programs here to receive a 25% discount.

To register for the complete yearlong course (Parts 1-3), click here.

Includes:

  • Live Zoom sessions of 2 hours each.
  • Live teachings and discussion with Lopön Chandra Easton
  • Guided meditations for each Tārā
  • Readings on historical and modern Tārās 
  • Audio and video recordings of each session
  • The chance to connect with other practitioners in the group, in a supported space, to share experiences. 

Access:

  • You will have access for (1) one year to all materials as well as recordings of all live webcasts until August 7, 2023.

Tiered-Prices

Tara Mandala offers tiered pricing for all online courses to allow participants the opportunity to offer additional financial support. Additional support helps Tara Mandala expand access to transformational and inspiring teachings even in difficult times. We encourage you to select at the highest level within your capacity, be a part of this vision, and help cover the costs of offering these wonderful teachings. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!

Tier 1: $360

Registration at this level covers the basic costs of holding this online course.

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Tier 2: $396

Registration at this level covers basic costs of this online course, generates funds for scholarships, and ensures yearlong sustainability for Tara Mandala.

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Tier 3: $432

Registration at this level covers basic costs for this online course, generates additional funding for scholarships, Tara Mandala’s year around operations, and also supports the development of new course content to be offered in the future.

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Offering dana to the teacher: The practice of offering dana, which means “generosity,” is the traditional offering the student makes to the teacher as a symbol of appreciation, gratitude, and reciprocity for receiving the precious teachings. Information on offering dana to the teacher will be provided during the online program. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.

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Sustaining Sangha:

If you are currently a member of our Sustaining Sangha, you may apply your Online Course discount to this program.

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Each session has 2 hours of teachings, discussion and guided meditations

There are various traditions of meditating on the 21 Taras. The tradition we hold at Tara Mandala and therefore in this course is the Nyingma Terma tradition of Jigme Lingpa.

Part 3

Session 15

Tārā Fifteen: Drölma Rabzhima (Skt. Tārā Praśāntī)

Drölma Rabzhima, “Perfectly Calm One,” washes away all negative actions and brings bliss and happiness to all beings. 

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 16

Tārā Sixteen: Drölma Rigngag Tobzhoma (Skt. Tārā Kiraṇojjvalā)

Drölma Rigngag Tobzhoma joyfully pacifies all curses and spells, bringing peace, love, and compassion into the hearts of all beings.

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 17

Tārā Seventeen: Drölma Pagme Nönma (Skt. Tārā Aprameyākramaṇī)

Drölma Pagmé Nönma eradicates all forms of violence and cruelty, thus she is known as the “Tara of Nonviolence.”

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 18

Tārā Eighteen: Drölma Maja Chenmo (Skt. Tārā Mahāmāyūrī)

Drölma Maja Chenmo, the “Great Peacock Goddess,” protects the world and all beings from poison and pollution. She is especially renowned for protecting children. 

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 19

Tārā Nineteen: Drölma Dugkarmo (Skt. Tārā Ajitarājñī)

Drölma Dugkarmo, “Invincible Queen of the White Umbrella” protects beings from nightmares, bad omens, and misfortune. She destroys all obstacles and future dangers, bringing calm and peace to all.

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 20

Tārā Twenty: Drölma Ritrö Loma Gyönma (Skt. Tārā Śabarī)

Drölma Ritrö Loma Gyönma, “Noble Lady of Mountain Retreat Who is Clothed in Leaves” heals all contagious disease and deadly epidemics.

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 21

Tārā Twenty-One: Drölma Lhamo Özer Chenma (Skt. Tārā Mārīcī)

Drölma Lhamo Özer Chenma,Goddess Endowed With Light” protects our vitality and increases longevity. She is renowned for protecting animals and travelers.

Learn about women who embody this Tārā’s enlightened activities.

 

Session 22

Concluding celebration with Kirtan and special guests! We will have time to share and explore ways to take our next steps with this important work of embodying Tara in the world.

Sundays from May 1, 2022 – August 7, 2022

10:00am-12:00pm Mountain Time

(Click here to see how this converts to your time zone.)

 

Session 15 – May 1, 2022

Session 16 – May 15, 2022

Session 17 – May 29, 2022

Session 18 – June 12, 2022

Session 19 – June 26, 2022

Session 20 – July 10, 2022

Session 21 – July 24, 2022

Session 22 – August 7, 2022