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21 Tārās for the 21st Century

21 Tārās for the 21st Century

A Yearlong Immersion into Tārā’s Enlightened Activities
with Dorje Lopӧn Chandra Easton

Start date: Bi-monthly on Sundays, September 19, 2021 – August 7, 2022

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Key Features

In this yearlong transformational study program, Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and Tārā Mandala’s Assistant Spiritual Director, reveals the 21 aspects of Tārā, the female Buddha of Compassion. Tārā is also an archetypal representation of 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 the year, you will have the opportunity to become immersed in the world of Tārā through study, practice, and connection with others on this path.

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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 of the 21 Tārā’s through talks, readings, and discussions.
  • Meditate each 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?

This course is open to everyone who may feel 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 both for those who participated in the previous 21 Tārā’s course and had a desire to go deeper, and for those joining for the first time. All are welcome.

For those who joined the 21 Tārā’s course in 2020, please email onlineprograms@taramandala.org if you would like to register for this new and more in-depth offering so you can receive a 25% discount.

Please note that there will not be an opportunity to join this course once it has begun.

Includes:

  • Bi-monthly 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 (one year access)
  • The chance to connect with other practitioners in the group, in a supported space, to share experiences.
  • One year access to the program.

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: $1080

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

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Tier 2: $1188

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: $1296

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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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 1

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Session 1

Introduction & Orientation

History & Meaning of 21 Taras

Tārā One: Nyurma Pamo (Sanskrit: Tārā Turavīrā)

Nyurma Pamo means the Swift Goddess. With her compassionate power, she liberates beings from suffering and protects them from fear. Removing obstacles and opening our heart to love and compassion is another power of the swift Tārā, Nyurma Pamo.

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

 

Session 2

Tārā Two: Loter Yang Chenma (Skt. Tārā Vajra Sarasvatī) 

Tārā Vajra Sarasvatī is the Tārā of knowledge, wisdom and eloquence. She is also the goddess of music, art, poetry, and all forms of composition. Tārā Vajra Sarasvatī is closely associated with the Hindu Goddess Sarasvatī.

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

 

Session 3

Tārā Three: Sermo Sönam Tobkye (Skt. Vasudhārā) 

This Tārā bestows wealth and longevity and liberates beings through the Six Perfections: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditative stability, and transcendent wisdom. 

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

 

Session 4

Tārā Four: Tsugtor Namgyalma (Skt. Tārā Uṣṇīṣavijayā) 

Tārā Tsugtor Namgyalma bestows health and longevity. She is associated with Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas. 

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

 

Session 5

Tārā Five: Rigje Lhamo (Skt. Kurukullā) 

Tārā Kurukullā magnetizes people, wealth, and resources.

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

 

Session 6

Tārā Six: Jigje Chenmo (Skt. Tārā Mahābairavā)

Tārā Mahābairavā is a fierce compassionate Buddha who completely destroys negativity. She heals delusion, insanity, and memory loss.

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

 

Session 7

Tārā Seven: Zhengyi Mitubma (Skt. Tārā Aparadhṛṣyā)

Zhengyi Mitubma’s fierce power pacifies wars and natural disasters. 

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

 

PART 2

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Session 8

Tārā Eight: Zhen Migyalwa’i Pamo (Skt. Tārā Aparajitā) 

The eighth Tārā is called the “Invincible Heroine Who Destroys Criticism and Harm.” She brings about resolution to conflict, including arguments and lawsuits. 

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

 

Session 9

Tārā Nine: Sengdeng Nag (Skt. Tārā Khadiravaṇī)

This is the main Tara, known commonly as “Green Tara.” Her epithet is “Tārā of the Teak Forest Who Protects from All Fears.”

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

 

Session 10

Tārā Ten: Jigten Sumle Gyalma (Skt. Tārā Trailokavijayā) 

The tenth Tārā overpowers the universe with her love and compassion and brings supreme joy to all. She purifies inner and outer obstacles to spiritual practice.

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

 

Session 11

Tārā Eleven: Norterma (Skt. Tārā Vasudā)

Norterma’s shower of blessings fills the entire world, completely liberating all beings from the suffering of poverty.

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

 

Session 12

Tārā Twelve: Tashi Dönjema (Skt. Tārā Maṅgalārthā)

Tārā Maṅgalārthā brings timely seasons, healthy children, prosperity, and harmony to the land. 

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

 

Session 13

Tārā Thirteen: Drölma Yullay Gyaljema (Skt. Tārā Ripu Cakra Vināśinī)

Drölma Yullay Gyaljema’s fierce power protects all beings from war and violence, preventing destruction caused by anger and aggression.

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

 

Session 14

Tārā Fourteen: Drölma Tronyer Chenma (Skt. Tārā Bhṛkuṭī)

Drölma Tronyer Chenma transforms and liberates all negativity into the true nature of reality.

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

 

PART 3

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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.

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Sundays from September 19, 2021 – September 18, 2022 (No class on Dec. 26, April 17, Sept. 4)

 

10:00am-12:00pm Mountain Time

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Session 1 – September 19, 2021

Session 2 – October 3, 2021

Session 3 – October 17, 2021

Session 4 – October 31, 2021

Session 5 – November 14, 2021

Session 6 – November 28, 2021

Session 7 – December 12, 2021

BREAK WEEK – December 26, 2021

Session 8 – January 9, 2022

Session 9 – January 23, 2022

Session 10 – February 6, 2022

Session 11 – February 20, 2022

Session 12 – March 6, 2022

Session 13 – March 20, 2022

Session 14 – April 2, 2022

BREAK WEEK – April 17, 2022

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

Session 23 – August 21, 2022

BREAK WEEK – September 4, 2022

Session 24 – September 18, 2022