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21 Tārās for the 21st Century

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

21 Tārās for the 21st Century

Befriending Fear & Embodying Compassion

with Dorje Lopӧn Chanda Easton
Part I: May 5 – June 16

Key Features

In this course, Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and Tara Mandala’s Assistant Spiritual Director, reveals the 21 aspects of Tārā, the female Buddha of Compassion. 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. 

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

  • Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • Vandana Shiva 
  • Nawal El Sadaawi 
  • Eve Ensler
  • Adrienne Maree Brown
  • Ani Choying Drolma
  • Zainab Salbi
  • Tenzin Palmo
  • Qiu Jin, and many others 

Lopön Chandra will also weave in stories from her own life. 

During this first Part of a two-part program you will be introduced to the first 12 of the 21 Tārās.  You can sign up for the first Part, or both Part I and II. Part II can also be signed up for separately in the future.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explore the first twelve Tārā’s symbolic meaning and purpose through talks, readings, discussions and guided meditations.  
  • Learn the mantras for each Tārā to bring 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.  

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 an invaluable introduction 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!

Basic Package – Part I

$230 – Early Bird ($275 regular)

Includes:

  • 6 live Zoom sessions of 2 hours each
  • Live teachings and discussion with Lopön Chandra Easton
  • Guided meditations for each Tārā and her mantra
  • Readings on historical and modern Tārās 
  • Audio and video recordings of each session (lifetime access)
Register: Part I – Basic Package

Premium Package – Part I

$255 – Early Bird ($300 regular)

Includes:

  • 6 live Zoom sessions of 2 hours each
  • Live teachings and discussion with Lopön Chandra Easton
  • Guided meditations for each Tārā and her mantra
  • Readings on historical and modern Tārās 
  • Audio and video recordings of each session (lifetime access)
  • A set of 21 Tārās cards with images of our beautiful Tārā statues (from our temple) and mantras for each one.  See this page for the set. 
Register: Part I – Premium Package

Basic Package – Complete Program: Parts I & II

$395

Includes:

  • Parts I and II; Part II is from September 8 to October 13, 2020
  • 12 live Zoom sessions of 2 hours each
  • Live teachings and discussion with Lopön Chandra Easton
  • Guided meditations for each of the 21 Tārās and her mantra
  • Readings on historical and modern Tārās 
  • Audio and video recordings of each session (lifetime access)
Register: Complete Program – Basic Package

Premium Package – Complete Program: Parts I & II 

$420

Includes:

  • Parts I and II; Part II is from September 8 to October 13, 2020
  • 12 live Zoom sessions of 2 hours each
  • Live teachings and discussion with Lopön Chandra Easton
  • Guided meditations for each Tārā and her mantra
  • Readings on historical and modern Tārās 
  • Audio and video recordings of each session (lifetime access)
  • A set of 21 Tārās cards with images of our beautiful Tārā statues (from our temple) and mantras for each one.  See this page for the set.
Register: Complete Program – Premium Package

Deferred Payment Plans and Scholarships:

Please see this page for further information.

Sustaining Sangha:

If you are currently a member of our Sustaining Sangha, you may apply your Online Course discount to the Regular (not the early bird) price.

Week 1 

Introduction & Orientation

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.

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

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

Week 2

Tārā Three: Sermo Sönam Tobkyé (Skt. Vasudhārā) 

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

Tārā Four: Tsugtor Namgyalma (Skt. Tārā Uṣṇīṣavijayā) 

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

Week 3

Tārā Five: Rigjé Lhamo (Skt. Kurukullā) 

Tārā Kurukullā magnetizes people, wealth, and resources. 

Tārā Six: Jigjé Chenmo (Skt. Tārā Mahābairavā)

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

Week 4

Tārā Seven: Zhengyi Mitubma (Skt. Tārā Aparadhṛṣyā)

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

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. 

Week 5

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.”

Tārā Ten: Jigten Sumlé 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.

Week 6

Tārā Eleven: Nortenma (Skt. Tārā Vasudā)

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

Tārā Twelve: Tashi Dönjéma (Skt. Tārā Maṅgalārthā)

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

Tārās thirteen through twenty-one will be taught in Part 2.

Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (California)

Part I:  May 5, 12, and 19 then break for a week, then June 2, 9 and 16
Part II: Sept. 8, Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 13