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Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “Rely Upon Tara”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche painting Tara, Nepal, 1976.
Photo by Peter Iseli.
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There are so many inner obstacles to the development of your mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. Therefore you must rely upon a special deity, or buddha, such as Tara. All the actions of the buddhas have manifested in this female aspect of buddha, Tara the Liberator, in order to help living beings to accomplish successfully both temporal and ultimate happiness.

–Lama Zopa Rinpoche

New Arrivals

108 Names of Tara Downloadable Card 108 Names of Tara Downloadable Card

Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised on the design for this card of the 108 Names of Tara in Tibetan. Size: 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm)
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Green Tara Postcard Green Tara Postcard

This painting of Green Tara is a copy of a famous early Newar or Eastern Indian thangka that is now housed in the Cleveland Museum, which has been dated to around 1260. This painting was once attributed to a brilliant 13th-century Newar artist named Arniko, who was reputedly appointed master artist to the Chinese court of Kublai Khan when he was only 18 years of age. Size: 7.25 x 6 inches (18 x 15 cm)
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How to Free Your Mind - The Practice of Tara the Liberator How to Free Your Mind -
The Practice of Tara the Liberator

Thubten Chodron describes a simple meditation on Tara, explaining its benefits and its application to daily life. She also presents two well-loved praises—“Homage to the Twenty-one Taras” and “A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible”—together with reflections on their meanings for modern practitioners.
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Secret Revelations of Chittamani Tara Secret Revelations of Chittamani Tara

Secret Revelations of Chittamani Tara is a commentary to the practice of both the generation and completion stages of the highest yoga tantra deity Chittamani Tara composed by Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo. It is based on teachings that Gargyi Wangpo Takphu Dorje Chang received directly from Tara, and contains many profound oral instructions that are not easily found elsewhere.
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The Practices of Tara

Green Tara - A Short Practice of Green Tara Green Tara -
A Short Practice of Green Tara

There are innumerable manifestations of Tara arising according to sentient beings' needs, such as the dynamic Green Tara who quickly overcomes obstacles and saves beings in dangerous situations. While cultivating the wish that all of our endeavors ultimately benefit others, we can call upon the power of Tara to get things done in a most amazing way. Whether you are looking for the right partner in a relationship or wishing to find the conditions for entering into a life of solitary retreat, the practice of Tara can help.
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White Tara - Meditations on White Tara White Tara -
Meditations on White Tara

The practice of White Tara strengthens and restores good health and life-force energy by gathering all the various elements needed to sustain and nurture health and removing life obstacles. This meditation can be done on behalf of oneself or others. It is frequently done to remove the obstacles to our gurus' long lives and health. If one has experienced many health problems, accidents, depression, or a loss of "lust for life," the practice of White Tara can be especially powerful.
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Tara Chittamani Retreat Sadhana Tara Chittamani Retreat Sadhana

This retreat sadhana was originally translated by the late Lama Thubten Yeshe. By wishing to practice the close lineage that leads to the perfection of Tara Chittamani, supreme and common realizations are quickly attained. Contents Include: Chittamani Tara Retreat Sadhana, Commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Praises to the Twenty-One Taras (chantable Tibetan and English versions).
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Deity Yoga Deity Yoga

Deity Yoga describes the profound process of meditation in Action and Performance tantras, the basis of higher tantric practices. In addition to explaining the meditative rites of deity yoga, it provides the second and third parts of the Great Exposition of Secret Mantra by Tsong-ka-pa, which detail special deity yoga techniques for developing the heart, mind and physical form of a buddha. Interested students will be glad to know that the mudras (hand gestures) that accompany the meditations are clearly illustrated.
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TSA TSA - The Preliminary Practice of TSA -TSAS TSA TSA -
The Preliminary Practice of TSA -TSAS

The presence of holy objects in the world transforms the minds of sentient beings and helps them realize the path to enlightenment. In addition, the preliminary practice of making tsa-tsas (devotional castings) purifies obstacles and creates positive conditions for this and future lives. This booklet contains all the instructions needed for creating tsa-tsas, including the actual practice and practical advice.
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The Praises to Tara

Praises to the Twenty-One Taras - MP3 Download Praises to the Twenty-One
Taras - MP3 Download

Praises to the Twenty-One Taras is an especially good prayer to learn in Tibetan. It carries with it the blessing of centuries of constant repetition by those with faith in Tara. This recording by Lama Zopa Rinpoche provides a unique opportunity to chant a powerful prayer with a powerful teacher.
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Cittamani Tara Puja  - MP3 Download Cittamani Tara Puja - MP3 Download

This download is the complete 'Cittamani Four Mandala Offering' puja, chanted by the monks of Kopan Monastery. This recording allows you follow the text of the puja easily. It is an excellent practice for removing obstacles, resolving intractable situations and shifting stagnation in one's life. It involves chanting praises to the 21 Taras, long mandala offerings, flower strewing and optional prostrations.
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Praises of Tara - MP3 Download Praises of Tara - MP3 Download

Starting early morning, the nuns from Khachoe Chakyil Ling Nunnery (Kopan Nunnery) chant special Buddhist prayers, including Tara prayers, the female Buddha who embodies the wisdom and the compassion of all enlightened beings. Recorded on location in Nepal.
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The Faces of Tara

Enamel Green Tara Pendant Enamel Green Tara Pendant

Green Tara pendant with green enamel made on stainless steel with a sturdy brown cord. Back of the pendant has the seed syllable TAM.
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White Tara Poster White Tara Poster

White Tara is extremely beautiful and youthful, adorned with all manner of divine silk and jewel ornaments, and she sits in vajra-posture upon a white moon disc and a multicolored lotus. The three eyes of her face symbolize the purities of her body, speech and mind; and the four eyes in her palms and soles represent the four immeasurables.
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Green Tara Thangka Extra Small Green Tara Thangka Extra Small

Pray to Green Tara for the quick attainment of realizations and also for worldly desires. Hand-painted on cloth by Nepali-Tibetan artists in Nepal using traditional painting techniques and materials with significant gold accents.
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White Tara Statue 8 Inch White Tara Statue 8 Inch

Offering a statue of White Tara for the long life of someone with life hindrances can be very auspicious for the welfare of that person. Statue in copper, with gold gilding and hand-painted face in gold. Handcrafted by Nepali-Tibetan artisans in Nepal.
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Green Tara Thangka Medium - High Quality Brocade Green Tara Thangka
Medium - High Quality Brocade

Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan). It is said that he wept as he looked upon the world of suffering beings, his tears forming a lake in which a lotus sprung up. When the lotus opened, the goddess Tara was revealed. This beautiful thangka of Green Tara was hand-painted in Nepal by Nepali artisans especially for The Foundation Store.
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White Tara Thangka Extra Small White Tara Thangka Extra Small

White Tara is the female manifestation of enlightened long life energy and good health. Offering a thangka painting of White Tara for the long life of someone with life hindrances can be very auspicious. Hand-painted by Nepali-Tibetan artists in Kathmandu, Nepal using traditional painting techniques and materials with significant gold accents.
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The Flags and Incense of Tara

Green Tara Prayer Flag Green Tara Prayer Flag

Green Tara symbolize the unending compassion of the goddess who labors day and night to relieve suffering. Prayer flags can be hung either horizontally on the eaves of a building or fastened vertically to posts. They can also be hung indoors to increase spiritual atmosphere.
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White Tara Prayer Flag White Tara Prayer Flag

White Tara is the manifestation in female form of the enlightened energy of long life and good health. She has seven eyes and radiates a peaceful demeanor, seated in full meditation posture.
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Tara Pole Prayer Flag Tara Pole Prayer Flag

This large vertical flag features White Tara, a female buddha in Mahayana Buddhism known as the "Mother of All Buddhas." She represents the motherly aspect of compassion, long life, healing and serenity. This flag is made of poly silk and features the prayer "Praises to the Twenty-One Taras."
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Green Tara Incense Green Tara Incense

Green Tara Incense is handmade according to traditional Tibetan methods and is designed to support meditation and concentration. Ingredients: Santalum album (white sandalwood), Shorea robusta (saldhoop resin), Illicium verum (star anise), Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) One bundle of approx. 20 sticks.
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