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Green Tara by Peter Iseli

Painting of Buddha Tara by Peter Iseli

Tara, The Liberator, is a completely enlightened buddha who had previously promised to appear, after enlightenment, in the form of a female bodhisattva for the benefit of all beings. Her primary activity is to protect from the eight fears. Tara or simply Drol-ma in Tibetan, is one of the most widely venerated deities in Tibet. Tara represents the miraculous activities of all buddhas. In myth she is born from Chenrezig’s tears of compassion. There are innumerable manifestations of Tara arising according to the needs of others, such as the dynamic Green Tara who quickly overcomes obstacles and saves beings in dangerous situations.

FPMT Education Services is pleased to announce a revised Short Practice of Green Tara.  This practice includes the short sadhana, commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and three versions of Praises to the Twenty-One Taras. A Kriya Tantra empowerment of Green Tara is needed to practice this sadhana in full. However, one can do this practice without such an empowerment as long as one does not generate oneself as the deity. If one does not have the empowerment, one can do the self-generation practice at the crown of one’s head.

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Altar for 21 Taras, Kachoe Dechen Ling, November 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Altar for 21 Taras, Kachoe Dechen Ling, November 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“This was once the dining room table until Lama Zopa Rinpoche thought it would be more beneficial for it to become an altar for the 21 Taras!” said Ven. Roger Kunsang, Rinpoche’s assistant, referring to one of the many altars at Kachoe Dechen Ling.


Red Tara at FPMT International Office, Portland, Oregon, US, June 2012. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

A short Tara practice composed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche has just been posted on Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Rinpoche’s commentary “Tara the Liberator” is also available. You can download “Praises to Twenty-One Taras” as a free PDF from In addition, FPMT Education Services recently published a free commentary on the “Praise to the Twenty-One Taras” by Ven. Geshe Dawö. 

Rinpoche was in residence at Kachoe Dechen Ling in Aptos, California, from mid-September to mid-November. Rinpoche is currently at Kopan Monastery in Nepal and will travel to Sera Monastic University in South India in December. Visit “Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Schedule” for details.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.