For centuries the great Tibetan monasteries have held Prayer Festivals, called Monlams or Drupchens. As part of a cycle of prayer and practice, the monastics present to the community gloriously costumed and masked dancers, enacting their sacred commitment to protect and attract well being for all in their care.
In 1986 His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the greatest meditation masters of our time, witnessed the first development of the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. He predicted that the choreographer, Prema Dasara, would teach this dance all over the world. He said that there would be a festival devoted to Tara and that it would be a profound blessing, much like the festivals of dance in the great monasteries of Tibet.
Great Lamas of all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and His Holiness the Karmapa have made sincere requests and prayers that the dance continue to be offered as much as possible as a prayer for peace and for the well being of all.
To fulfill these wishes and the vision of her teacher, HE Tai Situ Rinpoche, Prema Dasara and Tara Dhatu is committed to developing a Tara Monlam, a Festival of Prayer to Tara. It will be based on the Chokjur Lingpa sadhana, The Four Mandala Offerings, that is the basis of the original Tara Dance.
The entire sadhana will be danced and sung, the praises will be offered in dance form 12 times. During this festival there will be practitioners who will keep Tara’s mantra, chanting day and night for five days. The public would be welcome to attend and participate in the chanting, or just witness the dancing. There will be four mandalas of dancers.
How Can You Help?
Our first Tara Monlam will be held in Brasilia, Brazil. We are now forming committees to work on fund raising, publicity, and all the myriad needs an event of this size has. Let us know if you would like to participate in any way.
Perhaps you would like to help sponsor a dancer. We will bring dancers from all over the country and the world to participate in this sincere offering of prayer and promise.
Tara Dhatu Sul América does not have any web page available in English yet, including its on-line store. Then, with much love, we have prepared step-by-step tutorials in English. Please purchase the Portuguese songs to be used in Monlam 2018 for you to get prepared to dance the Mandala of Tara in Brazil.
See below what you need ... and enjoy!
Informations & Contact with:
Central Coordinator Tara Dhatu South America
Assistant Director of the Educational Program of Tara Dhatu
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Or by phone (61) 8116-9670