Although we all feel that our gender strongly identifies who we are, within each of us there is an unlimited source of both male and female energy. The beloved deity Tara, a familiar figure in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, is a female manifestation of enlightenment and, as such, serves to aid all practitioners in arousing their feminine energy. In this session, taught by Don Handrick, we examine Tara’s qualities and activities and explore the transformative power of feminine energy in Buddhist practice.
“Tara is the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, whose Tibetan name means ‘liberator’, signalling her ability to free beings from the delusion and ignorance that keep them trapped in ever-recurring patterns of negativity. She embodies a challenge, but one that is profoundly nurturing: to transform our minds and become like her, reflecting the tranquility, compassion and wisdom that make her so beautiful.”
Ven. Thubten Chodren, ‘How to Free Your Mind’
At Jamyang Bath we celebrate Tara with a puja (ritual chanting of praises) every month. If you want to find out more about this practice, this is your ideal opportunity. More details here
Don has completed the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies. in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study programme in Italy, graduating with high honours. Soon after, he moved to Santa Fe, and in 2006 he was appointed Resident Teacher of the Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Centre.
Don is respected as a well-qualified and hard working teacher, who teaches with humility, kindness and clarity. We thoroughly enjoyed his previous visit to Bath in 2016, and are thrilled that he has agreed to return to the UK this year.
We sing Tara's praises on the last Wednesday of each month, at 6.30.Find out more