6th Annual Tara Drupchen
September 24 – 26, 2021
We are happy to announce that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will preside over this year’s Tara Drupchen – online event.
More details to follow
Who or what is Tara?
In all wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, it is said that the antidote to fear is loving-kindness. In Vajrayana Buddhism, the figure of Tara symbolizes the fearless and compassionate energy of our mind’s true nature and a firm resolve to dispel the suffering and fears of all beings.
Tara is also a historical figure, a devout practitioner and princess who, after being told by a group of monks that in order to progress in her dharma path she should pray to be reborn as a man in her next life, vowed to attain full awakening in a female body in order to demonstrate that gender is no barrier to enlightenment. Therefore, Tara is considered both a symbolic representation of our inner qualities and a historical, female bodhisattva. In Tara practice we connect with this fearless and compassionate nature of our own mind, as symbolized by Tara, through a combination of methods—visualization, making offerings, chanting, and meditation—in order to embody and manifest those qualities more fully in our daily life.
What is a “drupchen”?
Drupchen (Tibetan: སྒྲུབ་ཆེན་ ; literally, “great practice [gathering]” or “great accomplishment [gathering]”) is a traditional format for a practice-intensive retreat in the Vajrayana tradition. The practice of Drupchen is said to bring great benefit to its participants and the communities around them. In this way, it is a strong generator of merit, purification, and blessings. It is a powerful method for dispelling obstacles and hindrances for ourselves and our sangha’s dharma activities.