Sponsor a Tara on the 1000 Tara
To Garchen Triptrül Rinpoche
We offer this Tara Thangka as a token
of our love for you, your teachings and the mandala you have
created known as the Southwest Buddhafield.
May Tara hold you in her arms always.
May she hold the
teachings and the Center near and dear.
In all lifetimes, may Tara rain a continuous stream of
blessings upon you and your disciples.
May Tara firmly establish the Southwest Buddhafield in
May virtue increase and harmony within the Sangha blaze
May all who gaze upon her, be inspired to diligently
practice your teachings.
And may we all link arms, victory banners in hand, and
approach the stronghold of enlightenment together for the
benefit of all Beings.
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To all of you in Garchen Rinpoche’s Mandala,
I have some miraculous news to share with you regarding the
Southwest Buddhafield Endowment/Trust Fund. It’s really
quite an amazing story. In November during the 2006
Vajrakilaya Drubchen, blessings rained down like a summer
monsoon. One of the blessings goes like this:
Christina Lundberg, a student of Garchen Rinpoches’,
proposed we commission a large thangka with White Tara
(Garchen Rinpoche) in the center surrounded by 1,000 Taras
(the sangha). For each person contributing $1,000 to the
Endowment Fund, he or she would choose which Tara they
wished to be on the thangka. I thought this a great idea, as
did everyone here at the Center, and Christina was asked to
write to the thangka painter she knows in Nepal to see if he
could do this. Upon contacting him, he reported he had a
thangka just like this already painted in his studio in
Katmandu and that it would have taken a year to a year and a
half to paint another one. Clearly this was our thangka!
Three sangha members immediately came forth to purchase the
thangka, and we were able to present it to Garchen Rinpoche
and the sangha on Losar morning. It now hangs in the Garchen
Institute Temple next to Lord Jigten Sumgon. The best
surprise is that not only is the thangka stunning, the White
Tara in the center looks just like Garchen Rinpoche! She has
a masculine torso, and her biceps look like she’s been
working out in the Bodhisattva gym. See for yourself, as
I’ve included a photo of her with this letter.
For anyone who would like to be a Tara, we would welcome
your help. There are four rainbow spheres filled with Taras
surrounding the large central Tara, and for anyone who would
like to be a “rainbow sphere Tara,” we’re asking for a
$5,000 donation. If every Tara on the thangka is sponsored,
we will reach our goal of raising 2 million dollars to seed
the Endowment Fund.
To contribute, checks can be made payable to the “Southwest
Buddhafield Endowment Fund” and sent to:
Monica Johnson, Treasurer
98 Porter Rd.
Howell, NJ 07731-8614
Your donations are tax deductible.
Special Video Message from H.E. Garchen
Rinpoche for the Endowment
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's Message
Tara Practice for the Southwest Buddhafield Endowment!
Sadhana PDF |
Sadhana Tibetan MP3 |
Sadhana Tibetan MP3 |
We have set up a Tara mantra accumulation counter on our
website. Here's why!
In our recent meetings with Garchen Rinpoche about the
Endowment, Rinpoche emphasized Tara practice. Last summer we
asked Rinpoche if there was any practice that we could do to
help establish the Endowment, and Rinpoche's answer was
this: "Tara practice. Arya Tara will accomplish everything."
We met with Rinpoche during the Vajrakilaya drupchen this
November, and he again stressed the importance of Tara
practice. "If you rely on the practice of Arya Tara, the
conditions for accomplishing the Endowment will naturally
Based on Rinpoche's instructions, we have come to believe
that prayers and aspirations in support of the Endowment
Fund are just as important as financial donations.
For those of you who, like us, are not able to give a lot of
money, yet sincerely want to help, this is how! Please
dedicate some Tara practice, either the Green Tara root
mantra or the White Tara mantra, to the fulfillment of this
noble project. It will definitely help. May our prayers and
practice bring about the stability of the Garchen Institute,
and may our beloved Garchen Rinpoche and Traga Rinpoche
flourish! May beings centuries from now (ourselves,
possibly) benefit from this work!
Monica and Bill
White Dzambhala for the Southwest Buddhafield Endowment!
Sadhana PDF |
Garchen Sangha Doing Dzambhala Pracitce - MP3
Garchen Rinpoche has been recommending
this practice for the benefit of the Institute and the
Endowment for more than 3 years. At the conclusion of all
drubchens this practice is done faithfully. Please join
along using the media above for your practice.
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha