We joyfully announce the sixth annual Tara Drupchen to be held by the Nalandabodhi International sangha on the weekend of Sept. 24–26.
This weekend practice intensive includes sadhana or ritual practice, meditations, and teachings from Nalandabodhi teachers. All are welcome to attend online, make prayer requests, and offer positive aspirations by registering for this free event.
Your offerings and donations are appreciated and help us make these, and other, events accessible to all.
What is the Purpose of This Practice?
The purpose of this practice is to dispel fear and cultivate compassion. 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 loving-kindness and compassion — and a strong resolve to dispel the fears of all beings.
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.
Who is Tara?
In addition to being a symbol of our fearless nature of mind, Tara is also a historical figure. She was a devout practitioner and princess who vowed to attain full awakening in a female body, demonstrating that gender is not a barrier to enlightenment. Therefore, Tara is considered both a symbolic representation of our inner qualities and a historical, female bodhisattva.
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.
The liturgy used during this Drupchen practice is the Heart of the Two Accumulations (ཟབ་ཏིག་སྒྲོལ་མ།), which will be screen shared for both the Tibetan and English practice sessions.
Will There Be Recordings?
Sessions and teachings will be recorded and become available for viewing 24-48 hours after recording. The recordings will be available for 10 days after the event until October 6th. We ask for your patience as our volunteers work to make these available to all participants. While recordings will be available, it is recommended that participants who are able to attend live, do so.
What is the Schedule?
The daily schedule is 7a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific time. Several Nalandabodhi Acharyas and Mitras will teach about Tara and the liturgy in the weeks leading up to the Drupchen. The detailed schedule of the Drupchen and these teachings will be posted here when schedule is finalized.
Many hands make light work! There are several ways a volunteer can help make this year’s Tara Drupchen a success and many of these do not require physical presence at Nalanda West. Please check the box on the registration form if you are interested in more information about volunteering.
How can I make prayer requests?
Prayer requests are an integral part of the Tara Drupchen practice and all are encouraged to make as many prayer requests as you wish. These will be both displayed physically at Nalanda West as well as on a slide show during the Drupchen breaks. Follow this link for submitting prayer requests.