First taster video of the Vesak exhibition

Background: In 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche commissioned Peter Iseli to paint a GIANT 21 Taras ‘thangka’ – a painting containing ancient geometry to calm the mind of anyone looking at it. Peter and his wife Jangchub Iseli-Sangmo spent four years creating the thangka, one section at a time, in a studio at Institut Vajra Yogini in France.

At the end of 2017, Lama Zopa gave the 15m x 9m 21 Taras Thangka to Tara Institute in Melbourne, Australia, “to show to as many people as possible”.

After 2018 exhibitions with White Night and at the Heart of Wisdom retreat, Rinpoche requested changes, which Peter duly made in Melbourne in 2019. Since then, the thangka had been stored in an elegant cabinet at Tara Institute.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche passed away on April 13, 2023. Yet his wishes were finally to be fulfilled once more at the May 13 multicultural Vesak commemoration: a ‘Sangha Dana’ lunch offering to sangha of all the different traditions, a Friendship Walk through the streets, and chanting and interfaith messages in the Melbourne Town Hall, where the 21 Taras Thangka blessed everyone present, to a soundtrack of Lama Zopa invoking the 21 Taras.

Watch the first taster video of that wonderful occasion with his dedication verses:

Rinpoche invited all the philosophy teachers (Geshes & Geshemas) from Kopan Monastery & Nunnery, as well as some of the staffs from Kopan Monastery & senior nuns from Kopan Nunnery to the Chandragiri Hill Resort – Kathmandu, Nepal; Photographer: Lobsang Sherab; 2021-11

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