Tara the Liberator – The THIRD public exhibition – 19-20 May!

Installation at Great StupaAfter the magnificent success of the SECOND exhibition at White Night Ballarat, Tara the Liberator can next be seen at The Great Stupa, during the Illumin8 Festival. Light shows, performances, the 21 Taras Thangka and the Jade Buddha will bring thousands of people to another of the 160 FPMT-affiliated centres around the world, inspired by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, for developing wisdom and compassion.

LTY & LZR in sun

Over ten thousand people saw Tara the Liberator at White Night Ballarat…

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FIRST exhibition a HUGE success

Posted by Azriel Ferro on FaceBook11pm 17 February – White Night Melbourne
Tara Institute member Jeremy Cohen leads a Tara meditation…

Over 3,000 people saw the 21 Taras Thangka in its first ever exhibition at White Night Melbourne 2018, entitled,”Tara the Liberator”.

Without signs to entice them, these fortunate ones took three escalator rides underground to relax and gaze in comfortable semi-darkness, listening to Lama Zopa’s mantras set to gentle music, some reviewing explanatory maps of the 21 Taras’ powers and praises.

Short meditations on the hour throughout the night provided focus and guidance. In the foyer, people made paper lotuses to offer to Tara or keep as a memento.

Some people meditated throughout the night. Several visitors came back again later, bringing friends and family.  Hundreds signed up to receive resources by email.

Comments and dedications written in our Visitors’ Book included:
“May all sentient beings benefit!”
“Beautiful. Thank you to the Artist.”
“Very inspiring.”
“To all I’ve wronged.”
“Blessed by this amazing painting, thank you.”
“Amazing! Wow, wow, wow!”

SECOND exhibition! White Night Ballarat – Saturday 17 March 2018, 7pm-2am

Unfurling Cynthia Karena

After the extraordinary success of Tara the Liberator at Hamer Hall as part of White Night Melbourne, our FEMALE BUDDHAS will appear again in Ballarat…

Ballarat Mining Exchange
The Mining Exchange is located at:
12 Lydiard St North, Ballarat, 3350.  Check the program:  https://whitenightmelbourne.com.au/ballarat/program/tara-the-liberator/

After Ballarat, Tara the Liberator (aka the “21 Taras Thangka”) will be transported to the Great Stupa at Bendigo, in preparation for the Heart of Wisdom Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

lama zopa at great stupa

(We will let you know as soon as we do of any opportunities to see Tara before the retreat commences on March 30…)

If you’d like to attend a day or more of the retreat, explore the program at:

After White Night Ballarat, the next public event featuring Tara the Liberator is Illumin8, a May 19-20 festival at the Great Stupa!

Illumin8 pic

Check the program at https://www.bendigotourism.com/whats-on/next-7-days/event/8856-illumin8-vesak-festival-of-light-and-peace

See you in front of our own Female Jade Buddha and her 21 emanations soon!

Tara Celebration in Brighton East

Annual Tara Puja – Sunday 25 February, 10am

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Come along for a joyful celebration, in Tibetan and English, making offerings and requests to Tara the Liberator for long life, health, prosperity and happiness, and then enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch! Everyone of all ages welcome. for other news of Tara Institute’s program, visit www.tarainstitute.org or email Amelia spc@tarainstitute.org.au



Sad? Angry? Just Look At This.

Read the amazing story of the Actress and the Lamas… The BIG LOVE awareness- and fund-raising campaign is LIVE and spreading the word around the world – the 21 Taras Thangka will be revealed at Hamer Hall at White Night! Let’s create the cause to show as many people as possible on other occasions as well… Just looking at it, even just hearing about it, calms emotional turmoil and brings inner peace.

Share the fascinating story, engage your family, friends and contacts with our BIG LOVE icon the 21 Taras Thangka. Our fundraising target was the BARE MINIMUM till June – channel Lama Yeshe and THINK BIG!

Click here to go to the campaign and SHARE.

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Precious memories

Here are Lama Yeshe AND Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1973, painting the face of the Tara statue at Kopan Monastery outside Kathmandu. These pictures were taken by Peter Iseli, the painter of the 21 Taras Thangka!

Gratefully acknowledging images from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive and Snow Leopard.

LTY painting Tara 1976 2 by Peter IseliLama Zopa painting Tara

A BIG thanks for your support in 2017 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Only 44 days to go till White Night 2018!   Thanks to all the donors and volunteers who have cooperatively caused Lama Zopa’s ENORMOUS gift of joy and optimism, our own 21 Taras Thangka, to be revealed in Melbourne so soon; first exhibition and first time the artist himself, master thangka painter Peter Iseli, will see it in full.  Awe and gratitude for the devotion of Cynthia Karena and Mark Allaway in particular.

Thanks to all the volunteers

Dress rehearsal for White Night

Can the gigantic 21 Taras Thangka even get through the doors into Hamer Hall? We tested yesterday, with a crew of willing volunteers, led by Mark Allaway, Logistics Guru for the 21 Taras Thangka.  YES! is the joyous answer.


Escalator Hamer Hall

Merry Christmas wishes from Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Concert Hall, home of the 21 Taras Thangka for White Night February 17 2018.  Happy Hannukah, happy holidays from everyone at Tara Institute!



21 Taras Thangka At White Night Arts Festival

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We’re thrilled to announce that Tara Institute’s stunning 21 Taras thangka will be displayed at Melbourne’s White Night arts festival, throughout the night from 7pm to 7am on Saturday, 17 February 2018. More here, at the White Night website.

Artist Peter Iseli will be here for White Night. It will be his first chance to see the completed thangka in full — after working on it for four years close up!

Tara Institute members have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for months, preparing the Thangka for safe storage, transport and display, applying for White Night, enthusing the selectors, exploring White Night venues large enough to display our gigantic treasure in Melbourne’s summer festival of light and art.

Thanks especially go to Cynthia Karena and Mark Allaway for all your energy and determination.