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!

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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

melbourne at night

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.

Spreading the Word About The 21 Taras Thangka

Here we are spreading the word at a wonderful December 1 Amitofo charity event sponsored by Kim, Christine, Candice and Yen, at the Box Hill Town Hall, in the company of Sangha, TI students and Nyung Na practitioners.

Our 21 Taras Logo was the most exciting sponsor logo by far…

Boxhill event

Thanks Kim Looi and Christine Lam for your big hearts!
girls at Boxhill

The 1st Unfurling Of The 21 Taras Thangka

trucking 21 Taras

Expert Staging Preparations Nearing Completion

A crucial step in readying the Thangka for display was undertaken late November. Members cleaned the floor of the Caulfield Recreation Centre as never before, and the Thangka was unfurled to access the bottom of the vast canvas to add extra length for staging.

How Do You Get A Close-Up Look At A Painting That Is 4 Storeys High?

cleaning floorThat was the task facing Tara Insitute when it was time to inspect a painting so huge that it has never been seen whole — even by the artist who painted it.

The genius answer was to roll it out on an indoor basketball court.

But the thangka is a lot more than a simple painting; even one that is so huge. The 21 Taras Thangka is a sacred, devotional icon used for meditiation as well as for display and wonder. It really needed to be treated with respect and care.

A team of volunteers diligently cleaned the court until it was suitable to accept the unrolling but first it had to be transported from Tara Institute and that required a long, semi-trailer truck and another team of lifters.

Even Lying On Its Back The Thangka Is Enormous!

21 taras unfurledA basketball court is no small space, so it was very impressive to see the thangka covering most of the floor.

Traditionally, thangkas are surrounded with ornate brocades and this was the only way that craftsmen could measure it for its final trimmings. This really is an event unfolding.