The 21 Qualities of Tara dance meditation celebrates each of the 21 aspects of Green Tara, the Tibetan Goddess/Bodhisattva who is originally from India. Born of the tears of the Lord of Compassion, she vows to swiftly free all beings from their suffering.

The purpose of this practice is to manifest as Tara (wisdom and compassion) and to send this energy into the world.  Our intention is to remove war, hatred, poverty, illness as well as our own mental delusions, so that all beings may be happy and free.

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Tara manifests in a rainbow of colors that represent her 21 attributes ranging from swift protection, joy and laughter, ferocious compassion, serene peace and transformer of poisons through complete enlightenment.  Tara’s manifestations overlap with Indian Goddesses such as Saraswati, Laxmi and Kali, as well as the Chinese Bodhisattva, Quan Yin.  She also has attributes of the compassionate Blessed Virgin Mary of Catholicism.  The dance meditation, choreographed by Prema Dasara, is based on an ancient Sanskrit chant.  It is a simpler version of her dance of the 21 Praises of Tara which has been designated a lineage practice by the Dali Llama. The 21 Praises of Tara is the first dance that Tibetan nuns have been allowed to dance.

We dance once a month, come join us anytime.  For more information, contact Susan Rogers at