21 Weeks with 21 Taras Special Event: Each Saturday one of the 21 Taras according to the Surya Gupta tradition: starts June 5, 2021 with Zasep Rinpoche

21 Taras for 21 fears, dangers, and obstacles!

Tara, as the Karma Mother, is near to us at all times. She was there, according to tradition, under the Bodhi Tree, defending Shakyamuni Buddha. Her activity is very tangible — in our lives, our world. She is the Buddha closest to us.

For this reason, Tara, and her 21 aspects, are daily praise and practice for millions of Buddhists around the world. The very special lineage teaching of Surya Gupta — the great Mahasiddha so beloved of Tara — is a rare practice. Normally, the teachings are delivered one at a time on consecutive days or weeks. For this reason, 21 Tara teaching events according to Surya Gupta lineage, are rare.


Buddha Weekly Green Tara video Buddha Weekly Buddhism

Don’t let the kind face of Mother Tara fool you — even the most wrathful of deities bow to her Wisdom activity. The question is not whether She can help — there’s no question of that — but whether it’s appropriate to ask an Enlightened Buddha for mundane help. (Hint, She’s a forgiving mother, of course it’s okay to ask!)


For a 3-part illustrated feature on the 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta see:

June 12, 2021 — starts 21 Weeks of Beloved Taras

Starting June 12 at 3:30pm (Pacific Time) or 6:30 pm (Eastern Time), Venerable Zasep Rinpoche will individually teach the practices of the 21 Taras — one each Saturday (starting June 12, 2021) 3:30pm (Pacific Time) for 22 weeks: Green Tara, then the 21 Taras. The same Zoom link will remain active each Saturday for the 22 Saturdays (by donation.)

NOTE: Due to a short hiatus in the summer, this series is pushed back somewhat, restarting at Tara 9 on Sept 11 at the normal time 3:30pm Pacific Time, or 6:30pm Eastern Time. You should have Green Tara empowerment to participate (from any qualified teacher.)

Please join Zasep Tulku Rinpoche for a rare and precious Principal Green Tara Empowerment — The Prerequisite for the Practice of 21 Taras — followed by weekly teachings on each of the 21 Taras.

Ongoing weekly teaching details

Gaden for the West is pleased to announce that Zasep Tulku Rinpoche will be providing teachings on 21 Taras practice beginning on Saturday, June 12th at 3:30pm (Pacific Time). Rinpoche will be teaching on each of the 21 Taras every week thereafter, (so twenty-one weeks of teachings total). Every Saturday, the time for teachings on Zoom will be the same (3:30pm Pacific Time) and the Zoom link will be the same. [For those who missed the first event, contact Gaden for the West for information>>]

The prerequisite to attend the 21 Taras teachings is to have received the Green Tara Empowerment. If you have not yet received the Green Tara Empowerment, Rinpoche will be offering the Green Tara Empowerment on Saturday, June 5th at 3:30pm (Pacific Time) also on Zoom.
(The Zoom link for the 21 Taras teachings will be provided to all registrants of the Green Tara Empowerment after the empowerment.)

Rinpoche’s weekly Sunday teachings on YouTube Live will be on hiatus during this time. 

  • Consecutive Saturdays staring June 12, 2021 — with a short August hiatus in the summer until Sept 11 (next teaching Sept 11)
  • Time: 3:30pm (Pacific Time) or 6:30pm (Eastern Time)
  • Online via Zoom (link provided upon registration). The Zoom Link will be active each Saturday for the 22 consecutive Saturdays (empowerment on June 5, then each teaching on subsequent Saturdays.
  • By Donation.
  • Contact Gaden for the West>>
  • Gaden for the West>>

  • Green Tara Resources (including the sadhana and images) are available on the 
    Tara Practice Archive
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The 21 Taras according to the Surya Gupta visualizations. In the Surya Gupta tradition each Tara has unique symbolic attributes, not only colour, but number of arms, tools, hand mudras and expressions.


Zasep Rinpoche, who wrote the massively popular book Tara in the Palm of Your Hand — which covers the 21 Taras practice — will instruct on one Tara each Sunday. In each teaching, he will introduce each aspect, visualization, practice, and mantra:

  • Her name and appearance and aspects
  • Her rite.
  • Her activities: each Tara has specialized activities, such as healing, prosperity, or removing obstacles.
  • Her visualization: a guided meditation on her appearance and how to invoke her presence.
  • Her praise
  • Her specific mantra: each Tara in the 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta has her own mantra. The mantras require permission verbally — which Rinpoche will provide through mantra “lung” or transmission during the live event on Zoom.


Buddha Weekly Tara in the Palm of Your Hand Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Buddhism

Venerable Zasep Rinpoche teaching at a Tara weekend using the commentary book, Tara in the Palm of Your Hand, as a reference.

Green Tara Guided Practice with Zasep Rinpoche

This is an earlier teaching session at Gaden Choling on Green Tara with Venerable Zasep Rinpoche:



Surya Gupta Lineage Tradition

In the Surya Gupta tradition, each of the 21 Taras appears quite different. Each aspect — while one with the essence of Tara — represents a different activity.  For images of the 21 Taras, see the three-part series in Buddha Weekly, starting with “Mother Tara’s Many-Armed Embrace”>>


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Tara appears to the great Mahasiddha Surya Gupta in the wilderness. Surya Gupta and Atisha were both famous sages who passed on lineage teachings of the 21 activity forms of Tara, but most of the sages relied on Tara in their daily lives. Beautiful art from Ben Christian.


Starts June 5 — Green Tara Initiation

Please join Zasep Tulku Rinpoche for a rare and precious Principal Green Tara Empowerment — The Prerequisite for the Practice of 21 Taras — followed by weekly teachings on each of the 21 Taras.
  • Date:  Saturday, June 5th (in North America)
  • Time: 3:30pm (Pacific Time) or 6:30pm (Eastern Time)
  • Online via Zoom (link provided upon registration). The Zoom Link will be active each Saturday for the 22 consecutive Saturdays (empowerment on June 5, then each teaching on subsequent Saturdays.
  • By Donation, details will be sent via Eventbrite confirmation.
  • Please use Eventbrite to book (this is for booking the event, not for donations)

  • On subsequent Saturdays, for 21 weeks, Rinpoche will provide Lung for each Tara mantra (21 separate mantras), and give teachings for each individual Tara, including Her praise, mantra and visualization.

About Zasep Rinpoche

Zasep Rinpoche’s teachers and gurus are of illustrious lineage. From the Buddha Weekly Review:

“Some of the most illustrious masters of the last century, who, besides the Dalai Lama and his Root Guru Trijang Rinpoche, included: Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, and Guru Deva Rinpoche.”

Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is the spiritual guide and founder for many meditation centers in Canada, the United States, Australia, and also teaches in Mongolia and Mexico. He is fluent in more than one language and a popular teacher. He first began teaching in English in Australia, where he translated for Tibetan teachers at the invitation of Lama Yeshe.

He is the spiritual director of Gaden for the WestGaden Choling Toronto, Tashi Choling and Zuru Ling, among others.


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Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is a popular teacher who brings Dharma to students all over the world, with Dharma centers in Canada, US, Australia. He also tours to Mongolia and many other countries. His teachings are also now a weekly event on YouTube and Zoom.


Rinpoche explained in his Autobiography, A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada, what formed his life as a teacher:

“To become who I am today, I began with many advantages. I was born into a loving, well-to-do family in an incredibly beautiful homeland rich in tradition, and I was given a rigorous spiritual education from highly realized Buddhist masters. Later on in my youth, I had a lot of suffering. I had to flee my homeland, I had to endure great hardship and loss as a refugee, and I had to adapt to a strange new world with values and customs so very different from the ones I had learned as a child. My experiences as a refugee faced with building a new life made me who I am today.”

Long Life prayer for Zasep Rinpoche by His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche:

“Immortal Rain” Long-Life Prayer for Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Wisdom of all the Buddhas, eternal adamantine nature,
clad in the three maroon robes and displaying the marks of perfection,
Lobsang Gyalwa Tsedzin (Tsongkapa), benefactor of life,
Please grant the joyous occasion for the attainment of immortality, Here and now!
Lobsang Tenzin Gyalsten (Zasep Rinpoche), Treasure of knowledge ofJamgon’s (Tsongkapa’s) noble heritage and wish-fulfilling power; Concerned solely with upholding the Dharma in both theory and practice, You please all the infinite Buddhas immensely,
Oh, learned propagator and holy teacher, please stay firmly with us!
The pure white light of your peerless wisdom
Reveals the bountiful jasmine garden of Dharma’s precepts and training. May your smile, like full moon in a night in ‘the autumn,
Shine undiminished until the end of existence.
Bodhisattva Lobsang Tenzin Gyalsten,
Please remain firmly with us!
Though the pernicious mind, like an elephant, is difficult to tame, You have controlled it with the sharp hook of mental alertness. Never crossing beyond the rules of Vinaya,
May you. Reverend Elder, truly live long!
Explaining in detail through exacting discernment,
The lapis-lazuli lineage of the Sutras and Tantras,
In well-spoken rhymes of complete perfection,
May your melodious tones always proclaim the Scriptures and grace the ears of we fortunate ones!
Thus the teachings of Father Jampal Nyingpo (Tsongkhapa), are like a wick in a lamp of refined molten gold,
May you through your life of purity and goodness,
Be one who raises its flame higher and higher,
and ever remain steadfastly with us!
By the compassion of the Triple Gem and the ocean of Conquerors; By the power of the Dharma Protectors long-trusted and honoured; By the true strength of unequivocal causal interdependence;
May the purpose of this prayer be accomplished,
Spontaneously and without hindrance!

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  1. Avatar margot on June 5, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    may I please join the 21 Tara course

  2. Avatar toni Kenyon on June 24, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    May I take the teachings, missed the 1st

  3. Avatar toni Kenyon on June 24, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I still like to take the teachings, although I missed the first 3 weeks
    I sponsored the mircrofiche for putting in prayer wheels.

    • Lee Kane Lee Kane on June 25, 2021 at 9:56 am

      Thank you for commenting. You are fully qualified to practice the 21 Taras if you have previous Green Tara empowerment from any qualified teacher, even if you missed the first week’s empowerment, so not to worry. You can catch up on the recorded version of the ones you missed on Youtube once we post them. Even if you don’t have Green Tara initiation, you can certainly participate — the key difference is you visualized Tara in front of you (not yourself as Tara), and visualize Tara’s blessing flowing into you and out to all sentient beings as light.
      For the mantra LUNG (Mantra transmission) which Rinpoche has been giving each week, you must see /hear live for the LUNG to be valid — however, anyone may chant any of the 21 Tara Mantras without Lung so I wouldn’t worry. They are just more effective if you receive transmission (in theory.) Going forward you’ll receive lung at any of the coming events. Going back, I wouldn’t worry.
      The other thing to bear in mind, for the practice (the sadhanas of each individual Tara — unlike Atisha’s system, each Tara has her own Sadhana with the older Surya Gupta) you can visualize the Tara IN FRONT of yourself if you have no empowerment. Most of us can’t visualize ourselves as those individual Taras without empowerment. Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha.

      Rinpoche’s guidance was to visualize yourself as Green Tara with the individual Tara in front of you.

      • Avatar Jan Kastono on August 31, 2021 at 3:21 am

        How to join this Tara practise? Now the end of august. I miss a lot of weeks practise. Thank you so much.

        • Lee Kane Lee Kane on August 31, 2021 at 10:59 am

          The live teaching and visualation series is at Tara 9 (not this weekend but the following Saturday). If you have Green Tara empowerment you can attend the sessions. The reason for the empowerment is after the teaching we meditate on the individual Tara. Also, Zasep Rinpoche will transmit lung for the mantra for each of the Taras. If you do have Green Tara empowerment (from any qualified teacher) you can likely join the Zoom sessions. To do that, I’d use the Gaden for the West contact form, explaining what you’d like to do. You’ll find it here: https://gadenforthewest.org/contact/

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