Circle of the Rose

Marie Elena, 21 Praises of Tara

Tibetan Children's Village  Dharamsala, India

2001

21 Praises of Tara    Orinda, CA  2009

21 Praises of Tara Mandala Dance

Tibetan Children's Village    Dharamsala, India

2001


21 Praises of Tara  Mandala Dance

Crescent Formation

Orinda, California   2010

       Marie Elena is a Tara Dhatu, Level Three Teacher, of the Tibetan Buddhist,Twenty-one Praises of Tara Spiral Mandala Dance.  She is the founder of The Lotus Mandala, the Northern Michigan chapter of Tara Dhatu.  Marie Elena has danced the Tara Mandala since 1994. She was one of sixty international dancers chosen to participate in the Tara Dhatu 2001Tara Dance Peace Pilgrimage to Dharamsala, India, at the invitation of H. H. the Dalai Lama.
         Marie Elena’s twenty-two years of Dance experience include studies with California Bay Area teachers Bonney Meyer, Shukria, Mahea Uchiyama, Luisa Teish, Sharifa, and John and Marina Bear. Her international dance teachers include Prajwal R. Vajracharya, Prema Dasara, Anahata Iradah, Ardella Nathanael, Laura Shannon, and Elizabeth Artemis Mourat.
         Marie Elena’s introduction to Tibetan Buddhism began in 1992. She took refuge with Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, of Ewam Choden, Kensington, CA, in 1998. Her Tibetan Buddhist empowerments include Chakrasamvara from H. H. Sakya Trizin, and White Tara from H. H. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje. She received Naropa Vajra Yogini and the Twenty-One Praises of Tara from H. E. Jetsun Kusho Chime Luding. She received the Green Tara, Red Tara, Gold Tara, White Tara, and Blue/Black Tara empowerments from Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche. Since moving to Michigan, Marie Elena continues her Tibetan Buddhist studies at te  Omena Karma Kagyu  Study Group.

         









The 21 Praises of Tara

Mandala Dance


           This form of the Tara Mandala Dance came from an ancient text of

the 21 Praises of Tara. This specific text is part of a cycle of teachings called,

“A Mind Treasure of the Profound Depths of Tara, A Ritual Mandala Offering Adorned with the Essence of the Two Accumulations” from Orgyen Dechen Chokjur Lingpa.           

           At the request of her Tibetan lama, Sonam Tenzin, Prema Dasara  reshaped the text so that it could be sung in English. A musician, and singer of the Tara Mantra, Jeff Munoz, assisted her. In 1985 Prema choreographed the dance using her training in Odissi Temple Dance. She later discovered that Odissi Temple Dance had been a Tantric Buddhist dance 1400 years ago. Prema collaborated on the choreography with gifted dancer, Lauryn Galindo, whose dream-vision of a golden spiral inspired the spiral configuration of the dance.
      His Eminence, Tai Situ Rinpoche, made Prema Dasara Dance Master of this sacred lineage practice in 1995. The dance has received the blessings of numerous Tibetan Buddhist lamas including His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. 

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