Buddhist Prayers to Tara

Every Wednesday morning, over 200 nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute near Dharamsala, India rise before dawn and start a special ceremony to help end the suffering all sentient beings and to aid the nuns on their own spiritual path.

Starting at 5:30 a.m. and continuing for an hour and a half, the nuns chant special Buddhist prayers to Tara, the female Buddha who embodies the wisdom and the compassion of all enlightened beings.

Here’s the link to the puja recording:

Called the drolchok puja [or Tara prayer] it is done on a Wednesday because this is considered an auspicious day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In the spring of 2013, Olivier Adam, a photographer and friend of the Tibetan Nuns Project, was visiting Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute in India and took a 15-minute audio recording of the puja. The Tibetan Nuns Project posted it on their Facebook page and it became very popular.

The Tara puja is a very beautiful prayer that includes many verses of offering and the famous Praises to the 21 Taras, which are recited many times throughout the puja. The elaborate offering involves creating ritual cakes (torma) and the use of musical instruments.

It is said that reciting the Praises to the 21 Taras with devotion at any time of the day or night protects you from fear and dangers, and fulfils all your wishes, especially wishes on the spiritual path. Meditation on Tara brings life on your spiritual path and feeds you with endless energy to continue on the path.

Here’s a link to an English translation of the Praises to the 21 Taras which is one part of the whole Tara puja: http://www.nic.fi/~laan/praise.htm

Buddhist deity Green Tara painting

Painting of Green Tara from Dolma Ling Nunnery. Photo courtesy of Brian Harris.

2 thoughts on “Buddhist Prayers to Tara

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  2. Karma

    Greetings from karma rangung namgyal . beautiful site. I received 21 TarA initiations from jetsuma kusho many thanks to you

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