Image courtesy of Khyentse Foundation
• Updated to include full live-streaming schedule.
Khyentse Foundation and Siddhartha’s Intent, Buddhist organizations founded by the renowned Bhutanese lama, filmmaker, and author Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, have announced an all-day, global, live-streamed Zabtik Drolma or Green Tara puja and celebration on 18 June, which will be dedicated to the long life of Dharma teachers and of the Dharma itself.
“The Siddhartha's Intent community will host individual pujas on different continents throughout the day,” Khyentse Foundation shared. “Puja start times and Zoom links will be announced closer to the event. Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration at any point during the day.”
Zabtik Drolma (The Profound Essence of Tara) is the practice of a profound mind treasure revealed by the prolific terton Orgyen Chokgyur Lingpa (1829–70), a contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul. It encompasses the outer, inner, and innermost levels of practice and is perhaps best known for its ritual of the four mandalas.
“As I said, this is really, really, personally my favorite puja,” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche explained during the Green Tara puja conducted in 2020. “I think there are several reasons for that: Tara is sort of a mother-like figure and being female she is known to be always quick to respond. Of course, this is all dualistic thinking. But since we are dualistic, as you know, what choice do we have? Also, Tara is one of the four main deities practiced by those great people at Nalanda University such as Nagarjuna—even by the big, grand, great Nagarjuna. I personally can say that the Tara puja has helped me in so many ways.”
Founded in 1986, Siddhartha’s Intent is an international collective of Buddhist groups supporting Rinpoche’s Buddhadharma activities by organizing teachings and retreats, distributing and archiving recorded teachings, transcribing, editing, and translating manuscripts and practice texts, with a global community committed to continual study and practice. Khyentse Foundation was established by Rinpoche in 2001 with the aim of promoting the Buddha’s teaching and supporting all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. The foundation’s activities include major text preservation and translation projects, support for monastic colleges in Asia, a worldwide scholarship and awards program, the development of Buddhist studies at major universities, training and development for Buddhist teachers, and developing new modes of Dharma-inspired education for children.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. Image courtesy of Khyentse Foundation
“We are pleased to offer the debut of a new melody for “Praises to the 21 Taras,” together with a new adaptation of the English sadhana, both composed and arranged under the guidance and direction of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. We hope to have the privilege of Rinpoche’s company during one or more of the pujas,” Khyentse Foundation said. “Additionally, we are happy to announce that preparations are underway to offer regular online Tara Puja practices in the future.”
Born in Bhutan in 1961, and now based in Himachal Pradesh, India, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is the son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and was a close student of the Nyingma master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–91). He is recognized as the third incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, founder of the Khyentse lineage, and the immediate incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959). His projects and initiatives include Siddhartha’s Intent, an international collective of Buddhist groups supporting Rinpoche’s Buddhadharma activities by organizing teachings and retreats, distributing and archiving recorded teachings, and transcribing, editing, and translating manuscripts and practice texts; Lotus Outreach, which directs a wide range of projects to help refugees; and more recently The Lhomon Society, which promotes sustainable development in Bhutan through education.