Dance Into the Heart of Tara’s Mandala

By March 2, 2015Local

Austin Tara Circle invites everyone to experience the mind’s radiance as the Goddess Tara. Participants can dance a path to awakening, reconnect with one’s highest potential and join a healing power journey into the realm of the Divine Feminine.

Attendees will have the precious opportunity to receive instruction from a teacher of rare talent and sublime insight. Prema Dasara, a holder of a unique Tara lineage and creator of a ritual dance of empowerment and sacred celebration, will teach an intensive and inspiring weekend on the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara.  Her work is praised by many high lamas of Tibetan Buddhism and enjoyed by dancers from all spiritual traditions.

Presented by Austin Tara Circle, a group of Prema Dasara’s students who meet on the first Sunday of every month to study, reflect on and dance to embody Tara’s qualities, the weekend will begin with Dance in the Spirit of the Enlightened Feminine, 7 to 9 p.m., March 20, at Palri Pema Od Ling, in Austin.

Prema Dasara will then teach The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 21 and 2 to 6 p.m., March 22, also at Palri Pema Od Ling. Lama Lobtsul Rinpoche, resident Lama at Palri Pema Od Ling, will offer a Green Tara empowerment as part of the weekend celebrations. Trained in all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism at a traditional monastery in Tibet, he was a leader of the annual Tara ceremony for many thousands of practitioners.

The event is open to everyone and no dance experience required.

Austin Tara Circle also presents a panel discussion bringing together three internationally acclaimed teachers. “3 Women, 3 Spiritual Paths – An Evening of Inspiring Dialogue,” will be at 7 p.m., March 23. The talk includes Prema Dasara, along with HeatherAsh Amara, spiritual leader from the Toltec tradition and Suzanne McAnna, priestess and teacher from Reclaiming Earth-based Wiccan Spirituality.

Together for the first time, these powerful, creative and inspiring women will share how their spiritual journeys were shaped. They will offer the essence of their past and current work –teachings, writings, dance, music, Tarot innovations, and books. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of traditions and to connect with three exceptional teachers who will be together in Austin for one evening only.

Costs: March 20 Dance in the Spirit of the Enlightened Feminine, $20; March 21 and 22 Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara, $128; March 22 Green Tara Empowerment bestowed by Lama Lobtsul, $30; weekend package for all events March 20 through 22, $138. Location: Palri Pema Od Ling, 605 E. 45th St., Austin; Bookwoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A-105, Austin. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, or