This year our merry Tara band was joined by Hope Jinishian. A resident of New England, Hope was volunteering and studying the dharma early this year at KTD, His Holiness the Karmapa’s monastery in upstate New York.
Prema, in previous years, had offered the Tara Dance to the respected Khenpo Kharthar Rinpoche who is one of the main teachers in the tradition upheld there.
Hope had been invited by one of Tara Dhatu’s Student Teachers, Marie Giguere, to help teach a group of children Tara Tames the Eight Fears at a family day event of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche . She became intrigued with the idea of Tara dancing and with the blessing and encouragement of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche she attended the Bali and Java pilgrimage, the Kauai retreat and the Arizona retreat.
Back home on the East Coast, with all this experience, Hope has started sharing the Tara dances as she travels between friends, family and her Tibetan Buddhist sanghas. She was invited to lead some of the Tara dances during KTD’s annual holiday party. She writes….
All the lamas who were at the party happily danced with me. There were about forty people of all ages dancing. Khenpo Tenkyong, in the elf hat, leads the KTD Monastery. He is innovative, super smart and a tonglen master among having many other gifts. He has brought wonderful energy to KTD in the past year.
Hope is pictured here with Khenpo Karma Tenkyong. Thanks to Amber Roniger for capturing these joyful photo moments.)