Engaging & Inspiring Programs

Tara Dhatu Educational Program

The Tara Dhatu Educational Program (TDEP) offers courses in meditation, dance, music and spiritual development dedicated to deepening one’s understanding of the practice of Tara.

Students can join TDEP to study for their own individual spiritual growth, or with the intention to become a teacher of the Tara Dances.

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Donation & Sponsorship Programs

There are several different avenues for making donations through Tara Dhatu.
Donations can be made through PayPal with a credit card or by mailing a check.
All Donations are USA Tax Deductible.
Please join us in making a difference in this world.

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Scholarship Program

If you are a young adult unable to afford a Tara Retreat, this is an opportunity to attend camp in a work trade capacity.

Below you will find general information and reviews from previous recipients of scholarships.

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Humanitarian Programs

As an expression of Tara’s compassion, Tara Dhatu has endeavored to raise money for a number of varied humanitarian projects. Lilliha Nancy Herington and Anahata Iradah are the current directors of the Humanitarian Outreach Program. They are delighted to work together with sincere supporters all over the world to bring the blessings of our concern and willingness to help.

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Tara Dhatu Educational Program

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Read below for all the details on the Tara Dhatu Educational Program!

The Tara Dhatu Educational Program (TDEP) has been developed to provide the support and guidance necessary to maintain the integrity of the Tara Practices as a vehicle of liberation.

Because the practice is based in traditional Tibetan Buddhist mind training techniques, certain philosophical ideas, lifestyles and commitments are a part of these programs.


When we encounter something that uplifts us and inspires us, we have a natural desire to go deeper into that experience.

We have developed these Educational Programs & Courses within Tara Dhatu to help satisfy those who have tasted the profound awakening and empowerment that is a product of the Tara Practice and want to become more deeply involved.

Membership in TDEP gives you exclusive access to:
  • Password protected Resource Page loaded with free audio, videos, texts & more
  • A Protocol of Meditation, Contemplation and Practice
  • A mentor who can personally guide you through email, phone and online meetings to help you make the practices relevant to your personal life experiences
  • Monthly Full Moon Meditations
  • Discounts on Tara Dhatu Retreats
  • Wholesale Discounts on Tara Dhatu merchandise
  • Dance Instruction PDF Archive
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Our Current TDEP Courses

Application Guidelines:

Explore Tara Circles Worldwide

One can also search & connect with local Tara Dance Circles without any formal commitment.

  • United States of America
  • South America
  • International

Donation & Sponsorship Programs

There are several different avenues for making donations through Tara Dhatu.
Donations can be made through PayPal with a credit card or by mailing a check.
All Donations are USA Tax Deductible.
Please join us in making a difference in this world.

General Donations

Your contributions support Tara Dhatu
in facilitating projects and events
that uplift and inspire humanity.

Thank You For Your Generosity!!

Sponsor a Student Teacher

Tara Dhatu has established this scholarship fund in order to support our global network of Student Teachers in sharing the Mandala Dance of Tara with their communities. So please consider giving something to make it possible for this profound practice to be available to whoever is ready.

Sponsor A Young Adult

Give the gift of inspiration by sending a young adult to Tara Camp. Imagine the ripple effect of even one young person whole life turns towards a dedication to manifesting their inner wisdom, radiating their loving compassion into the world, and gaining the skill and the power to bless and empower all.

Offering to Teachers – Dana

We ask that all members of the Tara Dhatu Educational Program offer some measure of financial support to their mentors and teachers. Your generosity to your teachers and mentors is what makes it possible for them to have the time and ability to work with you and the community in this way.

Humanitarian Programs Donations

As an expression of Tara’s compassion,
Tara Dhatu has endeavored to raise money
for a number of varied humanitarian projects.
You can find out more by scrolling below,
or you can donate here.

Make checks payable to:
Tara Dhatu Inc

PO Box 657
Kula, HI 96790

Scholarship Programs

If you are unable to afford a Tara Retreat, online classes or to pay for membership in Tara Dhatu or the TDEP program you may apply for scholarship assistance. Write to info@taradhatu.org to request
financial support and we will send you an application.

Humanitarian Programs

All Donations are USA Tax Deductible.

Tara Dhatu’s Humanitarian outreach started shortly after the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara was born. Prema had been traveling in Orissa, India and was introduced to a small group of Tibetan refugee nuns whose teacher was revered as a great siddha. She raised the money for their support through articles she wrote for Snow Lion Publication

(To read these wonderful stories, click here)

With the creation of Tara Dhatu and its nonprofit status, the organization took on the task of directing funds to these nuns in need. The vision and scope of this work expanded greatly following the 1998 Tara Dance Pilgrimage to India and Nepal. There the delegation made connections with schools, nunneries, and organizations housing families and senior citizens. Joni Haug agreed to manage these connections and assumed the role of Charity Director.

She managed this role for ten devoted years. Our members continue to support Tibetan children and Tibetan nuns at Dolma Ling and Kachoe Gyakil Ling Nunneries.Individual Tara Dhatu members maintain commitments with families and individuals in India and Nepal.

We have helped one impoverished mother in Brazil get trained as a nurse’s aide so she could support her three children. Click here to read the story about Aline.

We have sent support to an ecological school for impoverished children in Bahia, Brazil.

We have raised support for survivors of the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal.

A Thank You Gift for Frontline Covid Workers in Brazil


Things in Brazil are really desperate due to the Pandemic. Our focus on White Tara this month is especially poignant for our Brazilian sangha.  When Myri decided to offer the White Tara Dance every day for 21 days, Maya, one of our Brasilia dancers, was inspired to “do something” for the staff at some of the local hosipitals. She collected some limited $$ donations from friends, bought some treats and took them to the front line workers. They were enthusiastically received!!


Maya writes … Dear sangha, a friend and I

 together with TDSA are organizing ourselves to deliver sweets (chocolates, candies, fruit, etc.) to the front line workers in the public hospitals of Brasilia. It is a way for us to show affection and gratitude for the health professionals that are exposed every day in hospitals over crowded with COVID patients. 

We are so grateful for their compassion in this challenging moment that brings so much pain and suffering. And we celebrate with them every time a life is saved. You are invited to collaborate with us to help us with the purchases. We will make up the

 boxes and deliver them. 


You can make you donation through TDSA's Paypal account


Indicate -  Help for Hospital Staff


May Divine Mother Tara continue to inspire and guide us on this path of service for the benefit of all.
May all beings be happy and freeMay all beings receive what each one needsMay there be peace in the world.
Maya & TDSA

The current focus of our Humanitarian Outreach

Pabitra Lama & Bright Nepal

Pabitra Lama lives at Bouda, Kathmandu. For many years she took care of “at risk” children in her own home at the Bouda Stupa. In 2012 when the children were too many for her home, we were able to help her open a sanctuary called Bright Nepal. Bright Nepal currently provides shelter and education to 13 girls from the hill tribes surrounding the Kathmandu Valley (to read more…)

OR Visit the Bright Nepal Website ~ Click Here

Make a contribution:

You can make a single payment donation OR set up an ongoing monthly contribution to support Bright Nepal and become a godparent to help sponsor a child for their monthly expenses:

A $40/month Bright Nepal donation covers 1/2 of a child’s monthly expenses

An $80/month Bright Nepal donation covers a child’s monthly expenses in full.

Thank You For Your


Our efforts are small but we have made and continue to make a difference. This small story illustrates this perfectly.

An old man walked the beach at dawn.
He noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.
Finally catching up with the youth,  he asked the young man why he was doing this.
The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the old man.
“How can your effort make any difference?”
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to the safety of the waves.
“It makes a difference to this one,” he said.

Please join us in making a difference in this world.

Sarva Mangalam

May All Beings Be Happy

All Beings Be Free

Swayambhu Retreat House

The Retreat House Project on Manjushree Hill in Swayambu, Kathmandu, Nepal is for the purpose of restoring five houses for practitioners to retreat and live in a secluded, holy area.

The buildings were originally built in the 1930’s. Since that time, nuns, monks, and lay practitioners have been using the buildings despite the houses being in various states of dilapidation. Two of the houses have become completely unlivable and the other three, if not restored, will soon be dangerous to live in.

About seven years ago a local supporting group formed the Manjushree Pragya Gyan Vihar Sangh Organization to be the caretaker of the houses and the restoration project. Andrea Abinanti, our Tara Dhatu representative in Kathmandu, has been living in one of the houses for over 25 years. As part of the organization, she has appealed to Tara Dhatu to help her assemble the funds to support the rebuilding of the houses.

When renovated, there will be rooms that will be available for short term retreats, as well as for those who come to the monastery next to the houses, for teachings and to participate in monthly full moon ceremonies.

As a Tara Dhatu sponsored project, all donations are tax deductible. You may pay with a credit card by using the link below:

Click Here to Donate to the Manjushree Retreat House

Or, you may pay by check made out to Tara Dhatu.

Send the check to:

Tara Dhatu

PO Box 657
Kula, HI 96790, USA

Please send an email alerting us of your donation to

Be sure to indicate it is for the Manjushree Retreat Center. If you would like a letter for your tax files let us know.

Great merit is generated by supporting people to retreat and to engage in dharma activities. We are so blessed to be included in a project like this. Wishing all prosperity and success to Andrea and the Trust in manifesting the means and materials to accomplish the renovations.

Om Tare

Tara Dhatu Council of Trustees