Embodying Tara through Meditation and Chanting With author Chandra Easton and chantress Nina Rao

May 11, 2024 10:00am

Embodying Tara through Meditation and Chanting With author Chandra Easton and chantress Nina Rao

Chandra Easton | Nina Rao



Saturday, May 11

10:00-1:00pm ET
Hybrid | Tiered Pricing


Come celebrate women in Buddhism by immersing yourself in Mother Tara on this Mothers’ Day weekend.

Tara, the female buddha of compassion, is called the “Savioress” because she is known for saving beings from the ocean of samsara (suffering). Her name also means “star” as she is as infinite as the stars in the sky. Ultimately, she represents the essential nature of your own mind, your buddha-nature, and in this way, she can manifest in each and every one of us in a myriad of different ways. The twenty-one aspects of Tara appear in the 11th century tantric text called the Twenty-One Praises to Tara, a devotional hymn popular in Tibetan Buddhism, from which Chandra’s book, Embodying Tara, draws its teachings and practices.

In this workshop, Chandra will speak about her book, guide a Tara embodiment meditation, and share stories of real life women who embody their qualities. Nina will chant some of the 21 Tara melodies from their project www.21tarascollective.org with musical accompaniment.

You will have the opportunity to get your Embodying Tara book at the bookstore and have it signed. You will also receive a free CD of Nina’s ‘Anubhav’ album.


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Embodying Tara through Meditation and Chanting With author Chandra Easton and chantress Nina Rao

Saturday, May 11, 2024 10:00 AM



NINA RAO learned traditional chants from her grandfather as young girl in a village in south India. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. In 1998 she met her guru, Sri Siddhi Ma in the foothills of the Himalayas and spent time with her regularly for 19 years. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das’ business manager and accompanies him musically as well. In 2007, she recorded the track ‘Nina Chalisa’ on Krishna Das’ CD “Flow of Grace”; January 2013 she released her debut double-album, “Antarayaami-Knower of All Hearts”; August 2018 her second album “Anubhav” was released entirely crowd-funded. Nina regularly leads kirtan, workshops, and retreats in New York and beyond, and leads workshops and courses online across many platforms She is also the founder and chairwoman of the non-profit SavingWildTigers.org which supports the conservation of wild tigers and all species in their natural habitat in India. In addition, she hosts a podcast series on the Be Here Now Network exploring spirituality, practice, and Nature. She is currently recording mantras to Tara in the Buddhist tradition, with 21 Taras Collective.  For more information visit NinaRaoChant.com.  
Chandra Easton is a Dharma teacher, author, and translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts. She has taught Buddhism and Hatha Yoga since 2001. She studied Buddhism and Tibetan language in Dharamsala, India, and at UCSB’s religious studies department. During her studies, she co-translated Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection (Vimala Publishing, 2012) with B. Alan Wallace. In 2015, she was given the title of Vajra Teacher, Dorje Lopön (Varjāchārya), for Tara Mandala Retreat Center by Lama Tsultrim Allione and H.E. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. Seeking to bring forth the voice of the empowered feminine in Buddhism, Chandra regularly leads retreats and classes for various organizations, develops programs and curricula for Tara Mandala, and teaches Dharma nationally and internationally. She co-founded the 21 Taras Collective with Nina Rao and Genevieve Walker, to record music for the twenty-one Taras mantras found in her new book, Embodying Tara: Twenty-One Manifestations to Awaken Your Innate Wisdom (Shambhala Publishing, 2023)

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