Tara Is Dancing in New Zealand!

Donna Dancing Turtle

Donna Dancing Turtle, often known as Turtle, has been involved with the 21 Praises of Tara Mandala Dance since 1999, after being encouraged by one of her teachers to attend a weekend workshop held at Sharda Retreat Centre, in Auckland, New Zealand….

I have been deeply enriched and blessed by the empowering depth on all levels that this journey, the teachings of this practice offers to all beings! To be able to embody the Goddess in such a humble yet profound way is life changing to say the least….

In 1997, I met Anahata Iradah through the Dances of Universal Peace (DUP). During 1999, I was encouraged by my DUP Mentor, Shanti Huebner to attend a weekend workshop that empower women to deeply and profoundly connect with the Goddess, that was being lead by Prema Dsara and Anahata Iradah. I am so grateful that I did that workshop! It definitely changed my life!

I was supported and encouraged by my teacher and dear friend, Shanti to continue to deepen in the practice by attending a small yet dedicated group of women who, met in the Coromandel Monthly. Most of these women had gone on an earlier pilgrimage to India and Nepal with Prema and Anahata.

Over the next 3 years I continued to go to group meetings, (2 hours drive away) and also attended the regular Tara Dhatu Goddess Camps held in the beautiful Island of Maui, one year and on Kaui for 2 years.

During this time I also got to be part of sacred offerings, various groups did, for presegious Lama’s and Monks. Like, Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Mahamudra centre, while he was visiting here in New Zealand.

I was deeply blessed to be supported and able to go on one of the organised pilgrimages that Anahata and Prema were leading later in 2001.

This pilgrimage marked another turning point in my life! Spending nearly 7 weeks doing the Tara practice daily along with working with Tibetian Refugee’s, then joining with a group of 60+ women from around the world and offering the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara for world peace in different places in India and in Nepal, soon after September 11, 2001. Some of the places we visited and made offerings were; the Tibetian Childrens village in Dharmasala and also the Tibetian Arts Institue. We did an offering, for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, in India, after the offering many of us took Refuge with him and also recieved a White Tara Empowerment.

We also did offerings for The XII Tai Situpa Rimpoche; the founder and Spiritual Head of Sherab Ling Monastry. While in Nepal, we did an offering for Khenrinpoche Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel at the Kopan Monistry, dancing beside Tibetian Nuns whom we had also been working with, just to name a few. These were truely profound experiences I shall never forget.

After the pilgrimage, my life took a different direction, though I continued to do the practice often, I wasn’t so much in contact with a group and doing more of a solitary journey. I found that it continued to deepen in my own journey – though it is also wonderful to be part of a local group again and of course, to be part our larger international community…

In November of 2006, I was blessed once again by making the connection with Anahata and Prema, this time while visiting a dear friend in Oklahoma. Here I got to join the local Oklahoma Tara’s and particpate in the local workshop and offering – helping me to re-dedicate myself to this profound work! OM Tara!

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