Impressions from the week long Tara’s Triple Excellence retreat at Asura Cave, Pharping, Nepal. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche kindly bestowed the outer, inner and secret Tara empowerments during the first three days. Lama Tenzin Sangpo and Heidi Koppl offered guided practice sessions and explanations about different aspects of the Tara Terma. This year a large group from China joined, although space was very tight, everyone was very joyous and happy!
The last day of the Tara’s Triple Excellence retreat at Pharping started with a smoke offering on top of Asura Cave, where the monastery recently erected 8 large pillars to hang prayer flags, built a spacious platform to perform rituals and placed a large oven to perform smoke offerings. Participants felt very blessed to have Saraswati, late Chatral Rinpoche’s daughter, join the ritual. Before lunch a feast offering was performed, followed by profound instructions by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche on a text by Ju Mipham Rinpoche. The week long retreat concluded with many auspicious prayers.