The Tara project was already underway when we arrived on the scene and has a great story surrounding it which I will recount as best I can from all the sources that have poured it into my ear thus far.
For starters, the Tara we are speaking of is a statue of an aspect of Buddha…
Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā) or Ārya Tārā, also known as Jetsun Dolma (Tibetan language:rje btsun sgrol ma) in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism who appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is known as the “mother of liberation”, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. In Japan she is known as Tarani Bosatsu, and little-known as Tuoluo in Chinese Buddhism.
Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphoric for Buddhist virtues.
So, members from a very Old branch of this particular Buddhist sect came to Ensenada, Baja California in 1993 and with the help of the Nepalese International Cultural Organization and offered the statue as a gift… So, you’re wondering why, why did they come all that way to put a 15+ foot tall statue of the Tara Goddess, filled with relics and scrolls to the people of Mexico and why in this particular place…?
According to their ancient texts, this place, that particular spot is to be of great importance in the time of darkness, seeing as how it is not a bustling center of spiritual power, they decided to give it, the entire place, a talisman of sorts in the form of the statue, a power beacon, a battery for when the world needs it. Many of the indigenous peoples agree that Ensenada is a very powerful place and I for one agree, as it is the first place outside of the Big Island of Hawaii to make me feel that ‘vibe’.
Through many ups and downs, many custodians, the place went from beautiful, to completely run down, to dangerous drug hang out and now it is in its renaissance, it has a much more dedicated group watching it, the local buddhist group wasnt able for some reason to take care of it which I found, well, find very strange indeed, but, thats not the point. It is now also turning very slowly into a delightful garden. Fruit trees and many native plants. It has been an uphill struggle as many people will come to steal plants!
Through perseverance and continued help from Susy Aranda, Illitch Ambrula and Gonzalo Rodriguez, local Boy-scout troop and kind friends and families, it is becoming nothing short of amazing!
Mahalo and Aloha Tara!