Tara Institute is named after the female Buddha, Tara, who represents the enlightened and liberating activities of all the Buddhas. Tara was born from the tears of compassion of Avalokiteshvara, the Great Compassionate One, and puts Avalokiteshvara’s wishes into practice, caring for each and every sentient being as a mother would her precious child.
Tara Institute is one of approximately 150 centres and study groups affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist Centres.
Tara Institute has a large membership base that supports the Centre and its activities, as well as a floating population of about 400 who visit the centre on a weekly basis.
The main function of Tara Institute is to provide Buddhist teachings, to offer charitable service to the greater community and to support the members.
Tara Institute relies heavily on our volunteers to keep the Centre running; please see this article if you think you can help.