The Tara Healing Garden
Kagyu Samye Ling, the first and largest Tibetan Buddhist centre in Europe, was foundedÂ in the late 1960's, with the goal to preserve the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibetan Buddhism, creating conditions in the west for the study and practice of traditional Buddha Dharma, providing the highest teachings of the Kagyu lineage, four year retreat facilities and training and accommodation for both ordained and lay practitioners.
Samye Ling's co-founder Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche came from East Tibet. Â Akong Rinpoche's projects providedÂ support through therapy, income producing schemes, educational and cultural projects in Asia, Africa and Europe.
The Akong Tulku lineage is traditionally associated with healing and medicine.Â The first Akong was recognized by the second Jamgon Kongtrul as an emanation of the Medicine Buddha. In this lifetimeÂ the second Akong TulkuÂ established Tara Tibetan Medicine and Therapy. This combines the traditional training and view of eastern and western traditions in both physical and psychological medicine. The Tara Therapy training has been followed by many trained western psychologists and its successful methods have spread throughout Europe, America Africa and Asia. A training in the theory and the practical basis of Tibetan Medicine has also been introduced to qualified physicians trained in conventional western medicine.
The Tara Garden
The Tara Healing Garden is dedicated to the 21 emanations of Tara and will preserve and propagate medicinal herbs native to Tibet that can be cultivated in the climate of the Scottish Borders. Each of the 21 emanations of Tara has the power and the qualities to overcome 21 different kinds of physical and mental disease. Therefore 21 different herbs connected with these different aspects will be planted in separate petal shaped beds around the central statue of Tara. This statue was consecrated at 7 o'clock in the morning on the seventh day of the seventh month of 2007.Â
The completed gardenÂ is 40 yards in diameter and designed as a twenty one petalled lotus each petal consisting of a raised bed built in stone with broad paths radiating from the central statue in each of the four directions. Each lotus petal will be planted with medicinal herbs whose colour corresponds to the mandala of Green Tara and the remaining meadow planted with trees, shrubs and an orchard of native fruit trees.
Through the essential power of these plants combined with the power of prayers to Tara medicines will be prepared that will be specific for healing these 21 different conditions.