The Tara Healing Garden

Kagyu Samye Ling, the first and largest Tibetan Buddhist centre in Europe, was founded 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.  Akong Rinpoche's projects provided support through therapy, income producing schemes, educational and cultural projects in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Therapy

The Akong Tulku lineage is traditionally associated with healing and medicine. The first Akong was recognized by the second Jamgon Kongtrul as an emanation of the Medicine Buddha. In this lifetime the second Akong Tulku 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.

TaraStatue&Garden

The Tara Garden

The monastery built by the first Akong Tulku was strongly connected with Tara. Tara's influence has been recognized historically in European culture and particularly in the Irish Gaelic tradition. Drolma (Tibetan for 'liberating mother') is one of the principal Tibetan names for Tara. Akong Rinpoche's monastery near Chamdo is called Drolma Lhakang, (The Holy place of Tara) because 21 different emanations of Tara appeared spontaneously in the rocks around the monastery. Drolma Lhakang is dedicated to the constant practice of prayers invoking Tara Drolma's healing energy and her protection for all beings and the planet as a whole. In Tibet Tara is seen to be a female manifestation of the Buddha's Enlightened Mind and Energy and to have the complementary female power of the Bodhisattva of Limitless Love and Compassion, All Seeing Chenrezig.

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. 

The completed garden 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.

The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche