Who is guiding us?
Tara’s Triple Excellence
Tara’s Triple Excellence is a treasure text, or terma, that comes to us from the great Tibetan master Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870), who had received it directly from Arya Tara. Through a direct lineage of realized masters, this terma was transmitted to Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Now, Rinpoche and The Tara’s Triple Excellence Team have leveraged today’s communication technology to transmit these teachings to dedicated practitioners around the world in an accessible, contemporary format. Learn more about who is green tara and what is meant by Excellence.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is a world-renowned teacher and meditation master in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Tibet in 1951, he is the first-born son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. As a child, Chokyi Nyima—“Sun of the Dharma”—was recognized as the 7th incarnation of the Tibetan meditation master Gar Drubchen. In 2010, among his many activities, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche founded the Dharmachakra Practices. Today, he travels worldwide to teach practitioners in this profound terma and grant the respective empowerments. Learn more about why Rinpoche developed the Tara Triple Excellence program. To learn more about Rinpoche’s manifold activities, please visit Shedrub.org.
Lama Tenzin Sangpo
At Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, in Boudhanath, Nepal, Lama Tenzin Sangpo received ordination, the traditional education, and completed the traditional three-year retreat where he received detailed personal instructions on Tara’s Triple Excellence from Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche himself. Now, as an expert on Tara’s Triple Excellence terma, he travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas to share his knowledge with dedicated students. For his further activities, please visit: www.gomde.at or see www.facebook.com/LamaTenzinSangpo
The Tara’s Triple Excellence Team
In 2010, Lama Tenzin Sangpo showed a Chokgyur Lingpa terma of Tara’s Profound Essence to the translator Heidi Koeppl. Lama Tenzin Sangpo was very much taken by the pithy and practical instructions of this terma that had originated from Tara herself. Heidi was also thrilled by it and showed it to Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche himself marveled about this terma. In fact, so much so, that he decided that this would be an excellent basis upon which to build a gradual online program, and he granted the required empowerments.
Thereafter, under the broad supervision of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and close guidance of Lama Tenzin Sangpo, Heidi began to develop daily online contemplations based on this terma. In this initial stage S. Lhamo and Thomas Doctor were of crucial help in writing, editing, and collecting research. Soon thereafter, Michael Eisenbach joined their efforts, assuming the difficult task of developing the technical part of the program. Isobel Jones became the narrator of the daily contemplations. She gave Tara a beautiful, calming yet authoritative “Oxford English” voice, as Rinpoche liked to call it. At this time, the Dharmachakra Practices team (now called the Tara’s Triple Excellence Team) was established. In this early stage of the program Ani Tsondru and Kim also provided the team with priceless support.