Help Us Purchase Yellow Tara an Abode in the Blue Mountains

A Residential Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains

Many of you will know that we have big plans at Kunsang Yeshe, one being to build a beautiful residential retreat centre here in the Blue Mountains, a haven of inspiration and tranquillity where people can come and practise for an extended period as well as for short and medium length retreats.

It’s no small thing to buy land, and build and/or renovate facilities for this purpose. That’s why to help us achieve our grand vision, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised us to acquire a three metre Yellow Tara statue, to be created from scratch by French Sculptor, Bertrand Cayla, who was asked to sculpt the magnificent three metre Green Tara statue that now graces the property of the Osel Ling Centre in Spain.

Why Yellow Tara?

Green Tara and White Tara may be more commonly known in the Buddhist pantheon of female deities but this in no way diminishes Yellow Tara’s power and significance. As one of Tara’s 21 manifestations, Yellow Tara symbolises the skilful energy and qualities of abundance, prosperity and success – both in a worldly and spiritual sense.

She is also related to the Hindu great goddess Lakshmi, and her Sanskrit name Vasundhara indicates she is the source of the eight “bountiful Vasus”; thus she represents, according to the epic Mahabharat, the bountiful waters of the river Ganges – the goddess, Ganga whose origin is the snowy Himalayas.

We are delighted that Bertrand has accepted our commission to create a Yellow Tara for us in resin, which he will do by modifying the mould he built for her Green sister.

3metre high Yellow Tara Statue created by Bertrand Cayla in France and painted in Australia by Gyatso in Sydney and Katoomba.

How Can You Help – Phase 2

It’s estimated Yellow Tara cost to date is approx. $40,000AUD. We are so grateful to the many supporters around the world who contributed in the creation of this magnificent statue. We have fulfilled part of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wishes.

Yellow Tara may be a means to attract good fortune and wealth but far more important than that, she can inspire in us a paradigm shift of attitude. The true source of all wealth is to eliminate the poverty of heart and mind. The magic of Yellow Tara is that she can show us our potential for transforming habitual self-cherishing into infinite compassion and a sense of connection to all sentient beings.

Now we need your support again, as we were extremely fortunate to find a suitable rental property for the short term, and are really grateful that we have this space. However, Tara needs a permanent home, one where we can build a throne and together we can manifest the goal of creating a retreat centre in the Blue Mountains,

We hugely appreciate whatever you can offer: $5, $100, $500, $1000 or more. It all adds up and quickly too, if everyone contributes, and you create skies of merit by helping the Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE YELLOW TARA PROJECT by clicking the blue DONATE NOW button in the top right of your screen.

The very happy statue artist Gyatso, who finally saw Tara fully erected, after 2 years. We are so grateful to Gyatso and Michelle for hosting Tara during the 2 years when we didn’t have a physical centre.