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Meeting Tara: Mother of all Buddhas, Heart of Awakening

Day of Practice: On-Demand

Learn how ancient symbolism can powerfully inspire your practice

What beautiful, liberating qualities of heart and mind can be cultivated in every moment?

In this Day of Practice, we introduce and explore the qualities of the popular Himalayan deity, Tara. Tara can be seen as both a symbolic representation of the Original Ground of Awakened Awareness, and as the affectionately named Mother of All Buddhas.

Sangha Live’s founding teacher, Martin Aylward, helps us to explore the symbolism of Tara, and invites us to recognise, invoke and cultivate the qualities she represents: clarity and wisdom, playfulness and spontaneity, confidence and skilfulness, tenderness and compassion. Martin also decodes what can sometimes seem like an overly complex or esoteric relationship to deity symbolism.

This session includes sitting meditation practice and chanting of the Tara Mantra.

Meeting Tara Mother of all Buddhas Heart of Awakening

Join this session to learn to:

  • Dissolve and integrate ideas about inner and outer, the psychologic/symbolic and the real/ontological
  • Consider a love that is neither given nor received, yet which can permeate experience and consciousness
  • Appreciate how symbolism and imagery can go beyond orthodox or traditional interpretations, and can deepen our practice and its qualities

What is Day of Practice?

Sangha Live’s 3-hour Day of Practice allows for you to drop in deeper, develop your meditation skills, and reset your intentions through sustained sitting.

Now offered ON-DEMAND, you can join this session independently, on your own schedule, and at your ideal pace. Watch and re-watch the videos as you please.

Days of Practice include longer periods of meditation interspersed with wise teachings, a recorded Q&A from the live class, and more.

What’s Included

With the independent student in mind, previously recorded live sessions are broken down into meaningful modules. Each Day of Practice has been trimmed and consolidated into 4 to 6 videos, and every video – whether a lesson, meditation, exercise, or Q&A – includes a description, so you have total flexibility when planning your self-paced day of practice.


Day of Practice is offered on a sliding scale basis, with a suggested rate of $35. We wholeheartedly welcome all to practice with us; no one turned away for lack of funds.


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About Martin Aylward

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Martin Aylward is the founding teacher of Sangha Live. After spending his early adult years in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan hermits, Martin settled in Southern France with his wife Gail and their 2 children, co-founding the Moulin de Chaves retreat centre where he lives and teaches.

Martin teaches meditation, guides students and leads retreats internationally, emphasising the integration of the deepest wisdom teachings into the midst of the lives we live. He is also a director of the Mindfulness Training Institute. Martin’s book Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness (2021) is now available via Wisdom Publications. Click here to learn more about Martin Aylward.

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