This publication replaces the former publication of the same name
It is updated in every way.
Includes bi-lingual (English/Portuguese) 120 page book and 4 exceptional DVD's.
A 2 camera shoot allowed me to edit the material in such a way to high light the fingering, strumming, picking patterns as well as long shots showing the musical transmission.
Divided very clearly into 5 sections that show the broadest possible view of the brilliance of open tuning. This work is based in C/Doh Open Tuning but it can equally be used as a reference for G/Soh Open Tuning.
1. Melodic minor
2. Melodic Major
3. Harmonic minor
4. Harmonic Major
outside the Major/minor system in melodic and harmonic styles.
In addition to the 5 sections are smaller videos that include "How To Plan A Dance Meeting" & "How To Tune Your Guitar"
Not only is this a guitar method in Opening Tuning for the Dances of Universal Peace it is also in part an ear training method for the Dances.
For each dance we are trained to ask 3 fundamental questions:
1. Is this dance in Major/minor or outside the Major/minor system?
2. What is the intrinsic rhythmic structure of this music?
3. What is the opening note of the music in relation to Doh or Sa?
When these 3 questions can be answered authoritatively then skillful accompaniment of the Dances of Universal Peace follow as a result.
Learn how to accompany the Dances of Universal Peace with this kind of authority, so that the full power of the music can flow through your hands.
This work has been long awaited by myself as well as many others!
It has finally arrived.
I received your lovely book, what a nice cover! I've been watching and playing with the DVD, and how nice to see you again! The material is so clearly presented, and even though some of it is review for me, it's been so long that it's very helpful. There's something new on each song and I love the flourish on Abwoon d'Bashmaya. That is very lovely! I'm having so much fun, my poor fingertips have begged me to slow down and let them recover... Thanks so much for pulling this wonderful project together, what a gift to us learning guitarists and to the dances!!
Hugs and happy travels, Aarti (Washington State, USA)
Book and 4 DVD's
Tara's Chest of Treasures Vol. 1
" Thank you Prema and Anahata!
BEAUTIFUL!! Just what I needed and more than I hoped for!! The DVD arrived and its AWESOME!!
Nita-Rose Cincinnati, Ohio "
Our Journey Through Life
Produced, Directed, Composed and Edited by Anahata Iradah
Featuring the Work of Prema Dasara
This magnificent documentary manifests three different
points of interest:
· Interviews with Prema Dasara about
the 21 Taras and the Central Tara out of which they all arise.
In these interviews Prema makes comparisons between each Tara and
their correlation to the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
· Extraordinary dance segments set to an original score by
Anahata depict women dancing the Praises of Tara from all over the
Selected from 90 different source media the elegance and devotion
of the women is palpable.
· Interview segments of revered Lamas such as H.H. the Dalai
Lama, H. E. Tai Situ Rinpoche & the V. Lama Lhundrup
include their insights into the meaning and value of the Tara Dance
and other points of spiritual practice.
This DVD is a MUST for anyone who wishes to know more about Tara,
sacred dance or spiritual practice.
Prema has lived and breathed Tara for many years and her wisdom
radiates from the DVD.
Anahata’s music and editing add elements of magic.
This surely must be Tara Dhatu - Tara’s pure land!
Living From the Mystical Heart
Vivendo o Coração Mistico
Teachings And Practices From The Sufi Path
Ensinamentos e Práticas Do Caminho Sufi
With Atum O'Kane
These profound Sufi teachings were videotaped in July 2010 in Terra Viva retreat center, Brasília, Brasil
July 2011 in Integria retreat center, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brasil.
There are over twenty hours of teachings on this 8 DVD set.
All teachings are translated fully into Portuguese by Gisele Leite L'Abbate
8 DVD Set Produced and Edited by Anahata
Musician's Guide to the Mandala Dance of Tara
With Anahata Iradah
Honoring the work of Prema Dasara
In this DVD the viewer will be guided through every section of the Mandala Dance of Tara on Guitar, Swar Sangham, Harmonium and Drums. The DVD even begins before the start of the dance with instruction on how to set the atmosphere with the "Slow Mantra of Tara".
Great care was taken to show many close-up views of the frets of the guitar and strumming patterns. There is a detailed explanation about why I choose to play in Open Tuning instead of Standard Tuning and also there is a discussion about how to layer the music and which instruments to choose and in which order. Really this was a labor of love to help musicians from around the world to play music for Tara in a beautiful way.
Produced, Edited, Directed and Performed by Anahata
The Story of Our Pilgrimmage
Produced & Directed by Anahata Iradah
Featuring the Work of Prema Dasara
This epic, two hour double DVD shows the pilgrimage of 1998 in all it’s glory.
Scene after scene of sweetness, transformation and courage. You had to be there . . . but the DVD is the next best thing!
"The Quiet Revolution"
DVD version of the documentary "The Quiet Revolution" combined with
"Others Before Self". Before these documentaries were only available
on VHS, now complete with beautiful menus you may enjoy these depictions
of the work of Tara Dhatu in India and Nepal.
A Promise Fulfilled:
"Teach the Tibetan women sacred dance," His Eminence
Jamgon Kongrul Rinpoche asked his student, Prema Dasara. "Bring
a group of western women to India to dance for the Tibetans. Inspire
them so that they will want to learn".
Prema had been teaching the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises fo Tara
to women all over the world.
In 1998, fifty dancers, musicians, and videographers from eleven
countries of origin traveled to India and Nepal in fulfillment of
that request. Led by Prema Dasara and Anahata Iradah they danced
for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the entire Tibetan Community
in Dharamsala, India. They danced at the Central Institute of Higher
Tibetan Studies in Sarnath and in Bodhgaya where Buddha attained
his enlightenment. They danced for His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul
in Nepal. Tibetan women were inspired and joined the dance.
"Others Before Self" is an incredible interview with Mrs. Jetsun Pema, the younger sister of H. H. the Dalai Lama, who is often referred to as the Mother of Tibet. She was the director of the Tibetan Children's Villages, and we interviewed her in Dharamsala. The interview is deep and poignant. It touches the heart and her spirit shines as she tells the story of how the Tibetan Children's Villages flourished amidst adversity in exile from Tibet. Woven into the interview is exquisite footage of Prema, Anahata and the 1998 delegation of Tara's sharing Dharma dances with the entire school. This documentary lifts the spirits and is a great companion to the Quiet Revolution.
Dance of Tara
the Goddess Rainbow Essence of Tara
Teaching DVD w/ special feature included:
to the Rare and Precious"
Iradah & Prema Dasara
Teaching DVD $25
Coupled with special feature "Homage to the Rare & Precious,"
both on one DVD!
the 21 Qualities of Tara -- This video guides the viewer through a complete
dance practice of the Goddess Tara. The simple movements of the dance
are based on the essence of the 21 Praises of Tara. This dance is taught
as an introduction to the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises. Skillfully
produced by Anahata Iradah, it is a kaleidoscope of dancing women, men
and children from all over the world, led through the ritual of the dance.
Inspiring! Liberating! Empowering!
to the Rare and Precious
Iradah & Prema Dasara & Nuns of Kopan
DVD/video was recorded on Dakini Day as the culmination of our retreat
in October 2004 with the Nuns of Kopan. A two camera shoot captured the
entire offering to Tara with the nuns dancing in the Mandala and our Western
Pilgrims offering their support as Protectors. The video includes Lama
Lhundrup honoring the work, and the nuns playing the gaylings to lead
the procession of dancers into the Gonpa at the start and close of the
dance. This video shows the entire Tara dance offering from the beginning
of Refuge, through Bodhicitta the Mandala
Dance of Tara and Dedication. It will be very useful
for all Tara Dance teachers who wish to review the components of an offering
or receive inspiration about the transmission of the dance. The individual
Praises were all choreographed by Andrea Abinanti and have a particular
flavor of the sacred dance styles she has mastered.
Related CD $18
Kathmandu Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara
with 6 of the nuns of Kopan in Kathmandu immediately following our 2004
pilgrimage. The Praises are sung in Tibetan with the nuns and the rest
of the Sadhana is in English. A delightful mixture of sincere devotion
to Tara and a landmark in the interweaving of Eastern and Western expressions
of the Dharma. There are three tracks on this CD:
1. Refuge & Bodhicitta 4:01
2. 21 Praises of Tara 34:42
3. Dance of the Qualities 12:27
DVD or Video
Tames the Eight Fears
Children Point the Way to Emotional Health
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
DVD (80 minutes) $25
Wind Horses (companion)
How do you deal with the Fire of Anger? How do you handle
the Snake of Jealousy? In this video children dance, sing and dialogue
their way through a Tibetan Classic that dramatizes eight emotional challenges
including the Demon of Doubt and the Ocean of Desire.
Dasara has been teaching this Dance Drama to children for sixteen years.
Filmed during a one week residency with the staff and students of Mountain
Road School at the Abode of the Message in New York State, the images
are cuteness itself as children from the ages of 3-11 candidly talk about
their feelings and learn the simple movements. We also hear from the parents
and teachers who immediately noted the influence of the dance in their
Buddha Movement Meditation
Iradah & Prema Dasara
coupled with "The Dancing Nuns of Kopan" on one DVD
the Medicine of the Great Lapis Lazuli Buddha Move Through the World
of Universal Peace
Dance and Pray Together
DVD - $25
With Special Feature: River of Guidance with Pir Shabda Kahn
And Beautiful Menu Options
worked for over five years to create this beautiful history of the Dances
of Universal Peace. Giving
a detailed and inspiring history of the Dances through dance, interviews
and narration, it also highlights many areas of global activity.
the words of Murshid Moineddin Jablonski, “There is so much actual baraka
and peace transmitted through this video that I wept for joy at seeing
that the seeds Murshid S.A.M. planted and nurtured are now growing as
fruit and flowers in the gardens of the world.“
to Hand, Heart to Heart
The Dances of Universal Peace in the Holy Land
and narrated by Anahata Iradah, this beautifully produced video tells
one story of how the Dances achieve citizen diplomacy and global peacemaking.
Join the pilgrims as they journey through Jordan, the West Bank, Israel
and Syria. Each stage of the journey is highlighted with Dances as they
link hands with Bedouins, Jews, Christians and Moslems. Accompanied
by inspiring music and interwoven with many interview segments.