About

Tara with sea animals

What on Jambudvipa is

Taradical Compassion?

It does not matter which realm we abide, all sentient beings seek happiness and freedom from suffering. As baby bodhisattvas (babysattvas), we must seek to benefit such beings – humans, animals, and others we cannot yet perceive.

Taradical Compassion is a recognition that it is a being’s sentience alone, that is, their mind and consciousness, which gives them the right to be treated with respect. I believe that there is no distinction in the compassion between Buddhism and veganism – it is not another “ism”, but merely a step on the bodhisattva path. Ultimately, in three countless great aeons, not exploiting others is the least we can do!

I’m Tara (the 22nd or 109th) and offer my own dharma thoughts and expressions, original artwork, motion design visualisations and meditations on the lam.rim. I hope to present the dharma for the digital age, making timeless teachings accessible for all… and bring some joy, we don’t need to get stuck on the first two Noble Truths. (En)lighten up!

I’m also well aware that yet another Tara, Tara Brach, created Radical Compassion. She managed to conceive of the idea before myself – Swift One. However, I do love a pun and give homage to Mother Tara my namesake. She is a Liberator and I believe this quality necessary in developing our own Taradical Compassion: the Generosity of Fearlessness.

the tara behind taradical compassion

Hey, I’m Tara. I was born into a Buddhist family back in ’99 and have been a lifelong dharma practitioner ever since.

Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden is my kind root guru.

I grew up in and around a Tibetan Buddhist community, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed some discrepancies…

If you’ve a keen eye you may have noticed I’m quite the passionate vegan! I want to create resources and get the information out there to benefit all beings, whether that be around issues of social justice in the human realm or our imperative to treat animal mother sentient beings with respect.

I’m 24 years old, so I think that technically makes me a Gen Z. I’d love to be able to help modernise the timeless dharma teachings, hence the YouTube channel and meditations (coming soon!)

If there’s anything in particular you’d like made to help out your own meditation practice, please feel free to get in touch. I hope this can be a collaborative process, contributor and community-driven. I’ve got little support columns there, but Patreon will be quiiiite a while away for now! At least it’s a marker of what’s to come in future. All-in-all, it should be for you.. so bon appetit!

Guiding Values

Ethics &

Morality

Endless knot (white)

There’s a reason the six paramitas (perfections) list generosity, ethics, and joyous effort as achievable for the everyday person. We don’t have to spend time in a monastery or nunnery meditating or remembering lines to know that acting in accord with a moral code is a good thing!

The phrase “we’ve always done it that way” doesn’t justify or automatically make it morally acceptable and I hope to elucidate this especially in our treatment of the animal realm.

Kindness &

Compassion

White lotus

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama once said “My religion is kindness” and I think that about sums it up. It doesn’t take much to just be kind. To choose kindness is pretty easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

(And yes, that is a lotus with the vegan symbol, thank you for asking 😉)

Wisdom &

Logic

Dharma wheel (white)

Wisdom and logic, pramana, serve as the basis for debate in Tibetan schools. Sometimes our intellectualism can overshadow or eclipse the pure Buddha Nature that we all hold in our heart. We need to use our hearts in matters of how we treat others, but also need to be presented with facts and logic.

I often remark, you may not yet know and that is okay, but once you do know you must act.

© Taradical Compassion 2024

Taradical Compassion comprises dharma thoughts and expressions, original artwork, motion visualisations and meditations on the lam.rim (the graduated path to enlightenment) with great emphasis on the need for compassion and bodhichitta for our fellow sentient beings.

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