The Tara Healing Garden
The lineage of Samye Ling's co-founder Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche is traditionally associated with healing and medicine.Â The first Akong was recognized by the second Jamgon Kongtrul as an emanation of the Medicine Buddha. In this lifetimeÂ the second Akong TulkuÂ established TaraÂ Tibetan MedicineÂ andÂ Therapy. This combines the traditional training and view of eastern and western traditions in both physical and psychological medicine. The Tara Therapy training has been adopted by many trained western psychologists and its successful methods have spread throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia. A training in the theory and the practical basis of Tibetan Medicine has also been introduced to qualified physicians trained in conventional western medicine.
The Goddess TaraÂ
The Tara Garden
The Tara Healing Garden is dedicated to the 21 emanations of Tara and will preserve and propagate medicinal herbs native to Tibet that can be cultivated in the climate of the Scottish Borders. Each of the 21 emanations of Tara has the power and the qualities to overcome 21 different kinds of physical and mental disease. Therefore 21 different herbs connected with these different aspects will be planted in separate petal shaped beds around the central statue of Tara. This statue was consecrated at 7 o'clock in the morning on the seventh day of the seventh month of 2007.Â
The completed gardenÂ is 40 yards in diameter and is designed as a 21 petalled lotus. Each petal consists of a raised bed built in stone with broad paths radiating from the central statue in each of the four directions. Each lotus petal will be planted with medicinal herbs whose colour corresponds to the mandala of Green Tara and the remaining meadow will be planted with trees, shrubs and an orchard of native fruit trees.
Through the essential power of these plants combined with the power of prayers to Tara, medicines will be prepared that will be specific for healing these 21 different kinds of physical and mental diseases.