Tara’s Refuge, a religious non-profit organization, was founded in 1999 under the guidance and spiritual direction of Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche. This five acre sanctuary at the base of the majestic Mt Shasta in Northern California has a Tibetan Buddhist meditation temple offering teachings, weekly meditations, practice retreats and the Circles of Healing program. The temple is surrounded by lavender fields, colorful oaks and evergreens. The sacred environment is blessed by two full size Stupas, numerous Buddha Statues, a prayer wheel and prayer flags. Just as statues represent the body of the Buddha and Dharma text represent his holy speech, Stupas represent the enlightened mind of the Buddha. These stupas were designed and consecrated by our spiritual director, Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche.
Tara’s Refuge of AIWP is a local chapter of the parent organization, The Association of the Whole Person. AIWP was established so that people can join together in affirming their right to use their skills and knowledge for serving others. Our Ministers, dedicated to the AIWP Credo and Mission Statement, are a community of pioneers whose goal of integrating the whole person is in itself a religious commitment. We are pledged to the creation of a spiritual community and university free from dictates of church or educational orthodoxy.Tara’s Refuge is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.