Rochelle Weithorn

Our Mission Statement

Milarepa Children's Theater and Chorus was founded in
2001 and registered as a US 501(c)(3) Domestic
Non-For-Profit Corporation in March 18, 2011, headquarters in New York City.
Milarepa Children's Theater and Chorus has dedicated
itself to preserving the cultural heritage of the
Himalayan region. Preservation of intangible cultural
heritage consists of training children and teens in
traditional Himalayan songs, dances and plays, which they
perform. Admission is free and open to all students.

Tara and Her Twenty-One Emanations Card Set


The 17th Karmapa with the very first set of
"Tara and Her Twenty-One Emanations Card Set."
Each card depicts one of the Twenty-One Taras,
And the sacred symbol she holds in her left hand.
On the back of each card is a description of the Tara,
Her special enlightened activity,
And how we can call upon her for help.
The Tara Cards were created by us to help young readers learn more about Tara.
The model for Tara is Jamyang Aileen Wangmo,
One of our students, and a student of Diki Tibetan Sunday School in Queens, NY.

Tara And Her Twenty-One Emanations Double-Sided Card Set - Tara # 1

These large, laminated Tara Cards are a gift to you
With a donation of $108 or more to support the activities of the
Milarepa Children's Theater And Chorus.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!


HH 16th & 17 Karmapa Bracelets

Hand crafted in Nepal, these waterproof bracelets were blessed by
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.
They are our gift to you when you make a $20 donation to support Milarepa.

Our Book


Tells the story of a young camper who finds himself in a play
About a female buddha named Tara.
Inspiring for children and parents alike.
This limited edition book is our gift to you
when you make a generous donation of $20 to the
Milarepa Children's Theater And Chorus.
We appreciate your support.

We are proud to present a bilingual edition of our book:

Our book has been translated from the English to Tibetan as a helpful guide to 'young readers' studying Tibetan or English.
The book is our gift to you. Feel free to read "My Summer With Tara" on this site, download a copy for yourself, or send it to anyone
who would find the book helpful - monasteries, nunneries, Tibetan schools and so on. Thank you for your support.

A German TRANSLATION eBook gift to you!

Teachers Who Blessed My Summer With Tara

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche blessing My Summer With Tara, Vajra Vidya, Crestone, CO | July 29, 2019

HH Sakya Trizin Medicine Buddha Empowerment NYC | June 29, 2019

Rabjam Rinpoche blessing My Summer With Tara | October 2019, NYC

Dudjom Yangsi Sangay Pema Shepa Rinpoche - Long Life Empowerment. Yeshe Nyingpo Temple, NYC.
Many years ago, I received blessings there from his predecessor Dudjom Rinpoche.
Same person. Sarva Mangalam! May it be auspicious!
July 11, 2019

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (with the author) blessing My Summer With Tara | May 2019

Rabjam Rinpoche and Green Tara Shrine | October, 2019, NYC

Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche with Tara Book, NYC | July 11, 2019

Jamyang, Our Model For Tara

Tara Travels the World

Reading "My Summer With Tara" in Queens, NY.

 Tara with Ani Samten,
Tek Chok Ling Nunnery in
Kathmandu, Nepal

 Tara in Kathmandu with the
Ani's of Tek Chok Ling Nunnery.
KhenpoTsultrim Gyamso Rinpoche
built the nunnery and lives there now.

Tara with Sammy and his mum Sonia
with the lovely healing children's book
"My Summer With Tara", dedicated to
St. Julian's primary school in Norwood, London.

 My name is Yashi lama. I live in
Kathmandu, Nepal.

 Tara with Berlin Family.

 "My Summer With Tara" is a book for
all ages, all cultures, and all genders to enjoy.
It's  beautiful to look at and to read, and it
brings reference to wisdom from the past
into the present day. It's a story of transformation
through awareness that is relevant to readers
from all walks of life.
Anna and Paul in Jackson Heights, NY.

 Tara - Peninsula Library and Historical Society,
Peninsula, Ohio.

 Tara meets a goddess in Berlin!

Tara visiting Berlin Papa. "I support your cause for
the goodness of what you do. I can tell this book is very
pure and you worked hard." Lutzy

 Tara at the Brandenburg Gate with Tobi in Berlin, Germany

Tara visits the Brandenburg Gate with Nicole Bryl.
Thank you Nicole for designing the beautiful book cover.
Tara loves you!

Tara in Berlin visiting the T.V. Tower with Ramin Assemi!

 Tara - Doggie bedtime reading on Upper East Side, NYC

Tara - Cheerful Birthday Claire in Halifax, NS

 Tara with Grandma, 92 years young in Halifax, NS

Tara with Ani in Halifax, NS 

Tara - Medicine Buddha Empowerment, NYC

Tara in Berlin.

Tara in Paris

Tara with Arthur in NYC

Tara in Diki Summer School with Tara #19.

Tara Book Signing, New York Buddha Dharma.

Donated a copy of "My Summer With Tara"
to the Latse Foundation Library in NY, NY

Wonderful lunch celebrating the launch of our
children's book, "MY Summer With Tara." Thank you
to our dear friend Kimmy who supported the
project right from the beginning!

 Tara in New Zealand with two sisters!

 Tara in Middle Way School, West Saugerties, NY.
Two copies of "My Summer With Tara" have
been donated to the school thanks to the
generosity of Michael Chender.

 Diki Tibetan Summer Day Camp, Elmhurst, NY,  is
the school we held our 21 Tara production. Tara #6 is
holding his copy of "My Summer With Tara." The book is
about the ground, path, and fruition of the production.
Thank you to the children, staff, and Ms. Diki-la for their
great effort in helping to create our 21 Tara mandala.

 Tara and children of the NYC Tibetan community with their family.

Tara Wrathful Crowns

Semi Wrathful Crowns

Tuesday Night Tara Practice

"Tashi Deleg!
Today is the fourth day of our prayers for the pandemic to subside.
Today we will recite the prostrations and praises of the 21 Taras.
This practice is extremely widespread in Tibet. For centuries, all
Tibetans whether male or female, young or old have recited it either in
the morning or in the evening. We have a strong belief that Tara will
help. My mother, even though she can’t read, learned Tara orally and
recites it daily.
Tara is an emanation of Chenrezig ( Avalokitesvara), a manifestation of
his compassionate activity. Chenrezig is the embodiment of the love of
all the Buddhas. When he appears in the form of a goddess, we feel
even more strongly how his nature is like a mother’s love. At this time,
when the entire world is faced with suffering, thinking of others with
love is even more necessary than at any other time. We need to
counter Corona with Karuna (compassion). If all of our countries and
people come together to bear the responsibility together, it is certain
that we will soon be freed from this ordeal. Everyday, we hear in the
news and social media of many situations that move us. Our heroes on
the frontline, doctors and nurses are making great sacrifices to battle
the epidemic. Likewise, delivery services, police, soldiers, volunteers
and many others are working hard for our sake. Because of this, I have
the feeling that our problem is not that there are not enough loving
people in the world. It is not that we lack compassion. It's just that
many people don’t have enough courage and lack someone to inspire
them. They need to know that someone like Tara is there to support
them and has their back. We all need to do our bit to inspire each other
and to comfort each other. This is the basis of happiness of humanity.
Sadly, in a few places, this pandemic is being used as a way to
discriminate against certain groups of people. A group of people is not a
single entity; it’s not made up of individual human beings. No one, no
matter who they are, wants to be infected with the virus. No one wants
this hardship. At such times as these, it’s important to put ourselves in
other people’s shoes and reflect."

Spoken by the 17th Karmapa, April 21, 2020

March 29 - April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020

Video of 21 Tara Zoom Performance

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Our Tara's were from many different places

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August 25, 2017 performance of Tara And Her Twenty-One Emanations

Hello! I am Tara #20.

Tara Play

Rehersal for 21 Taras

Students of Diki Tibetan Summer School during a rehearsal from
our new production of  "Tara And Her Twenty-One Emanations"

Studying the Dharma is entirely up to you. If you want to study or you
don't want to study it's up to you. There is no law telling you what to do.
One thing I can say is to think about it carefully. It's really up to you.
And then, if you think it's helpful, then you take it but it is entirely up to you."

In answer to the Chorus question "Rinpoche, can you please give us advice about studying the Dharma?"
Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche
Chorus audience and performance August 6, 2010 NYC

Thank you so much for that beautiful singing and prayer by the Milarepa Children's Chorus
to Tibet's Je Tsongkapa (teacher of the first Dalai Lama.) I am sure the singing has a
good impact and effect on their life. The effect of Tara will be in their life forever ...
this performance is related  to the Tibetan tradition of making offerings. So thank you!
Geleg Rinpoche, Founder of Jewel Heart
March 12, 2010  Tibet House NYC

"I send blessings to Rochelle and the Milarepa Children's Chorus."
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Nepal
October 15, 2009

 "It is important to teach children the teachings of the Buddha.
I do believe if they study the Buddha's principles they
will lead a good life of meaning and significance."
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
September 11, 2009

"The Milarepa Children's Chorus is so so important because
the children are the future of the Dharma."
- The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
The Maine Retreat August 7, 2009

"The Milarepa Songs that you sing will have a
long-lasting effect in your lives now and in the future"
- Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
New York City June 19, 2009

"Chorus songs have certainly changed since I was a child!"
- Daniel Goleman
92nd Street Y, New York City June 22, 2009

"Thank you for sharing the photographs of the Milarepa Costume Party!
How inspiring and especially reassuring that children are exposed to such sanity on one hand
and to the existence of peaceful and wrathful dieties and how to prepare and deal with such energies!!!
What powerful seeds of preparation for this life of course but also for the bardo!
You are like a fairy, magician, gardener of hearts... helping them to flourish...
It soothes my heart to know that this is happening. Khenpo is so happy with you I am sure...
May you and your joy live forever!"
Love, Liliane Busby
Montreal, Canada November 2, 2009

"Did I actually express in words to you how wonderful your
Chorus was in so many ways in their performance last night?

I am not sure that I did, and I want to be certain that you "hear" it, read it, from me.
It is really amazing what you are doing with them. And it has far-reaching effects."
- Paulette Graf, Life Coach

The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa

Milarepa Children's Chorus — Rubin Museum Tibetan Festival

Siddhartha from Tangerine of Mindfulness
A play about the life of the Buddha

Members of the Milarepa Chorus with Richard Gere

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Rebel Buddha Tour Book Signing
The Milarepa Children's Chorus
November 13, 2010
New York City

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Rebel Buddha Tour Book Signing
The Milarepa Children's Chorus
November 13, 2010
New York City

Reading the Chorus program to Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche
August 6, 2010 NYC

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche reading the lyrics of The Guard Song
Milarepa Children's Chorus Audience August 6, 2010 NYC
Click below to view Chorus singing:

Khandro Rinpoche with Chorus members at Symphony Space
Long Life Empowerment Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche August 5, 2010

Gesar Mukpo Rinpoche with Chorus members at Symphony Space
Long Life Empowerment Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche August 5, 2010

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
The First North American Kagyu Monlam
KTD Monastery, Woodstock NY

Jetsun Ngodup Pelzom, The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa's sister with her nephew
The First North American Kagyu Monlam
KTD Monastery, Woodstock NY

Chorus Rehearsing with Harry Einhorn
The First North American Kagyu Monlam
KTD Monastery, Woodstock NY

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche with Chorus members
The First North American Kagyu Monlam
KTD Monastery, Woodstock NY


Gelek Rinpoche

Tibet House
New York City March 12, 2010
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Mingyur Rinpoche, Paul, Erin and our newest Chorus Member Iris
92nd Street Y New York City June 22, 2009

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche and the Chorus.
E-Vam Institute New York City September 11, 2009

Shambhala Arts Festival Photos by Michael Lo 2009

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Chorus Rehearsal August 2010

About Us
Children's Theater and Chorus
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Rochelle Weithorn, Founder and Artistic Director
431 East 73rd Street Studio 3RW
New York, New York 10021
Bio and Photo
Youtube: Rochelle Weithorn

"Generosity is the virtue that produces peace."
We are very grateful for your donation.

Milarepa Children's Theater and Chorus

Our Programs

Children's Day Sunday December 20, 2009
Shambhala Meditation Center of New York

Milarepa Costume Party October 30, 2009

The Shambhala Times Community News Magazine Article:

21 Taras and Five Buddha Families Workshop — Friday January 10, 2009


Milarepa Children's Theater and Chorus
Rehearsal Workshop Performance and Costume Party

Our Plays

Milarepa Children's Chorus

The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa

Medicine Buddha Empowerment

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Rubin Museum of Art

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo

The Illustrated Life of Je Tsongkapa

Children's Day

Youtube Video: Lion's Song — Art of War Weekend (January 23, 2009)

Chorus Rehearsal — February 20, 2009

The International Shambhala Arts Festival
March 20, 2009 New York City

Tibet House Fundraiser for Tibetan Children's Village
April 30, 2009 New York City
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Rubin Museum Family Day Celebrating Tibet
New York City May 2, 2009
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Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
June 19, 2009

His Eminence Mingyur Rinpoche
June 22, 2009

H.H. The Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa's 24th Birthday Celebration,
KTD Monastery
Woodstock, New York June 27, 2009
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Bardo Tulku Rinpoche
Benefit for Kuzang Palchen Ling
New York City June 28, 2009

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
E-Vam Institute
New York City September 11, 2009

Tibetan Festival
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
New York City October 3, 2009

Gelek Rinpoche
Tibet House
New York City March 12, 2010
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