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In February 2013, Centro Tara Cittamani in Padova (Padua), Italy celebrated its 20th anniversary.
After being established in 1993, the center spent years looking for a more permanent residence. “At that time, the activities were mainly carried out in rented halls or gyms, organized by a small but very active group of volunteers whose motivation was to raise awareness of Dharma and benefit the greatest possible number of people,” shared Paolo De Luise, center board member. It wasn’t until 2004 when Centro Tara Cittamani found its home in the suburbs of Padova.
Inaugurated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the late Geshe Jampa Gyatso and Geshe Tenzin Tenphel, the new center has a gompa that seats 60 and features a Green Tara statue by Alfredo Baracco. The center shares its other rooms with Motus Mundi, an association that promotes mindfulness to adults and children through secular activities such as yoga, tai chi, Pilates and English classes.
“To celebrate our 20th anniversary,” continued Paolo, “in February the center hosted in a city theater, with an audience of more than 400 people, the Tour of Compassion and Harmony organized by the monks of Sera Je Monastery, who performed the sacred ritual dances and who made a beautiful mandala of the Medicine Buddha in our gompa. Moreover, in April in the prestigious Palazzo della Gran Guardia located in the city center, thanks to the patronage of the Municipality of Padova, more than 1,200 people benefited for a whole weekend from the positive energy of the Buddha’s relics [from the Maitreya Heart Shrine Relic Tour].”
Centro Tara Cittamani is part of the Unione Buddhista Italiana (Italian Buddhist Union), which in February was officially recognized by the Italian government as a “religious confession,” an honor only held by one other non-Judeo-Christian tradition. The center hopes in the coming years to host a resident geshe.
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