Programs

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Retreat Cabins

Open Dates
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The beauty of nature, quietness, and solitude supported me so much in letting the vajra mind shine through. Having time for my practice with no outer worldly pressure helped me to deeply relax into my meditation, creating space. I’m deeply grateful for this precious time on Tara’s Land!     -Vera M. Retreat, or returning back […]

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Kapala Training Level II: Feeding Your Demons®

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

May 24 - 29, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat consists of a deepening of the Prajña Paramita practice, an introduction to Jamgön Kongtrül’s text “Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother”, and Machig Labdrön’s method for cutting through discursive thoughts with sound. FYD™ work will expand through mapping of family lineage demons, physical body demons, and hydra demons.   This is a required […]

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Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha

With Polly Ryan, MFT

June 3 - 10, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and other key teachings of the Buddha. We will do intensive practice of Shamata (breath awareness) and walking meditation, and we will also learn about Buddhism through the […]

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Three Yana Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Polly Ryan, MFT

June 3 - 30, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The Three Yana retreat will cover the historical and contemplative development of Buddhism involving a combination of meditation practice and daily teachings. During each section there will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings by Lama Tsultrim and invited guest teachers. An optional oral exam […]

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Feeding your Demons: Kapala I Training

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 7 - 11, 2017

Feeding your Demons is a powerful and profound method for working with rather than fighting against the obstacles, conflicts, and challenges of our life. By meeting our fears and obsessions with gentleness and compassion, and nurturing their underlying need, we allow them to transform into allies, insight and wisdom. Drawing on traditional practices and teachings […]

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Dorje Yudrönma: Protectress of Divination (Empowerment and Teachings) and White Tara with Consort Practice & Tibetan Yoga for Longevity

With Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

June 13 - 20, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Dorje Yudrönma is a Protectress who also is connected to oracular and prophetic practices such as the mirror divination. During the first couple days of the retreat, Rinpoche will give teachings and the empowerment for this divination practice. The last five days of the retreat will be devoted to the White Tara Lujong practices. Of […]

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Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

June 13 - 20, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat will explore new developments that took place during the Mahayana period such as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophies, Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on Tonglen, the Four Immeasurables, and the Six Paramitas will also be taught. During the retreat there will be noble silence and six […]

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Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

June 23 - 30, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

In this retreat we will study how the Vajrayana developed historically and learn the fundamentals of Vajrayana practice. Lama Tsultrim will give an introduction to the 5 Buddha families, the mandala principle, and deity yoga as well as transmission for the 5 Dakini Mandala, the 5 Buddha Mandala, and the Yab Yum Mandala. There will […]

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Parchangma Chöd

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Anna Raithel

June 23 - 27, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). In this retreat, you will learn the five melodies and the musical patterns for the drum, bell, and kangling. Chöd is a wonderful and powerful practice for these difficult times. It brings understanding to the root of […]

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Green Tara Retreat

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

June 23 - 25, 2017
Center for Mindful Living

Join us to embody and practice Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative life. In this retreat, you will learn […]

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The Heart Sutra

With Anam Thubten

July 3 - 6, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Anam Thubten will teach on the Heart Sutra, the most important Mahayana Sutra, centered around the Prajnaparamita teachings that deal with awakening to emptiness. The wisdom of emptiness is the way of perceiving all life and experience with the unconditioned mind that is not distorted by our opinions and beliefs. Such insight gives us a […]

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R. Carlos Nakai and Nawang Khechog in Concert

With R. Carlos Nakai and Nawang Khechog

July 8, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Join us for an inspiring evening with Grammy-nominated Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai in the Tara Mandala Temple. He is the premier performer of the traditional Native American flute, with over 1 million copies sold of his platinum album Canyon Trilogy. His firm footing in traditional music is complemented with the seamless integration of […]

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First International Chöd-Zhije Conference: The Lineage of Machig Labdrön & Padampa Sangye

July 12 - 16, 2017

First International Chöd-Zhije Conference: The Lineage of Machig Labdrön and Padampa Sangye July 12-16, 2017 With follow-up retreats July 18-23, 2017   When Machig Labdrön asked Padampa Sangye how to best serve sentient beings, he answered: “Approach that which you find repulsive, Whoever you think you cannot help, help them, Go to the places that […]

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Student Registration: First International Chöd-Zhije Conference: The Lineage of Machig Labdrön & Padampa Sangye

July 12 - 16, 2017

Students Register Here

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Tibetan Healing Chöd

With Drüpon Lama Karma

July 18 - 23, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The Chöd tradition includes numerous healing rituals and practices to cure illnesses, promote good health, remove obstructions and clear karmic patterns. In this unique retreat, Lama Karma will teach three such practices: 1. Changbu Gyatsa, the “100 handprint” torma ritual; 2. Jungzhi Zerba, a stand-alone sadhana involving torma offerings to the elemental Dakinis (such as […]

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The Ear-Whispered Lineage of Ganden: Chöd Retreat

With Kunze Chimed and Chöying Khandro, M.A.

July 18 - 23, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This rarely taught Chöd practice stems from one of the two Chöd lineages of the Buddhist Gelugpa tradition. Tracing their lineage from Machig Labdrön through Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa, these Chöd practices were passed down through oral transmission (“ear-whispered”) from lama to lama and remained fairly secret, practiced primarily outside of the scholarly […]

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Special One-Day Benefit for Tara Mandala: Intimate Dialogue and Afternoon Tea with Pema Chödrön & Evening Concert with Krishna Das

July 29, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Join us for this exciting one-day event with two of the most beloved figures in Dharma and Kirtan in the West! Bestselling author and Buddhist meditation teacher Pema Chödrön has touched the lives of millions with her down-to-earth guidance for becoming happier, “saner” people in an ever-changing and challenging world. Grammy®-nominated recording artist and Bhakti yogi Krishna […]

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Gateway Complete Transmission: Troma Sadhana (By Invitation Only – Garudas)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 1 - 5, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Garuda”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the White Dakini Sadhana. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the Garuda Complete Transmission program.

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Gateway Complete Transmission: Dzogchen Preliminaries (By Invitation Only – Completes)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 1 - 5, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Completes”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the Rushen practices. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the “Completes” cohort.  

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White Dakini Drubchen, including Teaching Days Aug, 5 – 16

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert

August 5 - 16, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Randröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche to Lama Tsultrim Allione, who for the first time will lead the Drubchen as our Vajra […]

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White Dakini Drubchen

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert

August 5 - 16, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Randröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche to Lama Tsultrim Allione, who for the first time will lead the Drubchen as our Vajra […]

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White Dakini Drubchen only (no teaching days)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 7 - 16, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Randröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche to Lama Tsultrim Allione, who for the first time will lead the Drubchen as our Vajra […]

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Gateway Foundation: Deepening Ngöndro & Tsog Training (By Invitation Only – Tigers)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert

August 19 - 23, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat is required for all Gateway Foundation (Tigers) participants and will focus on refining and deepening the practices found within the Dzinpa Rangdröl Ngöndro. There will be ample practice time, teachings and clarifying questions around certain aspects of the practice, as well as time to bond with your fellow “Tiger” practitioners. This retreat will […]

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Feeding Your Demons: Level 1 Workshop

With Paula van Lammeren

August 25 - 26, 2017
Zutphen, Netherlands, Europe

Language: Dutch The workshop provides a thorough grounding in this remarkable method for transforming and befriending negative emotions, fears, illness and self defeating patterns; and introduces the radical notion that to heal and transform ourselves we must ‘feed’ not fight our demons. The process has been developed and carefully designed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, author […]

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Dentog Chigma: Chöd Retreat

With Drüpon Lama Karma

August 30 - September 3, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Dentog Chigma is the main sadhana practice within the Rinchen Trengwa (‘The Mala of Jewels’), the collection of practices in Machig’s Kama (oral) lineage compiled by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and Karma Chakme. Dentog Chigma literally means ‘Liberation on One Seat.’ This marvelous practice is sung with a melody and accompanied by Chöd drum and bell […]

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Meditation 101, September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Meditation has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, relieve depression, increase productivity, and promote  creative thinking. Mindfulness, which has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha, has hit the mainstream: An NBC announcer has just written a book about it, and teachers are gradually introducing it into our nation’s […]

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Open House & Meditation 101, September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

Open House Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors […]

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Open House, September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors must sign […]

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Open House & Meditation 101

September 2, 2017

Open House Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors […]

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WisdomWomen Sacred Sexuality Visionary Gathering

With Michelle Stransky, Mutima Rose Imani and Nadine Nierika Keller

September 7 - 10, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

WisdomWomen is a growing movement of women who believe it is time to look in a revolutionary new direction and build our world from a different paradigm. We are not asking whether or not this can be done. We are claiming that it is ours to do. This Visionary Gathering will offer a deep dive […]

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Private Registration: WisdomWomen Sacred Sexuality Visionary Gathering

With Michelle Stransky, Mutima Rose Imani and Nadine Nierika Keller

September 7 - 10, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

WisdomWomen is a growing movement of women who believe it is time to look in a revolutionary new direction and build our world from a different paradigm. We are not asking whether or not this can be done. We are claiming that it is ours to do. This Visionary Gathering will offer a deep dive […]

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Healing the Heart of the Womb

With Laura Clemmons

September 15 - 17, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Healing the heart of the womb is a time of spiritual exploration, connection, and ceremony. We will use herbs, art, and shamanic journeying as vehicles for the process and we will learn how to use them as daily tools to support and promote a healthier and happier moontime (menstrual cycle) in our lives. Within this […]

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A Precious Human Birth-Day Weekend

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer

September 29 - October 2, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Come celebrate Lama Tsultrim Allione’s 70th Birthday at Tara Mandala. Join us for a weekend of celebration including a Friday evening wine reception, Saturday Chöd Tsog and an evening concert, featuring Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer singing their ‘Dharmatized’ originals. Sunday we will hike to Opal Lake for a picnic. Reserve your […]

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Meditation 101, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Meditation has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, relieve depression, increase productivity, and promote  creative thinking. Mindfulness, which has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha, has hit the mainstream: An NBC announcer has just written a book about it, and teachers are gradually introducing it into our nation’s […]

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Open House & Meditation 101, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017

Open House Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors […]

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Open House, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017

Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors must sign […]

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Open House & Meditation 101

October 7, 2017

Open House Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors […]

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Machig Labdrön in Bhutan: Two Week Pilgrimage

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

October 22 - November 7, 2017

    Join us for this rare opportunity to go on pilgrimage with Lama Tsultrim Allione to one of the last independent Vajrayana Buddhist countries in the world.   Letter from Lama Tsultrim Dear Tara Mandala Community, Several years ago I was contacted by a Bhutanese woman, a scholar with a PhD in Women’s Studies […]

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Two Week Pilgrimage to Bhutan Registration – PRIVATE: Registration is valid ONLY if you have been given this link

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

October 22 - November 7, 2017

  Charges • $5,980.00. The first payment of 50%, ($2990) is due with registration, $850.00 of this is non-refundable. • The final payment is due by July 7, 2017.   • For questions regarding billing, payments, etc, please contact Tina at accounts@taramandala.org Cancellation Policy 1. Cancellations must be received in writing for a refund to be issued. We recommend that you send an email […]