Teachers

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton is a Dharma teacher, author, and translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts. She serves on Tara Mandala’s Prajna (Teacher) Council, Executive Committee, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Council. She develops programs and curricula for Tara Mandala, as well as teaches nationally and internationally.  She is the author of Embodying Tara: Twenty-One Manifestations to Awaken Your Innate Wisdom (Shambhala Publishing, 2023).

In 1996, Lopön Chandra studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB’s religious studies department at which time she co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection, published by Vimala Publishing, 2012. 

From the very beginning of her Buddhist studies, Lopön Chandra recognized the profound need to bring forth the voice of the empowered feminine in Buddhism. Due to this, in 1999 during her first pregnancy, she met and then later began to study with Lama Tsultrim Allione, pioneering female Buddhist teacher, national best selling author, and founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center.

In September of 2015, during the final day of the White Dakini Drubchen, Lopön Chandra was given the title of Dorje Lopön (Vajra Teacher) of Tara Mandala under Lama Tsultrim Allione and given the name Lopön Yeshe Dawa Zangmo by H.E. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who presided over the ceremony with Lama Tsultrim.

Lopön Chandra has had the good fortune to study with many Tibetan and Western Buddhist teachers such as H.H. 16th Karmapa (with whom she took refuge at the age of three), H.H. Dalai Lama (with whom she took her Bodhisattva Vow), Lama Tsultrim Allione, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, B. Alan Wallace, Gyatrul Rinpoche, A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche, and Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche, Sogan Rinpoche, and Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche.

She co-founded the 21 Taras Collective (www.21tarascollective.org) with Nina Rao and Genevieve Walker, to record music for the twenty-one Taras mantras found in her book, Embodying Tara. Her talks, writings, guided meditations, and teaching schedule can be found at www.chandraeaston.com

Events with Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

Wisdom Rising Enhanced Practices – MP3 (Digital Download)
Open Dates

This includes 10 guided meditations, as taught in the Wisdom Rising book, and led by Lopön Chandra Easton: Integration with the Elements (5 meditations – one for each family) Unblocking the Encumbered Energy (5 meditations – one for each family) Total Audio Length = 70 min Click Here for Our…

Chöd of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche: Self-Paced Program
Open Dates

Chöd, the practice of severance, is a profound ritual for dealing with fears, illnesses, and difficult emotions. Developed in the 11th century by the great Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön, the practice of Chöd slowly transformed from an obscure practice lineage into a cornerstone of multiple schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The…

Embodying the Innate Wisdom & Compassion of the 21 Taras: Contemporary Study and Practice (online)
April 25 - December 12, 2024

Explore the symbolic meaning, power, and purpose of the 21 Taras through teachings, embodied meditation, mantra, and journeys with Tara.  In this immersive and transformative program, Dorje Lopön Chandra will offer us a lens through which we can understand and integrate the contemporary context of the Taras through inspiring stories…

Poetry of Practice: Mind Training for Modern Times (Retreat in The Netherlands)
June 28 - July 1, 2024

This retreat is open to everyone. No prior meditation experience is required. At the heart of all practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Mind Training (Lojong) puts special emphasis on transforming all hardships and happiness into the path of awakening, meaning that all of life’s joys and sorrows can be fuel for…

Embodying Tara Retreat Meditation, Mantra, and Yoga Workshop (Retreat in Germany)
July 4 - 7, 2024

Open to EVERYONE. Tara, the female buddha of compassion, is called the “Savioress” because she is known for saving beings from the ocean of samsara (suffering). Her name also means “star” as she is as infinite as the stars in the sky. Ultimately, she represents the essential nature of your…

Embodying Tara: A Meditation, Chanting, and Yoga Retreat + Book Signing (Retreat in Colorado)
July 19 - 24, 2024

Open to EVERYONE. Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, is revered as the “Savioress” because she is known for saving beings from the ocean of samsara (suffering). Her name also means “star” as she is as infinite as the stars in the sky. She manifests in the world according to…

Tara Mandala Autumn Month-Long Practice Retreat 2024 (Retreat in Colorado)
October 5 - November 2, 2024

With great excitement, we announce the fruition of a long-held aspiration to offer a month-long practice retreat where we step out of our regular routine and experience the simplicity and beauty of turning inward and cultivating our personal practice. As the autumn leaves fall and sap returns to its core,…