Jan 09

Chöd from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu – Virtual Retreat, January 15-23

“Chöd practice is a reminder of impermanence, which is really important for us to hold as we walk through our lives.” ~ Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer

Chöd is a powerful method to feed and not fight that which consumes us. In this, we weave a thread of resolution through global and personal challenges. Tara Mandala offers the Virtual Retreat of Chöd from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on January 15 – 23 with Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, learning this ancient healing practice.
Join Karla online over these two consecutive weekends, which includes a special Dharma talk in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17. For more info about this Dharma talk, please click here.
Chöd means to “cut through.” It merges ancient Tibetan shamanic practices, with Mahayana Buddhism, which emphasizes cultivating compassion and an understanding of emptiness. We meditate on giving up what we cherish most, and offering victory, or love, to our challenges, bringing us and others deep peace and spaciousness. Chöd is practiced with a drum and bell and is sung, working with energy to enhance these qualities.
In this video, Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer shares how Chöd offers powerful healing. To watch, click on the video below.


From Past Retreatants with Lopön Karla

“Karla is a WONDERFUL teacher. She communicates a real embodied integration and understanding of this practice. I loved the retreat, and though I am not new to the Namkhai Norbu Chöd, I learned so much from Karla’s teaching. And as a result of her teaching and guidance I feel inspired and more empowered to practice.” ~ Shirsten

“Karla was really embodying what she was talking about. And was also lighthearted and fun.” ~ Margo

“Karla is a wonderful teacher and human being.” ~ Frank

“I loved Karla and her very personal approach to this practice and practical advise for practicing in urban settings and her own learning curve.” ~ Jenn

“Karla is a Goddess!” ~ Julie

“I am truly grateful to have found the practices at Tara Mandala. The online classes and day long retreat I’ve taken have been a blessing of support, and inspiration during these unprecedented times on the planet, and in my personal life. I really appreciate how accessible they make these teachings to everyone, irregardless of our location, timezone, or income. Peace and Blessings.” ~ Ki Leena Graves

“Tara Mandala Virtual Retreats have been so important during this time of the pandemic. To reach out for Sangha and be met with authentic Dharma and quality teachers has been a lifeline to many. Thank you for bringing the Dharma into our home through Virtual Retreats and Online Programs. I don’t know where I would be without them.” ~ Jenn


Chöd Items, Collections, & Blog Posts

To enhance your Chöd practice, we have curated a special bundle of accessories for this retreat with items from our Online Dakini Store. To view these items, click here »

We also offer two Chöd-related Dakini Store Blog posts:

  “The Making of a Chöd Drum” ~ click to read »
  “Bell & Dorje in the Vajrayana Tradition” ~ click to read »


Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer

Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S., Tara Mandala Senior Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 31 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She has co-taught Chöd since 2013 with Lama Tsultrim and Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton. She has also taught and led Chöd Practices for the NYC Tara Mandala Sangha which she leads. In October 2012, she received the Chod Empowerment from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. She leads a monthly BBIPOC meditation practice for Tara Mandala. Karla is a founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, an Integrative Therapy Practice in New York City. She is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Karla is an initiated priest in the West African system of Ifa.

We are excited to share this Chöd virtual retreat experience with you, welcoming liberation into our being and healing in our lives.

~With Blessings,
Tara Mandala

Photos: Header (Laurie Pearce Bauer) | Video Photo Credits: 1, 3, 4, 5 (J. Brownlee) – 6, 7 (Laurie Pearce Bauer)
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