Tara Mandala Blog
Jan 08

Creative Expression

“The one ground of being is infinite potentiality … the source of all creation.”

~ Lama Tsultrim Allione, from her book Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine.

Expressing our creativity provides us many evolutionary benefits. It forges new pathways. It returns us to wholeness. It becomes our expression of the ground of being. With this in mind, we invite you to spark your creative expression with these recommended retreats, events, and Dakini store items below.

Journey into the Dakini Mandala: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

With Karla Jackson-Brewer and Ranjini George • May 20 – 24

We dream of the lives that we want to live, the book or poem or story that we hunger to write. But we feel stuck, lose focus, and can’t “bring it out of the ether onto the earth.” Through the Five Wisdom Dakini Mandala we will deeply experience the Dakini (the feminine expression of transformation), the wisdom of the five families that help us achieve a more evolved and empowered self, and trace the mandala on the land, in our creative energy, and in finding our authentic voice … Read more »

Dance in the Mandala of the 21 Praises of Tara: Praise Her, Embody Her, Discover Your Own Perfection

With Prema Dasara • September 23 – 28

During this retreat dancers will join in practices, meditation, and dances that guide the participant into the depths of their relationship with Tara; the Tara before us, the Tara we are. The movements are simple and exquisite; the mandala will be composed of dancers with all levels of experience. This dance offering is based on a mind treasure of the great Terton Chokgyur Lingpa. Arranged and choreographed by Prema Dasara. H.H. the Dalai Lama has said of Prema Dasara’s offering: “Wonderful, share it with the world”Read more »

Aging with Wisdom and Creativity: Deepening our Practice through Reflection and Writing

With Victress Hitchcock and Olivia Hoblitzelle • May 28 – 31

This wonderfully rich, deepening experience will honor aging as a timeless process, and writing a wonderful vehicle, and we welcome anyone who is drawn to this exploration. Through stories, poems, journaling, and small group sharing, we will open into the heart of writing – setting aside the solid “me” and letting the process of being with our experience unfold. Let’s celebrate our elder years together as opportunities for growth, reflection, and deepening in wisdom and love … Read more »

Benefit Concert for Tara Mandala

With R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Rowan • August 15

Experience two master musicians leading us through a musical journey, blending their insights into a unique, transcendent musical experience. Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan and Grammy-nominated and premier performer of the traditional Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai, will inspire us through the expression of spirit. Within the beautiful Tara Mandala temple, surrounded by the twenty-one Tara statues, this benefit concert for Tara Mandala will awaken inspiration and creativity … Read more »

Creativity and Expression in the Dakini Store

We’ve selected some items from our Dakini Store honoring what’s on offer at these creative retreats. Whether you are a reader, writer, contemplative, or artist of any kind, we hope you find something that supports and inspires your endeavors.

May our creative expression open us into inspiration, connectedness, and joy, abiding in the dynamic play of the ground of being.

~ With Love,
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Photos: Header (Deborah Howe), Dakini Mandala Meditation and Writing Retreat (mandala artwork by Lama Tsultrim Allione), 21 Tara Dance, Aging With Wisdom (Laurie Peace Bauer), Store Photos (Leigh Anne LaGarry and Matthew Cannella)