Apr 15

Magyu Gathering – Honoring the Mother Lineage

“Even the stains of karma, once ripened, are unable to affect the natural purity of suchness of all phenomena.”

~ Machig Labdrön

We are pleased to announce our inaugural, Magyu Biennial Gathering: An Honoring of the Mother Lineage (August 5 – 10) with Lama Tsultrim Allione, Magyu Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S., offered on the land this summer at Tara Mandala. This special retreat will provide a long-awaited opportunity to connect in-person with our cherished sangha and to dive deeply into the teachings of Machig Labdrön, while immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.
In this video, Lama Tsultrim shares an invitation to the Magyu Biennial Gathering.

In this retreat, you will receive teachings from the Chöd lineage and engage in daily Chöd practice. Virtual teachings will be given by Lama Tsultrim Allione and other teachers will give special dharma talks. We will focus our group practice on the Chöd of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche in the evenings, and will have opportunities to include the practice of Dentog Chigma Chöd for those who are familiar and have received the transmission.

In this retreat, you will experience:
Morning Prajnaparamita practice on Prayer Flag Ridge.
Evening closing sessions in the main shrine room of Chöd practice.
An optional overnight wilderness stay in the Kapala meadow, practicing the Chöd Dulzhug Pilgrimage.
Sessions that will include breakout groups for specific discussions, integrative Magyu practices (such as Feeding Your Demons®), instrument mastery workshops as well as special dharma talks to deepen our understanding and connection to our Chöd lineages.


The Mother Lineage

Tara Mandala extends a warm invitation to all of Lama Tsultrim’s students who are members of the Magyu program. An honoring of the Mother Lineage through this first Magyu Gathering is an acknowledgement of our shared commitment to hold this fresh stream of teachings from our beloved teacher, Lama Tsultrim, and is a recognition of our karmic connection to the great yogini, Machig Labdrön.

For those who would like to apply for Magyu, this is an opportunity. Upon being accepted into Magyu, you will be able to register and attend the Magyu Biennial Gathering retreat in August.

For more about Magyu and to apply, click here »


Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is the bestselling author of Women of Wisdom (1984), Feeding Your Demons (2008), and Wisdom Rising Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (2018). Lama Tsultrim is the founder of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre retreat center with the three-story temple and library dedicated to the divine feminine in the Buddhist tradition near Pagosa Springs, in southwest Colorado. She leads a vibrant international community with over forty groups around the world. Born in New England, she traveled to Asia in her late teens and in 1970 at the age of 22 in Bodhgaya, India she became the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun … Read more »

Magyu Dorje Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam

Magyu Dorje Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism for the last 20 years, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006, and received the title of Magyu Dorje Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Dorje Lopön Charlotte teaches in the US and abroad, often in partnership with her husband Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen, and co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha. Dorje Lopön Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School where she studied comparative religion … Read more »

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 Chöd Empowerment from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. She leads a monthly BBIPOC meditation practice for Tara Mandala … Read more »

We hope you can join us this summer on the beautiful land at Tara Mandala.

~With Blessings,
Tara Mandala

Photos: Header (Deborah Howe), Machig statue (J. Brownlee)
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