• Camping – $630.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's – $810.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room – $882.00
  • Prajna Double – $1,080.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $1,440.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $1,800.00

Date & Time Details: This retreat begins with a mandatory registration period from 2pm to 4pm on the first day and ends after lunch on the last day.

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

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The Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Miranda Shaw and Ellen Booth Church

May 19 - 27, 2019

This retreat offers transmission and teachings on the Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha) practice as well as on Lama Tsultrim’s personal transformation work within the mandala. Simhamukha is known as a powerful remover of obstacles and as Queen of the Dakinis. This practice is a mind treasure given to Ayu Khandro when she was in dark retreat by the Queen of the Dakinis. The great yogini Ayu Khandro was a student of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Ngala Pema Duddul, and the teacher of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, to whom she transmitted this mind treasure.

We will dedicate one day to each of the five mandala families in order to transform obstructed, negative patterns into their corresponding wisdom energy. Lama Tsultrim’s transformational personal work includes meditation practices, art, mask-making, sound, and movement.

We will be honored by the presence of Miranda Shaw, PhD, author of Passionate Enlightenment and Buddhist Goddesses of India, who will teach on the history of women and goddesses in the Vajrayana tradition.

Prerequisite: Previous study of the mandala through at least one of the following retreats: Vajrayana Retreat (Tara Mandala), Mandala Training Level 1, Dakini Retreat, or Online Wisdom Rising program.

This is a required retreat for the Magyu Mother Lineage Program.

SPECIAL NOTE: On May 18, and in honor of Machig Labdrön’s birthday, we will have a very special celebration and practice the entire Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa) sadhana. On this day, Tara Mandala celebrate the birth of this incredible yogini by ensuring her living oral tradition of Chöd is shared and maintained. If you are interested in attending this practice, please go to the information and registration page here. Please note that if you choose to attend this event, the check-in date will be Friday, May 17.

Suggested Dana: $360 – $450



Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala.  She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22…
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Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Magyu 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 Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Lopön Charlotte teaches in…
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Miranda Shaw
Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., Harvard University, is a Buddhist scholar known for her inspiring and groundbreaking work on women in Tantric Buddhism, chronicled in her renowned book Passionate Enlightenment, which has been translated into seven languages. She is also the author of Buddhist Goddesses of India, a thorough and fascinating historic…
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Ellen Booth Church
Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 30 years. She is a Buddhist teacher, meditation coach, former member on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, and an accomplished educator and author of many educational books and articles for parents and teachers. Formerly a professor of Education…
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