• Camping – $240.00
  • Commuting – $240.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's – $294.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's – $294.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room – $324.00
  • Prajna Double – $450.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $525.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $735.00

Date & Time Details: This retreat begins with a mandatory registration period from 2pm to 4pm on the first day and ends on Sunday after the afternoon session. The is an optional overnight stay package for anyone that needs to check out on Monday morning.

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Overnight Stay: If you would prefer to stay overnight after the event ends, please add the option of one extra night to your registration.

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Wisdom Rising Dialogue Series

With Lama Willa Miller, Lama Rod Owens, Karla Jackson-Brewer, MacAndrew Jack, Eve Eckman and Ācārya Malcolm Smith

August 16 - 18, 2019

Fostering Enlightened Leadership and Power on the Buddhist Path and in the World

Whether we look at the recent painful events that have transpired within individual Buddhist communities around sexual assault and misuse of power, or simply observe the results of old patterns of “command and control” currently used in places of leadership in our own communities, it is clear that dialogue is needed to uncover the ways in which unhealthy uses of power, privilege, and domination intersect and affect our daily lives. As Buddhist practitioners and as members of our local communities, how we can find tangible and practical solutions that can trigger positive change?

Inspired by the teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione on the importance of bringing the wisdom of the empowered and enlightened feminine into every aspect of our lives, the Wisdom Rising Dialogue Series offers an opportunity to reflect, interact, and engage in transformative discussions to awaken a new collective narrative that can advance positive change in our communities and societies.

As we mark our 25th Anniversary, we offer the first of a five-year series of gatherings where inspiring guest panelists will share their voice, vision, and wisdom in a weekend of constructive and supportive dialogue centered around a key subject of relevance to our communities in the West. In 2019, we will focus on leadership and power, asking questions such as:

  • What is the biggest challenge we face as we think of leadership and the use of power?
  • How can we provide a safe environment in our communities so that power is informed by wisdom and compassion?
  • What practical tools and guidance can we use to recognize the boundaries that can be created to foster healthy connections with leaders, teachers, and guides?
  • How can we as individuals identify problems, provide support and guidance, and prevent misuse of power by those in leadership roles?
  • And, how can we strive to be enlightened leaders using power coupled with wisdom and compassion?

We hope to inspire panelists and participants to:

  • Articulate and identify core challenges we face as a broad Western Buddhist community and society.
  • Engage in recognizing the source of encumbered states, patterns, and systems that affect our communities..
  • Uncover and sketch a set of practices, tools, and plans that can advance positive, transformative change in our individual lives and in our broader communities.
  • Above all, collaborate and commit to create a shift from old paradigms and advance enlightened, inclusive, and compassionate ideas and patterns of collective engagement in our world.

This weekend of dialogue will include panel sessions, small group activities, and participant involvement. Every morning we will begin with a guided mindfulness meditation practice before centering our attention on this important and timely subject.

This event will begin with a mandatory check-in at 2 pm on Friday afternoon and will end on Sunday after the closing afternoon session at 5:30 pm. Participants can check out after the last session or, for anyone preferring to stay overnight, on Monday morning (a fee for an extra night stay will be charged). Please use the appropriate registration option to accommodate this preference.

Suggested Dana: $160 – $200


Lama Willa Miller
Lama Willa has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last thirty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She completed two three year retreats in the nineties, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching interests…
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Lama Rod Owens
Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Lama Rod is also a teacher with the Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple, the Urban Yoga Foundation, Inward…
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Karla Jackson-Brewer
Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 28 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Lopon Chandra Easton. Karla is a founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, an Integrative Therapy…
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MacAndrew Jack
MacAndrew Jack is a psychologist in Boulder, Colorado and a leading clinician, educator, and writer in the integration of Buddhist  psychology and meditation with psychotherapy. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for more than twenty years, and has been a student of Lama Tsultrim since 2003.  He is a past…
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Eve Eckman
Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the Director of Training at the Greater Good Science Center, Eve is an experienced speaker, researcher, and group facilitator with a unique background ideally suited to training individuals and organizations in the science of happiness, resilience, compassion, mindfulness, and emotional awareness. Eve creates dynamic trainings adapted…
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Ācārya Malcolm Smith
Ācārya Malcolm Smith met the Dharma in 1989. His principle gurus are H.H. Sakya Trichen, the late Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, and the late Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. He is a veteran of a traditional three-year solitary Tibetan Buddhist retreat. He is a translator and has several published and forthcoming translations with…
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