Winter Solstice Celebration With the Tara Mandala Community
December 21 - 22, 2019
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice 2019 with the Tara Mandala community. Let’s join together to center ourselves and begin the holidays by quieting our minds, settling in our bodies, and opening our hearts to the great mystery of the turning of the sun and the darkest night. The Winter Solstice has been celebrated throughout history by many cultures and is a special time for us at Tara Mandala to set strong intentions for the upcoming year. We will mark the return of the light with an outdoor bonfire where we will release our challenges from the past year followed by a spiral candlelight circumambulation of all the levels of the Tara temple, making each step a prayer. On the top floor of our Temple we will sit in meditation and set our intentions for the new year. We will then spiral back down to the main temple shrine room for a Green Tara Tsog, a special feast offering ceremony. Lama Tsultrim will give a brief explanation and teaching on the Tsog for those of you who are new. You can make a donation for the Tsog offerings or butterlamps here.
This retreat begins with a mandatory check in from 4-4:30 pm. The event will finish at approximately 9 pm. As we have a section in the evening where people offer songs, music, poetry this is unpredictable to how long it will last. But in previous years we have finished around 9pm.
A 4-wheel or All-wheel drive vehicle is absolutely necessary to access Tara Mandala in winter conditions. For anyone who would prefer not to drive home after the tsog, there are overnight accommodations available.
Must be pre-registered by December 20, 2019.
Note: When registering for this program Event Only, is for the evening event only. Overnight lodgings include lodging and overnight stay in lodging type you choose plus your event fee. Tsog is included in all registrations.
Suggested Dana: $25 – $50
There will be an opportunity to place dana in a designated box in the community dining room.