Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • Camping (All-Gender) – $400.00
  • Commuting – $400.00
  • Dorm Yurt, All-Gender (Old Gompa) – $490.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's – $490.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $490.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed All-Gender/Family Room – $540.00
  • Prajna Double – $700.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $700.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $1,125.00
  • Tent Cabin (All-Gender) – $540.00

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

Suggested Dana Range: $150 - $250

The above prices do not include teacher offerings or dana. If you would like to offer dana for this retreat prior to arrival you can do so here.

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Chöd: From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

With Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.

May 28 - June 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update 04.06.20

Tara Mandala is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Our planning is focused on ensuring the safety of our dharma practitioners, teachers and members of our staff.

At this time, we are not holding this retreat onsite and we are looking at either:

  • Converting it to an online program, or
  • Postponing it until 2021

Please refer here to our novel coronavirus (COVID-19) official response.

Chöd is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist tradition of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung, and is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, when we nurture and don’t fight what assails us. This gives rise to the awareness of the empty nature of afflictive emotions.

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the Chöd practice and melodies as transmitted and taught by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
  • Learn about the life and teachings of the great yogini, Machig Labdrön, who established the Chöd practice.

Who Should Attend? 

  • This is a required retreat for the Magyu Mother Lineage Program.
  • This retreat is open to all.

To prepare for this retreat, you will need:

  • A Chöd drum and bell, both of which are available through our Dakini store.

Suggested Dana Range: $150 – $250

What is Dana?

  • Dana is a Pali word meaning “generosity.” As one of the six paramitas or “perfections,” the practice of generosity is an integral part of the Buddhist path. Dharma teachings are traditionally offered on the basis of dana which is offered to a teacher in recognition of the precious gift that has been given. Tara Mandala compensates teachers by only covering their travel and room and board while teaching. Tara Mandala suggests a range of dana for each retreat, based on the number of days in which the retreat will take place. There is an opportunity to give dana upon registration directly to the teacher(s) or at the end of each retreat, which is a special time of honoring what has been given and what has been received. For more information about Dana, click here.


Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.
Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S. has been practicing Chöd for over three decades and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She has co-taught Chöd since 2013 with Lama Tsultrim and Löpon Chandra Easton. She continues to teach and lead Chöd Practices for the NYC Tara Mandala Sangha which she…
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