Vajrayana: Sacred World

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

June 6 - 12, 2020

The rise of the Vajrayana was marked by key social developments including the rise of the feminine, social diversity and the ideal of the siddha or householder yogin. With its emphasis on sacred world and sacred view, the Tantric spiritual path includes and integrates all aspects of life, including the full range of sensory and sensual experience. 

This retreat offers a historical and philosophical overview of the Vajrayana and explores the lives and teachings of some of the great Tantric practitioners and mahasiddhas, such as Naropa, Tilopa, Lakshminkara, Saraha, Niguma, Kukkuripa, among others. 

Our practice sessions will include:

  • Integration with the elements practices that allow us to embody the five elemental wisdoms.
  • Focused contemplations on dohas (poems) and songs of realization, composed by the mahasiddhas, which point to the ultimate nature of reality. 
  • The opportunity to write our own songs and poems as we bring these teachings to life on our path.

Who Should Attend? 

What To Expect?

  • There will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings. 
  • An optional oral exam will be given at the end of the retreat. 
  • We are sorry that we cannot accommodate children on the land during this retreat.

Suggested Dana Range: $210-$350

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.


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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  • Camping (All-Gender) – $560.00
  • Dorm Yurt, All-Gender (Old Gompa) – $686.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's (Vajra) – $686.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $686.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed All-Gender/Family Room – $756.00
  • Prajna Double – $980.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $980.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $1,575.00
  • Tent Cabin (All-Gender) – $756.00

Suggested Dana Range: $210-$350

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.


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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