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Sky Mind: Machig Labdrön and Open Awareness

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

August 20 - 24, 2020

In one of her brilliant teachings, Machig Labdrön – the great 11th century Tibetan yogini – suggests “don’t search, don’t practice; rest in your nature.” This powerful invitation reminds us to turn towards the innate wholeness of our being, the natural space/expanse of primordial awareness. 

In this retreat we will have the opportunity to:

  • Support our recognition and remembrance of our basic nature through Open Awareness meditation, Integration with the Elements, and contemplation of some of Machig Labdrön’s key teachings. 

Who Should Attend? 

  • This retreat is included as a recommended but not required retreat within the Magyu Program.
  • This retreat is open to all.

What To Expect?

  • Our sessions are held in a tent in the beautiful Kapala Meadow at the foot of Ekajati Peak, the heart center of Tara Mandala. 
  • We will practice Chöd in the evenings; those unfamiliar with the practice will be invited to receive it as a traditional form of healing.

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.

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 – $400.00
  • Commuting – $400.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's – $490.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's – $490.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $280.00
  • 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 – $540.00

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.

Teachers

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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Pieter Oosthuizen
Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and entrepreneur and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with…
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