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Open House and Intro to Meditation | May

May 16, 2020

OPEN HOUSE

Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple. This tour includes a history of Tara Mandala, as well as teachings on how the Tara Temple is a representation of the mandala structure (sacred diagram), each direction representing one of the Buddha Families.  The day long tour also includes a vegetarian buffet lunch, a short period of meditation in one of our shrine rooms, and time for Q&A.

Please plan to arrive at 9:30 am. All visitors must sign in at the Tara Mandala Store. The tour starts promptly at 10 am and ends by 1 pm, followed by lunch. Our Tara Mandala Store will be open during your visit. We look forward to welcoming you to Tara Mandala!

Visiting at other times must be done by appointment. Please contact us if you have any questions at (970) 731-3711 ext. 108 or by email at registrar@taramandala.org

9:30 am – Check-In

10:00 am – 1:00 pm : Open House Guided Tour   

1:00 am – 1:45 pm : Lunch

2:30pm –  5:00pm : Intro to Meditation Class

We invite you to spend the day with us and attend the Intro to Meditation class that follows lunch. There is no charge but online registration is required and donations are welcome. You are welcome to join us for the full day, just the open house, or just the intro to meditation class. Please indicate your preference by selecting the appropriate boxes on the registration page. 

INTRO TO MEDITATION CLASS

Meditation has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, relieve depression, increase productivity, and induce creative thinking. Mindfulness, which has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha, has hit the mainstream: An NBC announcer has just written a book about it and teachers are gradually introducing it into our nation’s school systems. Now seems like a good time to check it out, right?

Through sitting and walking meditations, short talks, and time for sharing and discussion, this afternoon class will introduce you to the basics of Buddhist meditation. You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend or to derive great benefit from meditation. This course is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners.

Classes will be taught by a Tara Mandala Apprentice Teacher. This class will take place after the Tara Mandala Open House Tour and lunch. We encourage you to make a day of it by coming to the morning Open House as well.

Please plan to arrive by 2:00 pm. All visitors must sign in at the Tara Mandala Store. The class will start promptly at 2:30 pm and ends at 5:00 pm. There is no charge but online registration is required. See below for registration options. This class is free but if you’d like to offer the teacher a donation (dana), you may do so with cash or check (made payable to the teacher).

Optional suggested dana is a sliding scale of $5 – $20.

Note on dana: Dana is the Pali word for generosity. The teachers in our programs donate their time in service to the Dharma and only receive what retreatants offer at the end of each course. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering at the end of class.

Please check the appropriate box on the registration page to indicate which part of the day you will be attending. All registrations are free. Donations are welcome.

 

Date & Time Details: OPEN HOUSE: Please plan to arrive at 9:30 am. The tour will start promptly at 10 am and end with lunch at 1:00 pm. INTRO TO MEDITATION : Please plan to arrive by 2:00 pm. The class will start promptly at 2:30 pm and end at 5:00 pm.

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

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