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Vajrayana Retreat: Sacred World – VIRTUAL RETREAT

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

June 6 - 12, 2020

A Tara Mandala Virtual Retreat 

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. We are happy to announce that Lama Tsultrim will teach select sessions of this retreat.

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.
  • For detailed daily schedule information, go to Vajrayana Retreat Schedule

Who Should Attend? 

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

What To Expect?

  • An optional oral exam will be given at the end of the retreat. 

What is a Virtual Retreat?
Our Virtual Retreat is a Tara Mandala At-Home intensive retreat during which you will receive teachings, engage in guided practice, and connect with other participants through an easy-to-use online platform (Zoom). We encourage you to create a retreat environment during our days together, by setting aside a dedicated retreat space, removing yourself as much as possible from social media, and taking care of necessities with the mind of compassion in action.

This retreat is meant to be attended live, however the entire retreat will be available for 7 days after the end of the retreat for additional viewing.

I registered for the original onsite retreat, what can I do?
If you have signed up for the onsite retreat at Tara Mandala, you can easily convert your registration to this new Virtual Retreat offering. Please connect with our Registrar to do this at registrar@taramandala.org.

Tiered-Prices
We’re asking our community to support Tara Mandala financially by considering our tiered-pricing model for our virtual retreats which we are launching  in 2020 to support those in our community that cannot travel due to the pandemic. These are difficult times for everyone, and Tara Mandala is no exception. We encourage you to pay at the highest level within your capacity to support Tara Mandala, our staff, and our sangha. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!

$560 – Essential Level

  • Registration at this level helps Tara Mandala cover basic costs of holding this specific retreat, including compensating our teachers. 

$686 – Luminous Level (includes a 20% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

  • Registration at this level helps support basic costs of this retreat, and additionally supports our onsite staff  at Tara Mandala during this year of uncertainty.

$756 – Mandala Level (includes a 30% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

  • Registration at this level helps Tara Mandala cover basic costs for this retreat, supports staff, facilities maintenance and other critical operational needs onsite this year.

Any additional contribution to our Annual Fund will allow Tara Mandala Retreat Center to continue to be a year-round center, a repository for wisdom literature, a center for translation, a beacon for the feminine in Buddhism, an active dharma center with weekly dharma study and practice that provides refuge for deep practice and transformation. If you are able to provide a generous contribution beyond the prices listed above, you will also have the opportunity to do so in your registration and/or during the retreat.

Similarly, if you would like to offer Dana to the teachers leading this retreat, the information to do so will be provided during the virtual retreat sessions.

Saturday, June 6:
6:00-7:00pm: Opening Gathering
Sunday, June 7:
10:00am – 12:00pm: Teachings
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Teachings
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Practice
Monday – Thursday: June 8 – 11
8:00am – 8:45am: Practice
10:00am – 12:00pm: Teachings
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Teachings
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Practice
Friday, June 12:
10:00am – 12:00pm: Closing Session and Tsog (Ritual Feast)

Date & Time Details: Saturday, June 6 to Friday, June 12, 2020

Location: Online

Email us about program
  • $560.00 – Essential Level
  • $686.00 – Luminous Level (includes a 20% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)
  • $756.00 – Mandala Level (includes a 30% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

Teachers

Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala.  She is author of Women of Wisdom, Feeding Your Demons, and Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as…
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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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