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Parchangma Chöd – VIRTUAL RETREAT

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Anna Raithel

April 8 - 11, 2021

A Tara Mandala Virtual Retreat

Chöd is a wonderful and powerful practice for these difficult times. It brings understanding to the root of our pain and offers a concrete method for the healing of addictions, traumas, and other “demons” in both our inner and outer worlds. It is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist principles of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung and accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, giving rise to the awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscurations.

The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (Tib. terma). 

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the five melodies and the musical patterns for the drum, bell, and kangling.

Who Should Attend? 

  • 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. 
  • The Kangling is optional to attend the retreat.
  • Optional: To enhance your practice, we have curated this special bundle of items related to this retreat. All purchases through our Dakini Store directly benefit Tara Mandala!

What is a Virtual Retreat?

Virtual Retreats are Tara Mandala At-Home intensive retreats, teachings and in-depth workshops during which practitioners receive dharma teachings, engage in guided practice, experience hands-on learning, and connect with other participants through an easy-to-use online platform (Zoom) during consecutive days (with few exceptions) and daylong offerings. This modality of learning is appropriate for practitioners who are able to create a practice container of their own, setting aside a dedicated retreat space, removing themselves from social media, and taking care of necessities with the mind of compassion in action for the specific dates and times that the teachings occur. 

Virtual Retreats are meant to be attended live given that direct transmission (Tib. lung) may be given. However, access to recordings of the sessions are available for additional viewing for various timeframes specified by the price level selected.

Tiered-Prices

Tara Mandala offers tiered pricing for all virtual retreats to allow participants the opportunity to consider offering additional financial support for Tara Mandala while gaining greater access to the recordings of the teachings post-retreat. These are difficult times for everyone, and Tara Mandala is no exception. We encourage you to select at the highest level within your capacity to assist Tara Mandala in covering the costs to offer these wonderful teachings. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!

$319 – Tier 1 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 7 days from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers the basic costs of holding this specific retreat, including compensating our teachers. 

$392 – Tier 2 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 30 days from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers basic costs of this retreat and supports the year round staff at Tara Mandala.

$430 – Tier 3 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 1 year from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers basic costs for this retreat, supports year around staff as well as facilities maintenance and other critical operational needs.

Any additional contribution to our Annual Fund will allow Tara Mandala Retreat Center to continue to operate, be a repository for wisdom literature, a center for translation, a beacon for the feminine in Buddhism, and an active dharma center 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.

There are many ways to support and engage with Tara Mandala’s activities. Click here to learn more. We appreciate your support and generosity! 

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.

Note: Tara Mandala has two scholarship funds and offers deferred payment plans as resources for anyone with financial limitations. For more information and to apply, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance Page

VIRTUAL RETREAT SCHEDULE

Listed times are the online portions of the retreat. All times are Mountain Time. 

Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

Thursday, April 8:
11:00am – 1:00pm MT: Opening Session
2:00pm – 4:00pm MT: Teaching Session
6:00pm – 6:45pm MT: Practice Session

Friday, April 9:
8:00am – 8:45am MT: Practice Session
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Teaching Session
2:00pm – 4:00pm MT: Teaching Session
6:00pm – 6:45pm MT: Practice Session

Saturday, April 10:
8:00am – 8:45am MT: Practice Session
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Teaching Session
2:00pm – 4:00pm MT: Teaching Session
6:00pm – 6:45pm MT: Practice Session

Sunday, April 11:
8:00am – 8:45am MT: Practice Session
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Teaching Session
2:00pm – 4:00pm MT: Closing Session and Tsog (Ritual Feast)

Date & Time Details: April 8 - April 11, 2021

Location: Online - Zoom

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  • $319.00 – Tier 1 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 7 days from the end of the retreat)
  • $392.00 – Tier 2 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 30 days from the end of the retreat)
  • $430.00 – Tier 3 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 1 year from the end of the retreat)

Teachers

Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is the bestselling author of Women of Wisdom (1984), Feeding Your Demons (2008), and Wisdom Rising Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (2018). Lama Tsultrim is the founder of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre retreat center with the three-story temple and library  dedicated to the divine…
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Anna Raithel
Anna Raithel completed her B.A. in Religion and then lived at Tara Mandala for six years, working as Lama Tsultrim’s Executive Assistant and the Temple Manager. She studied Tibetan language and gyaling, coordinated the annual Drubchens, and was the lead umdze (chant leader) and chöpön (ritual arts leader). She recently finished…
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