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Programs

  • $695.00 – Tier 1 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 7 days from the end of the retreat)
  • $848.00 – Tier 2 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 30 days from the end of the retreat)
  • $938.00 – Tier 3 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 1 year from the end of the retreat)

Date & Time Details: June 22 - June 30, 2021

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: $180 - $540

The prices above do not include teacher offerings or dana. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.

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Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha) – VIRTUAL RETREAT

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Ellen Booth Church and Miranda Shaw

June 22 - 30, 2021

This retreat offers transmission and teachings on the Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha) practice as well as on Lama Tsultrim’s personal transformation work within the mandala. Simhamukha is known as a powerful remover of obstacles and as Queen of the Dakinis. This practice is a mind treasure given to Ayu Khandro when she was in dark retreat by the Queen of the Dakinis. The great yogini Ayu Khandro was a student of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Ngala Pema Duddul, and the teacher of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, to whom she transmitted this mind treasure.

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive the transmission and teachings on the Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha) practice.
  • Become more familiar with each of the five mandala families.
  • Learn to transform obstructed, negative patterns into their corresponding wisdom energy. 
  • Engage in transformational personal work, including meditation practices, art, sound, and movement.

Prerequisites:

  • In order to attend this retreat you must have already completed previous study of the mandala through at least one of the following retreats:
    • Vajrayana Retreat (with the exception of Vajrayana 2020 Virtual Retreat)
    • Mandala Training Level 1
    • Dakini Retreat
    • Online Wisdom Rising program

Who Should Attend? 

To prepare for this retreat, you will need:

  • 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!

$695 – 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. 

$848 – 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.

$938 – 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.

Choosing Tier 2 or Tier 3 levels 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.

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

Offering dana to the teacher: The practice of offering dana, which means “generosity,” is the traditional offering the student makes to the teacher as a symbol of appreciation, gratitude, and reciprocity for receiving the precious teachings. Information on offering dana to the teacher will be provided during the virtual retreat. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.

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.

Tuesday, June 22:
2:00pm – 3:00pm MT: Opening Session

Wednesday, June 23:
9:00am – 11:00am MT: Teaching Session
12:30pm – 2:30pm MT: Teaching Session (Transmission will be offered, so this session must be attended live.)
3:30pm – 4:15pm MT: Practice Session

Thursday – Tuesday, June 24 – 29:
7:00am – 7:45am MT: Practice Session
9:00am – 11:00am MT: Teaching Session
12:30pm – 2:30pm MT: Teaching Session
3:30pm – 4:15pm MT: Practice Session

Wednesday, June 30:
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Closing Session and Tsog (Ritual Feast) (This session must be attended live.)

Leaders

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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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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Ellen Booth Church
Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 30 years. She is a Buddhist teacher, meditation coach, former member on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, and an accomplished educator and author of many educational books and articles for parents and teachers. Formerly a professor of Education…
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Miranda Shaw
Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., Harvard University, is a Buddhist scholar known for her inspiring and groundbreaking work on women in Tantric Buddhism, chronicled in her renowned book Passionate Enlightenment, which has been translated into seven languages. She is also the author of Buddhist Goddesses of India, a thorough and fascinating historic…
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Tara Mandala offers solo and group practice, study, and retreat inspired by and anchored in authentic lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism, nurturing a complete path to ultimate realization as well as exploring the interface between Buddhist teachings and Western psychology … More »