Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $521.00 – Tier 1 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 30 days from the end of the retreat)
  • $572.00 – Tier 2 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 1 year from the end of the retreat)
  • $268.00 – Access Level (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 7 days from the end of the retreat)

Date & Time Details: June 4-June 8, 2022

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: $100-$300

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

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Dentog Chigma Chöd: The Method for Accomplishment on One Seat – VIRTUAL RETREAT

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 4 - 8, 2022

The profound practice of Dentog Chigma, “liberation on one seat,” combines the melodic and rhythmic aspects of traditional Chöd with the visualization and mantra recitation of Tibetan Buddhist deity practice. The practitioner engages with various forms of Machig Labdrön – including a wrathful emanation – through purification, receiving blessings, radiant compassion, and ultimately the awareness of our inseparability from the ground of being. As such, it is an incredibly dynamic and transformative practice. It is the main sadhana practice within the Rinchen Trengwa, “Precious Garland,” the collection of practices in Machig’s kama (oral) lineage compiled in the 14th century by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and Karma Chakme. This specific practice was transmitted by Lama Tsering Wangdu; it is “at the absolute core of Machig’s lineage” according to Lama Tsultrim Allione.
In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:
  • Receive the transmission required to do the Dentog Chigma Chöd practice.
  • Learn how to do this sadhana practice.

Who should attend? 

  • This retreat is open to all. However, we highly recommend to have previous experience with any Chöd practice (ideally with Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche Chöd). We particularly encourage having prior experience with knowing how to play a Chöd drum.
  • This is a required retreat for the Magyu Mother Lineage Program.
What to Bring?
  • Participants will need to have a Chöd drum and bell, which can be purchased through the Tara Mandala online store.
  • It is highly encouraged to have a Kangling as well.

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 is working to expand opportunities for access to Buddhist teachings and practices while offering an equity-informed fee structure when possible. With our new tiered pricing, we strive to make the Dharma more accessible to all while furthering the important conversations that must happen around current structures that inhibit equal access to underprivileged communities. We encourage you to select the registration tier at the highest level within your capacity to assist Tara Mandala in covering the costs of offering these wonderful teachings while also benefiting from access to the recordings of the teachings post-retreat. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!

$521 – Tier 1 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 30 days from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers the basic costs for this retreat and allows Tara Mandala to maintain sustainability.

$572 – Tier 2 (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 1 year from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level covers the program costs for this retreat and provides additional support for the year-round work of Tara Mandala.

$268 – Access Level (includes access to recordings of all sessions for up to 7 days from the end of the retreat)
Registration at this level is offered 35% below the cost of holding this retreat to assist participants with financial limitations and encourage the exploration and practice of dharma.

Choosing the Tier 1 or Tier 2 levels allows Tara Mandala to continue to make dharma teachings accessible and inclusive while also allowing its year-round operations to continue and expand while being a repository for wisdom literature, a center for translation, a beacon for the feminine in Buddhism. Tara Mandala is an  active dharma organization and retreat center that provides refuge for deep practice and transformation. There are many ways to support and engage with Tara Mandala’s worldwide 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. 

Payment Plans and Financial Assistance

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

Sustaining Sangha:
If you are currently a member of our Sustaining Sangha, you may apply your retreat discount to this program.

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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.

June 4, 2022
10:30am – 12:30pm: Teachings
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Teachings
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Practice

June 5 – June 7, 2022
9:00am – 9:45am: Practice
10:30am – 12:30pm: Teachings
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Teachings
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Practice

June 8, 2022
10:00am – 12:00pm: Closing Session and Tsog (Ritual Feast)

Leaders

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…
Learn more about Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Pieter Oosthuizen
Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher 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 Lopön Charlotte…
Learn more about Pieter Oosthuizen

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Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970.731.3711 Web: taramandala.org

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