Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $244.00 – Tier 1
  • $293.00 – Tier 2
  • $195.00 – Access Level

Date & Time Details: Friday, October 14, 2022- Sunday, October 16, 2022

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: $60-$180

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

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Being with Darkness and Death as a Source of Power – VIRTUAL RETREAT

With Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

October 14 - 16, 2022

Join Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel for a retreat to explore what appears as darkness in our lives and in the world. We are experiencing increasing death during the 21st century due to climate change, pandemics, and acts of hatred. In this retreat, we will look at the darkness and death and the source of power within both and location of celebration. 

While we each attend to dark experiences in our own ways, there is a larger meta power at work in which death and darkness can be understood as transformative and ascendant. Osho Zenju’s teachings will center on understanding death in the realm of essential darkness and looking at female deities of darkness and death.  She will share practices she developed to help in times of loss.

We will sit in meditation, examine poetry, verse, and stories created around death. The hope is to open to dark experiences in life as a path in which to strengthen and awaken. 

Books by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel 

Please visit our Dakini Store to become further acquainted with Zenju Osho’s writings:  The Shamanic Bones of Zen, The Deepest Peace, Sanctuary and The Way of Tenderness.

Who Should Attend? 

  • Open to all.

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.


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!

$244 – 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.

$293 – 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.

$195 – 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 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.

Click Here for Our Cancellation and Refund Policy

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.

Friday, October 14:
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Opening Session
2:00pm – 4:00pm MT: Teachings
5:00pm – 5:45pm MT: Practice

Saturday, October 15:
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Teachings 
2:00pm – 4:00pm MT: Teachings
5:00pm – 5:45pm MT: Practice

Sunday, October 16:
10:00am – 12:00pm MT: Transmissions and closing


Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, born to parents who migrated from rural Louisiana at the start of WWII, has walked through many different doors spiritually and academically. She was ordained in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She has a PhD and she’s also a poet and author. Essentially, she’s a Seer in…
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