Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $104.00 to $142.00 – GENEROSITY RANGE
  • $81.00 to $103.00 – SUSTAINABILITY RANGE
  • $62.00 to $80.00 – ACCESS RANGE

Date & Time Details: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | (8:00am-3:00pm Mountain Daylight Time)

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: $20 - $60

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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Zhitro Daylong Practice Intensive – ONLINE

With Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

September 30, 2023

A Tara Mandala Daylong Practice Intensive – Online

We invite you to join us for a day of community and deep practice as we connect with the simple and accessible practice of Zhitro. 

In our society we often lack practices specifically designed to help someone who has died as they embark on their transitional journey. The practice of Zhitro offers a real way for a practitioner to help the deceased. This daylong intensive is an invitation for anyone who has been doing this practice on their own to come and receive further support and deepening of these teachings. 

During this daylong intensive, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your familiarity with the visualizations and experiences that arise when doing this practice. 
  • Engage in group practice with the Zhitro sadhana, being able to ask questions that may help clarify and deepen your understanding of this practice.
  • Receive further teachings and engage in discussion as a group.

Who Should Attend?

  • This retreat is open to all practitioners who already know and have received teachings and transmission of this Zhitro practice. Please note that no preliminary instruction or transmission will be provided during this program.
  • If you have not already received these teachings, our Zhitro Self-Paced Program with Lama Tsultrim Allione is available for your self-directed study. Please see our Calendar for the next available oral transmission (Tib. lung). 

To prepare for this retreat, you will need:

  • You may either use your e-version of the practice text (available as a download in the Self-Paced Program) or you can purchase a printed version of the practice text from the Dakini Store once you have received the lung for this practice. 

Recording Access:
All participants will have a 1-year access period to the recordings. 

What is a Tara Mandala Online Program?

Tara Mandala offers online programming via live and pre-recorded curriculum that give you the opportunity to access dharma teachings, engage in guided practice, experience personal retreat and hands-on learning, while connecting with other participants through easy-to-use online platforms and an engaged community network. When needed, the program description and schedule will inform you in advance if and when a specific online session must be attended live if a direct transmission (Tib. lung) may be given. Access to recordings of all sessions will be available for additional viewing for one year. 

Tara Mandala Program Pricing


Choose an amount within this range if you have the financial security and capacity to support Tara Mandala at a higher level. The contributions we receive within this range make it possible for us to offer a below-cost Access Range to those practitioners with a limited income.

 This range is for you if you:

  • Own your own home and live comfortably without financial worry
  • Have investments and savings 
  • Easily have access to money in times of need or emergencies
  • Have the desire to help make the Dharma more accessible to others


Choose an amount within this range if you have the financial capacity to sustain Tara Mandala’s ability to offer high-quality programs. The contributions we gratefully receive within this range enable us to keep our prices low while covering the basic program costs. 

 This range is for you if you:

  • Have the capacity to meet your basic financial needs
  • Make your rent or mortgage and other monthly payments 
  • Are generally able to purchase new items and experiences for yourself
  • Can afford to take trips and go on retreats


Choose an amount within this range if you have limited financial capacity or are currently experiencing financial hardship. The contributions we gratefully receive within this range go toward covering costs and are supported by contributions of those who choose the Generosity Range.

 This range is for you if you:

  • Have difficulty meeting your basic financial needs 
  • Are experiencing housing, employment, or income instability
  • Live paycheck-to-paycheck and and lack money in times of need
  • Face challenges due to devaluation of your currency against the US dollar. 

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 offers two types of financial assistance: Deferred Payment Plans and Scholarships. You may apply for one or both of these types of assistance. Read the terms carefully as outlined on the financial aid application. Please see this page for further information.

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

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The live sessions of the program are listed below. All times are Mountain Daylight Time.
Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

Saturday, September 30, 2023:
8:00am – 9:00am: Opening Introduction & Practice Session
10:00am – 12:00pm: Dharma Talk and Discussion
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Closing Practice Session 


Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT
Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992.   She has a BA in music performance, a certificate in Music therapy, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and has been a licensed therapist in California and Nevada for 40 years. Feeding Your Demons®…
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Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970.731.3711 Web: taramandala.org

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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 »