Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $209.00 to $283.00 – GENEROSITY RANGE
  • $163.00 to $208.00 – SUSTAINABILITY RANGE
  • $123.00 to $162.00 – ACCESS RANGE

Date & Time Details: Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21, 2023

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: $40 - $120

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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Taming the Mind: Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation — ONLINE

With Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje

May 20 - 21, 2023

On a daily basis, our minds run wild and fall victim to afflictive emotions like suffering, depression, laziness, and distractions. At the heart of the Buddhist path, training the mind is essential. The practice of Shamatha (Calm Abiding) meditation puts special emphasis on developing one-pointed concentration as a means for developing a calm and focused mind. Shamatha is the essential practice to tame our unruly minds, so that we can bring adversity and joy into our path of awakening.

During this weekend program you will:

  • Learn Shamatha meditation by becoming familiar with one-pointed concentration techniques that use both mindfulness of breathing, as well as concentration on a meditative object and on no object (awareness of awareness).
  • Immerse yourself in the practice of Shamatha in a supportive group environment as well as on your own to gradually bring your mind to a state that can enable the tapping of your highest potential in your spiritual practice and daily life. 
  • Learn and discuss how to integrate shamatha meditation practice into daily life. 

Who Should Attend?
This program is open to everyone.

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, May 20:
9:30am-11:30am MDT: Opening Teaching Session
1:30pm – 2:15pm MDT: Practice Session
3:00pm – 5:00pm MDT: Teaching Session

Sunday, May 21:
8:00am – 8:55am MDT: Practice with Tara Mandala Community
9:30am – 11:30am MDT: Teaching Session
1:30pm – 2:15pm MDT: Practice Session
3:00pm – 5:00pm MDT: Closing Session


Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje
Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje was born in Rome, Italy in 1980 to an Italian filmmaker, Costanzo Allione, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.  Since birth, he’s been immersed in the Dharma. There were often Tibetan Lamas at home and most vacations were spent at retreat centers with Lamas such as Lopön…
Learn more about Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje

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PO Box 3040
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970.731.3711 Web: taramandala.org

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