Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $254.00 to $381.00 – Generosity Range
  • $191.00 to $253.00 – Sustainability Range
  • $127.00 to $190.00 – Access Range

Date & Time Details:
Saturday, September 21, 2024
8:00am - 3:00pm (MDT)

Location: Online - Zoom

Scholarships & Financial Assistance:
Learn more about available financial assistance options and apply for a scholarship here.

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 21, 2024

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

In our modern-day society, we lack traditions and rituals specifically designed to help someone who has died as they embark on their transitional journey. The practice of Zhitro offers an accessible and real way for a practitioner to help the deceased. This daylong intensive is an invitation for Zhitro practitioners to come together, receive further support, and more advanced 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, with the opportunity to ask clarifying questions to deepen your understanding of this practice.
  • Receive detailed teachings and engage in discussion as a group.

Who Should Attend? 

  • This program is open to all practitioners who already know and have received the Zhitro transmission and teachings. Therefore no introductory instruction will be provided during this daylong practice intensive.
  • 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. 

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 21, 2024:
8:00am – 9:00am: Opening Introduction & Practice Session
10:00am – 12:00pm: Dharma Talk and Discussion
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Closing Practice Session

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 Pricing Guidelines
As we work to become an equitable, diverse and inclusive community, our pricing guidelines are intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of resources that contribute to our access to precious dharma teachings. While we do ask you to look inward, please know there is no right or wrong answer. We encourage you to select the range/rate appropriate to your circumstances. To learn more about Tara Mandala’s pricing guidelines for Online Programs, In-Person Retreats, and Special Promotions, please visit this page

Installment Payment Plan Option at Registration
During registration, students can either pay the program fee in full or select the Installment Payment option. If choosing the installment payment option, students will pay a 50% deposit upon registering and subsequent equal payments will be processed automatically every two-weeks. The final balance is due 14 days before the start of the program.

Deferred 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.

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 program. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.

Sustaining Sangha:
If you are currently a member of our Sustaining Sangha, you may apply your Online Program discount to this course. To learn more about Sustaining Sangha membership, benefits, and discounts, click here

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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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PO Box 3040
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 »