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Date & Time Details: Saturday, February 10, 2024 | 9:00am-3:00pm (MST)

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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Play of Words: The Practice of Right Speech (online)

With Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

February 10, 2024

Remember the children’s verse: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…”? Upon further reflection, the sting of words may last far longer than a broken bone. 

In his very first teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha discussed Right Speech as one of the eight key elements of the spiritual path.

In Tantric Buddhism, the power of sacred speech is practiced through mantra – sounds that emanate wisdom, clarity, and healing. 

In our contemporary lives, speech takes the form of spoken words, text messages, social media. Our words can cultivate connection and creativity, but when used unskillfully, can be harmful.

In this day-long contemplative retreat, we will draw on traditional teachings and practices to explore our relationship to speech. Together, we will examine:

  • How can we bring mindfulness and clarity to our words?
  • How can we evoke the power of sound to speak compassion and wholeness into reality? 
  • How might we play with words – and silence – as a form of spiritual practice? 

We invite you to come and explore with Dorje Lopön Charlotte the practical ways in which Buddhist teachings can help us cultivate Right Speech.

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

Saturday, February 10, 2024:
9:00am-11:00am MST: Opening Session
1:00pm – 3:00pm MST: Closing Session

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

$30 For Your First Program
*Will this be your first online program at Tara Mandala? If so, we are offering a special introductory rate of $30 in honor of our 30th Anniversary! Please note that this price level is not eligible for scholarships, deferred payment plans or any other discounts.

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

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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. Please note that the $30 for Your First Program price level is not eligible for scholarships, deferred payment plans or any other discounts.

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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Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Dorje 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…
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