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  • $254.00 to $381.00 – Generosity Range
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  • $30.00 – $30 For Your First Program (First-time participants only - welcome*)

Date & Time Details:
Saturday, April 6, 2023
9:00am-3:30pm (MDT)

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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Taking and Waking: Developing Compassion and Wakefulness (online)

With Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

April 6, 2024

Taking and Waking is a practice that came to Lama Tsultrim Allione spontaneously in retreat. She incorporated this simple, yet transformative practice into her daily life and realized its profound and essential quality. Since then, this practice has become a part of the Magyu: The Mother Lineage Path

Taking and Waking is similar to the practice of Tonglen: taking and giving. In the practice of Tonglen, we take on the suffering of others as we breathe in and give loving kindness and compassion as we breathe out. In Taking and Waking, a practice of absolute Bodhicitta, as we breathe in, we remove the emotional and cognitive veils which are the real cause of suffering and return sentient beings to the union with the ground of being which is ineffable and unfabricated. As we breathe out, this recognition is stabilized.  

In this daylong retreat, students will first explore the practice of Tonglen and its basis in aspirational Bodhicitta. Students will then learn the Taking and Waking practice. These practices provide skillful methods practitioners can turn to in a myriad of situations and challenges. They can be offered to support loved ones, worldwide tragedies, and all beings experiencing suffering.

Who Should Attend? 

  • This program is open to everyone.
  • Members of the Magyu program are encouraged to attend as an opportunity to refresh their understanding and connection to 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, April 6, 2024:
9:00am – 11:30am MDT: Opening Session
1:00pm – 3:30pm MDT: Teachings & 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 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.

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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 »