Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $60.00 to $91.00 – Generosity Range
  • $45.00 to $59.00 – Sustainability Range
  • $30.00 to $44.00 – Access Range

Date & Time Details:
Saturday, March 30, 2024
10:00am-12:00pm (MDT)

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range : $10 - $30
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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The Seven Day Severance Retreat Experiential Guide: An Introduction (online)

With Lama Sarah Harding

March 30, 2024

Tara Mandala invites you to a special dharma discussion with Lama Sarah Harding,  where she’ll introduce her new translation of The Seven Day Retreat Experiential Guide, the second in Jamyang Gönpo’s trilogy on Chöd, which follows his Big General Guide to Severance, the earliest known commentary on Chöd. 

This newly translated work is a very brief guide (Tib. “tri”) with instructions for each morning and afternoon of a week-long retreat, which will take place at Tara Mandala in September 2024 (learn more about that retreat here). This online event provides an opportunity for dharma practitioners to find out about that retreat and also ask any questions.

Jamyang Gönpo was the direct student of Machig Labdron’s oldest son, Gyalwa Döndrup.  He was an important figure in the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. The majority of his known surviving works belong to the Chöd lineage. 

This dharma discussion will be offered via the Zoom platform on Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 10:00am-12:00pm MDT. Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

Christina Monson Memorial Lecture Series

On November 19, 2023, the great yogini and Tibetan translator Christina Monson (Sangye Gyalmo) integrated her consciousness into the Dharmakaya resting in tugdam (meditation) for three days amidst rainbow displays at the time of her passing and her cremation on November 22. She spent thirty years  in the high Himalayas and Kathmandu Valley.  She dedicated her life to practicing and translating the Dharma under the guidance of her root guru Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche who entrusted her with the lineage and translation of the termas and other writings of Dekyong Wangmo Sera Khandro. 

Upon learning of her passing, Lama Tsultrim Allione reflected that so often very intelligent articulate women spend their lives in the role of translator, which is a very important role, yet in reality they are also incredibly dedicated practitioners, with their own research, experience and knowledge.  We often don’t hear them teach or express their particular interests directly

Before she passed away Lama Tsultrim spoke to Christina about creating a legacy project in her memory and she replied, ”That would mean the world to me.” 

In honor of Christina and translators like her, Lama Tsultrim decided to create a memorial lecture series for women translators in the Tibetan tradition to speak about whatever inspires and interests them the most. During 2024, the Christina Monson Memorial Lecture Series has invited:

Lama Sarah Harding (Saturday, March 30, 2024) Register Here
Sangye Khandro (Saturday, April 27, 2024) Register Here
Amelia Hall – Registration Opening Soon
Miranda Shaw – Registration Opening Soon

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 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

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

Payment Plans and Financial Assistance
Tara Mandala offers two types of financial assistance: Deferred Payment Plans and Scholarships. Please note that scholarships are not available for Virtual Dharma Talks. Please see this page for further information. 

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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Lama Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1974, and has been teaching and translating since completing a three-year retreat in 1980 under the guidance of Kyabjé Kalu Rinpoché. She was associate professor at Naropa University for twenty-five years in Boulder, Colorado, where she currently resides, and has been…
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