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  • $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, January 20, 2024 | 10:00-11:30 MST

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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Darkness: The Landscape of Transformation – A Dharma Talk (online)

With Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

January 20, 2024

“What if we chose to go deeper into darkness instead of running from it? What might we find there beyond our longing for light?”
Zenju Osho Earthlyn Manuel (Opening to Darkness, 2023)

Tara Mandala invites you to a special dharma talk with visionary teacher and acclaimed author, Zenju Osho Earthlyn Manuel as she weaves together ancient wisdom found in Zen Buddhism, African, and Native American indigenous traditions. In this intimate session, Zenju Osho will explore the ways in which darkness, as a cosmic landscape for transformation, can influence our awakening within the Buddhist path and daily life.

This talk will be offered via the Zoom platform. It will take place on Saturday, January 20 2024 from 10:00am – 11:30am MST. Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

For students wishing to continue further, Zenju Osho and ordained students in her lineage will hold a 5-week book study and dialogue on Opening To Darkness: Eight Gateways for Being with the Absence of Light in Unsettling Times from February 10-March 9, 2024. This offering is free of charge and open to all. Registration for the book study is available here.

Who Should Attend?
This program is open to everyone.

Suggested Reading:
Opening to Darkness: Eight Gateways for Being with the Absence of Light in Unsettling Times by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel 

Additional Books by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Please visit our Dakini Store to become further acquainted with Zenju Osho’s writings: The Shamanic Bones of Zen, The Deepest Peace, Sanctuary and The Way of Tenderness.   

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-ue 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. 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

Click Here for Our Online Programs Cancellation and Refund Policy


Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, born to parents who migrated from rural Louisiana at the start of WWII, has walked through many different doors spiritually and academically. She was ordained in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She has a PhD and she’s also a poet and author. Essentially, she’s a Seer in…
Learn more about Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

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