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Date & Time Details:
Friday, June 14, 2024 - Sunday, June 16, 2024

Location: The Alembic

Address: 2820 Seventh St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Suggested Dana Range: $60 - $180
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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Ösel Nyingtig Cycle – Tröma Nagmo Empowerment and Explanation: The Path of Secret Primordial Wisdom (Retreat in California)

With Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje

June 14 - 16, 2024

Tara Mandala invites you to learn the profound practice for accomplishing Tröma Nagmo, the Black Wrathful Mother, known as “Secret Primordial Wisdom.” This practice was the first of many Ösel Nyingtig termas revealed at Tara Mandala on the full moon of December 2002, by A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche. Since its revelation, it has been practiced in secrecy by the original recipients. With the seal of secrecy being lifted by A.dzom Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione and Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje were requested to share this profound terma in the West.

According to Rinpoche’s wishes, participants of this retreat will receive from Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje the Tröma empowerment (Tib. wang), the oral transmission (Tib. lung), and the explanation (Tib. tri) for the practice of Tröma.

Who Can Attend?

  • This retreat is the gateway to the Tröma Nagmo Cycle of Ösel Nyingtig and is open to members of the Ösel Nyingtig program, anyone who has completed a ngöndro (preliminary practices), or has directly received this teaching from A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche. 
  • Please be advised that the registration capacity for this retreat is limited to 50 people and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis for members of the Ösel Nyingtig program. 


Retreat Location and Details
This retreat will take place at The Berkeley Alembic in Berkeley, CA. 

The Alembic
2820 Seventh St
Berkeley, CA 94710

PLEASE NOTE:  All registered participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging and meals. The listed tuition only includes the cost to attend the program. 

  • Registration for this program will close on Friday, June 7 at 10:00am (MDT)
  • On Friday, June 14 check-in and arrival will be from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (Pacific Time) at The Berkeley Alembic. 
  • We advise participants to plan their travel arrangements to arrive on the morning of Friday, June 14 at the latest. The Tröma empowerment (Tib. wang) ceremony will be offered only on the first day, on Friday June 14 in the afternoon. If you miss the empowerment, you will not be allowed to attend the rest of the retreat.
  • On the last day, June 16, we expect this retreat to end with Tsog by 3:00pm at the latest. Please make your travel arrangements to allow for departures after that time. 


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.

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

Payment Plans
Tara Mandala offers deferred payment plans as resources for anyone with financial limitations. For more information and to apply, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance Page. Please note that scholarships are not available for this retreat. 

Sustaining Sangha:
If you are currently a member of our Sustaining Sangha, you may apply your Retreat discount to this in-person retreat. To learn more about Sustaining Sangha membership, benefits, and discounts, click here

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Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje
Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje was born in Rome, Italy in 1980 to an Italian filmmaker, Costanzo Allione, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.  Since birth, he’s been immersed in the Dharma. There were often Tibetan Lamas at home and most vacations were spent at retreat centers with Lamas such as Lopön…
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