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August 31 for Certification Track

Location: Online - Zoom

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Journey into the Mandala of the Sacred Masculine— Mandala Method Level II (online)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S., Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen, Chögé Lisa Erickson and Chögé Bridget Bailey

July 13 - August 31, 2024

The mandala is a template or blueprint of wholeness. It has a center and four directions. Associated with each direction is a color, an element, an obstructed pattern and a wisdom. It is a way to understand yourself and also your world.” – Lama Tsultrim Allione 

 

We invite you to join us for a 4-session journey through the Mandala of the Five Buddhas. This training offers a journey into the Mandala of the Five Buddhas practice developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione to bring emotional transformation into alignment with the spiritual path.

The Mandala of the Five Buddhas is for all students who long to cultivate and integrate the sacred and wise masculine within themselves. Buddhism sees the enlightened masculine as the capacity to act skillfully and with wise compassion. These are capacities that must be nurtured by all of us, regardless of our gender identity. The Jungian understanding of the psyche tells us that we all have both feminine and masculine energies moving within us, which he calls the anima and the animus. The work of healing and moving towards wholeness involves cultivating the wisdom aspects of both the feminine and masculine within us; otherwise, the hidden agenda of our anima or animus shadow can be destructive and self-sabotaging. 

With the Mandala Method, we offer a unique method to work with the anima in the Dakini Mandala, the animus in the Mandala of the Five Buddhas, and the union of the two in the Yab Yum Mandala. 

The Mandala of the Five Buddhas offers a practical method to awaken the enlightened masculine within by empowering us to bring into balance the mutually supportive inner feminine-masculine unity. It is this inner union that allows us to find strength and clarity within so that we may become “in-powered” and effective change agents in the world. The practice of the Mandala of the Five Buddhas brings together sound, visualization, and meditation, and provides an inner map and skillful means to help us transform challenging emotions into their liberated wisdom. 

In this 4-session program, students will be guided through an introduction to the sacred masculine, explore archetypes of the sacred masculine found internally and externally, receive introduction and transmission to practice the Mandala of the Five Buddhas (a daily meditation practice), explore the symbolism of the Buddha Mandala, and the connection to the skandhas. 

During this program you will experience transformation through the power of the mandala—a universal map of inner wholeness and embodiment. The mandala is a template of wholeness with a universal structure of the center and four directions, represented here by five families connected to elements, colors, seed syllables, emotions, psychological types, and wisdoms.

In this experiential program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the Mandala of the Five Buddhas, embodiments of sacred masculine and wisdom, a daily meditation practice
  • Explore the ‘Sacred Masculine’ within Vajrayana Buddhism and within one’s own personal life
  • Receive teachings on the symbolism within the Buddha Mandala including the mental obscurations/skandhas, the animal thrones, and the mudras associated with each buddha family in the mandala and what they represent
  • Build upon previous knowledge of the five buddha families to explore more deeply encumbered emotional patterns related to the masculine (internally and externally) and learn how to transform those patterns into the wisdom aspect of the particular family
  • Engage in enhancement practices including Guided Journey with the Buddha, Art through Mandala Work with your Hands, and more
  • Integrate with the five elements through specific meditation practices (outdoors if weather permits)
  • Further personal and dyad work relating to the Five Families.

Practices Included in this Program are:

  • Primary Practice:
    • The Mandala of the Five Buddhas, daily practice, the concise version
  • Enhancement Practices: 
    • Life Review for all five buddha families related to the masculine
    • Guided Journey with the Buddha
    • Mandala Work with Your Hands 
    • Element Meditations
    • Unblocking the Encumbered Energy (Sound and Light Practice)

This rich course is also Level II in the new Mandala Method Certification Program. This program guides individuals through deep work and practice with the mandala and certifies them to be able to use mandala work one-on-one with clients. For more information about the Mandala Method Certification Program, contact the Mandala Method coordinator through this Contact Form.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the enlightened masculine through mandala practice.
  • For Certification Track participants, the prerequisite for this retreat is Mandala Method Level I, Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis, or the self-paced version of the course, Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. This prerequisite is also recommended, but not required, for other participants.
  • Completion of this program fulfills the requirement for Magyu: The Mother Lineage practitioners. 
  • Anyone interested in becoming certified to use Mandala Work with clients and who hopes to complete the Mandala Method Certification Program. Completion of this program fulfills Mandala Method Level II requirements. For more information, email mandalamethod@taramandala.org

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Recording Access: 
All participants will have a 1-year access period to the recordings and course materials.

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.

Deferred Payment Plans and Financial Assistance
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.

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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PROGRAM SCHEDULE
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, July 13, 2024
9:00am – 3:00pm MDT
Session with Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer,  Chögé Bridget Bailey, and Chögé Lisa Erickson

Saturday, Jul 20, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm MDT
Session with Lama Tsultrim Allione, Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, Chögé Bridget Bailey, and Chögé Lisa Erickson

Saturday, August 3, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm MDT
Session with Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen, Chögé Bridget Bailey, and Chögé Lisa Erickson

Saturday, August 17, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm MDT
Session with Lopön Karla Jackson, Chögé Bridget Bailey, and Chögé Lisa Erickson

Weekly practice sessions
Practice Dates:
Fridays: July 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Mountain Daylight Time.
Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone

Certification Track ‘meet and greet’ 
Sunday July 14, 2024
10:00am – 11:00am MDT

FOR CERTIFICATION TRACK PARTICIPANTS
Certification Training Module 
Saturday, August 31, 2024 
9:00am – 3:00pm MDT
Certification Half Day for students seeking certification in the Mandala Method
Teachers in this session: Chögé Bridget Bailey and Chögé Lisa Erickson
Contact the Mandala Method coordinator through this Contact Form for more information.
Cost: $150*
*Please select the Certification Training Module add-on during registration to register for this session.

Teachers

Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is the bestselling author of Women of Wisdom (1984), Feeding Your Demons (2008), and Wisdom Rising Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (2018). Lama Tsultrim is the founder of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre retreat center with the three-story temple and library  dedicated to the divine…
Learn more about Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.
Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S. has been practicing Chöd for over three decades and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She has co-taught Chöd since 2013 with Lama Tsultrim and Löpon Chandra Easton. She continues to teach and lead Chöd Practices for the NYC Tara Mandala Sangha which she…
Learn more about Lopön Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.
Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen
Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with Lopön…
Learn more about Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen
Chögé Lisa Erickson
Lisa Erickson is a Chögé, meaning ‘virtuous teacher of dharma’, in Tara Mandala’s Teacher’s program. She is a certified Feeding Your Demons facilitator and teacher. She is a Kalyanamitra in Tara Mandala’s Magyu program, and part of the first group to complete Kapala V training within Magyu. She is coordinator…
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Chögé Bridget Bailey
Bridget Bailey’s training is rooted in 17 years of Buddhist meditation practice and study. She holds an MBA from Duke University, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is a licensed therapist in Washington State. She studied as an Apprentice Teacher with Lama Tsultrim…
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