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Date & Time Details:
Friday, September 27, 2024 - Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Address: 4000 Burns Canyon Rd (USFS Rd 649) Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

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Required Program Fees:
Generosity Rate - $528
Sustainability Rate - $411
Access Rate - $293

Suggested Dana Range: $120-$360
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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Liberation in One Seat (Dentog Chigma Chöd) (Retreat in Colorado)

With Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen

September 27 - October 2, 2024

We invite you to join us at Tara Mandala in Colorado for a profound opportunity to learn the liberating practice of Dentog Chigma Chöd with Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen.

The dynamic and transformative practice of Dentog Chigma, “liberation on one seat,” combines the melodic and rhythmic aspects of traditional Chöd with the visualization and mantra recitation of Tibetan Buddhist deity practice. The practitioner engages with various forms of Machig Labdrön – including a wrathful emanation – through purification, receiving blessings, radiant compassion, and ultimately the awareness of our inseparability from the ground of being. As such, it is an incredibly dynamic and transformative practice. 

Dentog Chigma Chöd is the main sadhana practice within the Rinchen Trengwa, “Precious Garland,” the collection of practices in Machig’s kama (Tib. oral) lineage compiled in the 14th century by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and Karma Chakme. 

This specific practice was transmitted by Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche, and according to Lama Tsultrim Allione, it is “at the absolute core of Machig’s lineage.”

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive the reading transmission (Tib. lung) and teachings required to do the Dentog Chigma Chöd practice.  
  • Learn how to do this sadhana practice.


Who should attend? 

  • This retreat is open to all. However, we highly recommend that you have previous experience with any Chöd practice (ideally with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Chöd). We particularly encourage having prior experience with knowing how to play a Chöd drum.
  • This is a required retreat for the Magyu: The Mother Lineage Program.


What to Bring?
Participants will need to have a Chöd drum and bell, which can be purchased through the Tara Mandala online store.

Registration for this retreat will close on Tuesday, September 24, 2024 at 10:00am (MDT). 

To prepare for your visit, we invite you to read our information on Tara Mandala’s Health & Safety Protocols for In-Person Retreats.

Tara Mandala Pricing Guidelines
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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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Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Dorje Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism since the mid 1990’s, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006. She received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016, and Dorje Lopön, Vajra Teacher,…
Learn more about Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
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

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PO Box 3040
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