Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

Prices
  • $762.00 to $1,143.00 – Generosity Range
  • $572.00 to $761.00 – Sustainability Range
  • $381.00 to $571.00 – Access Range

Date & Time Details: Friday, March 1, 2024 (1:00pm-3:00pm); Saturday & Sunday, March 2-3, 2024 (10:00am-3:00pm) (Mountain Standard Time)

Location: Online- Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: Suggested dana range: $50 - $150

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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Unseen Beings: Being Buddhist in a More-than-Human World (online)

With Erik Jampa Andersson, MA

March 1 - 3, 2024

In this weekend intensive, Erik Jampa Andersson will guide participants through the vast and fascinating web of the more-than-human world. Throughout history, our relationships with non-human beings, both seen and unseen, have profoundly impacted what it means to be human. Animals, plants, fungi, pathogens, and ‘nature spirits’ all played important roles in traditional systems of ecological knowledge. But in our modern human-centered world, our unseeing of these beings has had catastrophic consequences. 

As human beings living in the 21st Century, we are faced with an unusual set of circumstances. Our ever-expanding power as geological agents has propelled us into profoundly dire circumstances. Our present epoch, the so-called ‘Anthropocene,’ has been largely motivated by all-too-familiar ‘poisons’ of pride, greed, jealousy, aversion, and ignorance. In this retreat, we will work to deconstruct our human-centeredness, and learn how to ground our lived experience in a more dynamic appreciation of the complex, vibrant, and enchanting world in which we live. We will explore what it means to live in Right Relationship with non-human beings and environments, both as citizens of the Earth and as Buddhist practitioners. 

Along with an introduction to his book, participants of this retreat will:

  • Work to deconstruct our human-centeredness and learn how to ground our lived experience in a more dynamic appreciation of the complex, vibrant, and enchanting world in which we live. 
  • Explore what it means to live in Right Relationship with non-human beings and environments, both as citizens of the Earth and as Buddhist practitioners. 
  • Receive an introduction to Erik Jampa’s book, Unseen Beings: How We Forgot the World is More Than Human.
  • Be guided through an array of poignant environmental teachings from the Buddhist tradition, including Tibetan visionaries, as well as acclaimed masters from Indian, Japanese, and Southeast Asian traditions. 
  • Look at how Buddhist thinkers applied Buddhist ethics and philosophies in their approaches to the ‘natural’ world, and how ‘nature spirit’ paradigms were used to negotiate the needs of myriad ‘others’ that they encountered in a complex living world. 
  • Discuss an array of practices and rituals, both traditional and modern, that can be engaged with by practitioners at any stage of their spiritual journey.

This retreat is an immersive introduction for students wishing to further explore these themes in a 8-week online program with Erik Jampa Anderrson that will be offered from June 5-July 24, 2024. Registration for that program can be found here.

Required Reading:
Unseen Beings: How We Forgot the World is More Than Human by Erik Jampa Andersson 

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 Program Pricing

GENEROSITY RANGE 
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

 

SUSTAINABILITY RANGE  
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

 

ACCESS RANGE  
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 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. 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.

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 Standard Time. Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

Friday, March 1, 2024
1:00pm-3:00pm MST-  Opening Gathering & Teaching Session

Saturday, March 2, 2024
10:00am-12:00pm MST- Teaching Session
1:00pm-3:00pm MST – Teaching Session

Sunday, March 3, 2024 
10:00am-12:00pm MST- Teaching Session
1:00pm-3:00pm MST – Closing Session

Teacher

Erik Jampa Andersson, MA
Erik Jampa Andersson, MA, is an Environmental Historian, author, and scholar-practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Medicine. He is a graduate of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine, where he received a comprehensive education in the Four Tantras (rGyud bZhi), and holds an MA in History from Goldsmiths College, University…
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PO Box 3040
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970.731.3711 Web: taramandala.org

Mission Statement

Tara Mandala offers solo and group practice, study, and retreat inspired by and anchored in authentic lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism, nurturing a complete path to ultimate realization as well as exploring the interface between Buddhist teachings and Western psychology … More »