Programs Overview

Discover and immerse in the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism with Tara Mandala, a vibrant international Buddhist community offering a complete path of meditation practice and study, uniquely weaving the ancient wisdom of Buddhism with transformative aspects of Western psychology.

Online Programs

You can select from an array of Online Programs that invite you to experience an at-home retreat via live and pre-recorded courses and curriculum that give you the opportunity to access dharma teachings, engage in guided practice, experience hands-on learning, and connect with other participants through easy-to-use online platforms.

 

Virtual Retreats are intensive retreats, teachings and workshops where you will receive live teachings, engage in guided practice, hands-on learning, and connect with other participants through live Zoom webcasts during consecutive days or daylong offerings.

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Online Courses provide teachings and guided practice through a combination of live Zoom webcasts and professionally filmed videos. There are weekly or bi-weekly video webcasts for a duration ranging from several weeks to several months. These courses include access to private discussion forums to interact with other participants.

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Feeding Your Demons® is an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illnesses, and self-defeating patterns. It was distilled by Lama Tsultrim Allione from the teachings and practice of the 11th-century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. Feeding Your Demons® has benefited thousands worldwide, with practitioners from every walk of life on five continents. The work transcends spiritual constructs, serving as a meaningful tool for anybody, regardless of religious affiliation or personal philosophy.

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Self-Paced Courses & Teachings are composed of professionally filmed videos that you can watch at your own pace. These courses include access to private discussion forums to interact with other participants. These courses may require attending a live oral transmission (Tib. lung) in order to engage in the practices taught. Lung transmissions are offered periodically throughout the year.

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Digital Downloads are recorded videos and audios that are stand-alone offerings and you can download and watch at your own pace. A select number of these recordings may require having attended a live oral transmission (lung) and have received instructions in order to engage in the practices taught.

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Programs in Colorado

If you are interested in learning how to practice meditation, study the Dharma, receive precious teachings, and incorporate self-awareness and compassion into daily life, our retreat center in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado offers you that space for refuge, renewal, and retreat. Whether in a daylong event, an open house, a multi-day residential retreat or a solo retreat experience, you have many opportunities to deepen your personal mindfulness practice.

 

You can partake in one of our multi-day residential group retreats, accessing a caring group container to undertake intensive meditation and the deepening of Buddhist practice and study. The mindfulness and meditation practices taught are often accompanied and complemented by training in methods to effectively guide and empower your capacity to become a role model in the world. Silence is often held during part or all of the retreat. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop.

Residential Retreats

 

Throughout the year, you can access a rare and precious opportunity to experience the solo retreat experience needed to develop and deepen spiritual insight in a secluded and remote mountain setting where the community ensures your personal retreat unfolds in a safe and comfortable environment.

Personal Solitary Retreats

 

During specific times in the year, you can immerse yourself with and experience living with the Tara Mandala residential community centered on daily Buddhist Vajrayana practice and study. This retreat-like experience can allow you to set down the concerns of worldly life and direct your energy towards intensive study and practice of dharma. 

Practitioner in Residence (PIR) Program

 

If you are passionate about living, learning and serving in a community dedicated to the Dharma we invite you to the Living Dharma Program (LDP), an unparalleled opportunity to immerse in Buddhist history, philosophy, and practice while living at Tara Mandala Retreat Center, in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado

Living Dharma Program

Long-Term Study Pathways

Tara Mandala has immersive long-term training paths that invite you to develop a daily meditation practice and move through a series of Vajrayana Buddhist practices to deepen insight and self-awareness. You can also receive comprehensive training to integrate unique psychotherapeutic methods distilled from Buddhist practice and developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione.

 

Feeding Your Demons® is an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, fears, illnesses, and self-defeating patterns. It was distilled by Lama Tsultrim Allione from the teachings and practice of the 11th-century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. Feeding Your Demons® has benefited thousands worldwide, with practitioners from every walk of life on five continents. The work transcends spiritual constructs, serving as a meaningful tool for anybody, regardless of religious affiliation or personal philosophy.

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The Magyu Program is an invaluable opportunity to cultivate spiritual and emotional awakening, integrating ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices with modern teachings. The psycho-spiritual integration work in this path inherently distinguishes it from other traditional Buddhist paths. The Magyu Program is a path of personal development and individuation, as well as a path of spiritual evolution leading to the stabilization of the recognition of the ground of being and its display.

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The terma cycle on the Luminous Heart Essence of the Great Perfection, the Ösel Dzogpa Chenpo Nyingtig, is the very enlightened intent of the Buddhas of the three times. This treasure carries incredible blessings for swiftly traversing the path to enlightenment. This extraordinary cycle connects us not only with the luminous presence of Guru Rinpoche, but also with Yeshe Tsogyal. The Ösel Nyingtig is a multi-year program if you are a dedicated practitioner that is looking for a profound and direct path to realization based on the three-fold secret of the Great Mother.

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Established by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Allione, the focus of the Gateway Program is the Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self Liberation of Clinging) terma cycle of teaching that Machig Labdrön and Padampa Sangye revealed to Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (1800-1866). It is an extremely unique lineage as it combines the teachings of Machig Labdrön with Dzogchen (Great Perfection) teachings. If you are a dedicated practitioner who cannot do long-term retreat but who wishes to live a life imbued with intense practice, this is a program for you. The curriculum consists of all the practices done in the traditional Vajrayana three-year solitary retreat but is adapted for the modern practitioner living in the world.

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The Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Program offers an exploration of the ancient Buddhist template of the mandala as it applies to our inner path of transformation and our outer experience in the world. As a sacred geography, the mandala creates the framework to move from fragmentation to wholeness. In the Mandala Training, you will learn a contemporary application of the mandala practice and principles. You will learn about each of the five buddha families, and explore experientially the divine feminine, masculine, and union of both feminine and masculine aspects of our psyche.

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Trips and Pilgrimages

Traditionally pilgrimage is an important way to gain merit, purify karma, and deepen practice due to the blessings of sacred places and challenges of the trip. If you are a Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner hoping to integrate the experience of a pilgrimage with a group into your path, Tara Mandala offers this opportunity in select years to various sacred locations around the globe.

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