Requirements

Magyu Path Requirements

The Magyu (Mother Lineage) Program is a life path, not something you do for a certificate like in a training program of some sort. It is meant to bring you to awakening and that takes a long time, much more time than is in the Magyu Program listed here. The Magyu Program is a container and a path on which you progress toward your own awakening.

Before applying to the Magyu Program we ask that you attend at least one in-person retreat (a weekend program or longer, at Tara Mandala or elsewhere) or an online program taught by Lama Tsultrim Allione or one of Tara Mandala’s Senior Teachers.

Requirements

  • Completion of All Kapala Training Levels (KT1 – KT5)
    • Please note that Kapala Training Level I & II (onsite) correspond closely with the Buddhist Track of FYD Online Level I & Level II and could, therefore, be taken interchangeably, provided the required assignments have been completed (as outlined below). Both online and onsite paths qualify as Magyu Path requirements.
  • Completion of Foundations Online Course or Three Yana Retreats:
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  • Completion of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (CNNR) Chöd Retreat and 108 Chod sessions. (This is a prerequisite for Dentog Chigma Chod and KT4)
  • Completion of Zhitro (Namchö Mingyur Dorje) Retreat. (This is a prerequisite for KT5)
  • Completion of P’howa Retreat at Tara Mandala or through Tara Mandala associated Lamas. (This is a prerequisite for KT5)
  • Completion of The Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha) Retreat (Formerly called Dakini Retreat)
    • A Mind Terma of Ayu Khandro. (You must complete 170 hours of mantra recitation after attending the retreat and before KT4).
    • Knowledge of the Five Buddha/Dakini Mandala families is suggested but not a required prerequisite for this retreat. This suggestion can be fulfilled by attending the Wisdom Rising Mandala Training retreats, Wisdom Rising Online Course or reading Wisdom Rising.
  • Completion of Green Tara Retreat or Green Tara Online Program. This Green Tara practice is from the Luminous Secret Vajra Treasury, a treasure cycle of Adzom Drukpa. (It may be taken anytime while in Magyu)
  • Completion of Three-Week Solo Green Tara Retreat (170 hours of mantra recitation).
    • Preferably without break (in a single period of time). Retreat may be broken up in 1, 2, or 3 week sections under special circumstances, i.e. parent of a young child. (It may be done anytime while in Magyu)
  • Completion of the White Tara Retreat. 
    • This White Tara practice is from Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo as taught by Lama Pema Dorje.You must complete 170 hours of mantra recitation after attending the retreat. (This retreat can be taken anytime while in Magyu)
  • Completion of Dentog Chigma Chöd Retreat from Machig Labdrön. This is a prerequisite for KT4. Prerequisites for Dentog Chigma Chöd retreat:
    • Completion of all Three Yana Retreats and associated practice requirements.
    • Completion of all the 45 hours of the Dakini Mandala Practice with the transformational work. You must do at least 30 days of daily practice of the Mandala of the Five Dakinis to prepare you for the Dentog Chigma practice. See Mandala and Other Required Practices for complete details on practice requirements.
    • Completion of the Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (CNNR) Chöd retreat. And, you must do 108 CNNR Chöd practice sessions, and be able to play the bell and drum well before attending Dentog Chigma Chöd retreat.
  • Completion of one month long Solo Dentog Chigma Chöd Retreat at Tara Mandala (or another retreat center, not at home) ending with a fire puja (we will help you do fire puja) 
    • Preferably without break (in a single period of time). Retreat may be broken up in 2 or 4 (one week) sections under special circumstances, i.e. parent of a young child, or have a job that cannot be left for so long.
    • Fire puja can be completed during Kapala IV Training or before if you have learned how to do it.
  • Completion of Chöd Dulzhug Pigrimage: 
    • Go for 108 days to different charnel grounds (including battle ground sites, concentration camps, prisoner or war camps, cemeteries, places like Ground Zero, springs or lakes), 4 sessions of Chöd a day. Any one of these following Chöds may be practiced on this pilgrimage:
      • Magyu required Chöds: CNNR Chöd.
      • Or non-Magyu required Chöds: Parchangma Chöd, Dudjom Tesar Chöd, Tsog Ley Rinchen Trengwa Chöd, or Jigme Lingpa’s Khandro Kejang Chöd.

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The Order

  • It is recommended to do the Three Yana Retreats as early on in the program as possible because it will give you a good foundation for all the Magyu practices you will learn throughout the course of the program.
  • Other retreats can be done at any time in the program unless otherwise stated, as some are prerequisites for specific Kapala Trainings or other required retreats. Similarly, Magyu practices can be done as you like except when there is a prescribed order like in the Kapala Trainings and Mandala work. For example, you could do Kapala Training Levels I and II, and then start the Mandala practices. You could then return to Kapala Training Level III or do another practice such as Green Tara, White Tara, The Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha), or the CNNR Chöd. Once you’ve done Kapala Training Level III and all required practices, you could then do Kapala Training Level IV and then go on to Kapala Training Level V.

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Keeping Records of Practices & Retreats Completed

Please keep a record of the practices you have done for your own records. Check in regularly with your Kalyanamitra and if you need help being consistent with your practices, ask them for guidance and support in setting realistic and clear goals for yourself. Also, keep track of all the retreats you do online through Tara Mandala or elsewhere with a Tara Mandala Senior Teacher. Tara Mandala only keeps track of retreats you do in person at Tara Mandala.

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Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Retreats

 

Overview

The Mandala Training Program is situated within the Magyu Lineage as a focused training to deepen and develop the mandala work; however it may also be practiced independently. For those in Magyu, these trainings can be taken anytime as an enhancement to your practice of the Mandala work.

Mandala Practice Requirements

The Mandala practices may be done once the Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Retreats connected to each Mandala practice have been completed or if you receive transmission of these practices in another setting or during a Vajrayana Retreat. There are 50 practice sessions per Mandala practice; 10 sessions with each of the five families.

We suggest to begin with Mandala of the Five Dakinis: 

Approximately 1.5 hours practice – one hour of the Mandala of the Five Dakinis practice followed sequentially by thirty minutes (or more) of transformational personal work related to each family of the five dakinis.

This transformational personal work consists of working with Buddha, Vajra, Ratna, Padma, and Karma families and their encumbered patterns either with

  1. Feeding Your Demons®,
  2. Feeding Your Demons® with Art (drawing, painting, or clay),
  3. Guided Journey with the Dakini (formerly “Meeting the Dakini”), or
  4. Mandala Work with Your Hands.

Please note: practice duration times are meant to be approximations, not hard and fast rules. 

Mandala Practice Requirements in Summary:

  •  45 hours of Mandala of the Five Dakinis
    • 10, 1.5-hour sessions with each family (5 families total)
  • 45 hours of Five Buddha Mandala
    • 10, 1.5-hour sessions with each family (5 families total)
  • 45 hours of Yab Yum Mandala
    • 10, 1.5-hour sessions with each family (5 families total)

 

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