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Mandala Training Program

Wisdom Rising

Mandala Training Program
The Path of Transformation

Overview

The Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Program offers an exploration into 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 Trainings, you will learn a contemporary application of the mandala practice and principles, including how to transform encumbered emotional patterns, such as ignorance, anger, and craving, into wisdom through meditation, sound, art, movement, and the five elements. You will learn about the Five Buddha Families–Vajra, Ratna, Padma, Buddha, and Karma–and will also have an opportunity to focus on each of these Families in-depth during each retreat. This is an experiential program exploring the divine feminine, masculine, and union of both feminine and masculine aspects of our psyche.

Although the practices shared in these trainings are based in Tibetan Buddhism, they are accessible to people of any faith or gender identity. For those interested in mindfulness, this work offers a path to a deeper and more embodied spiritual practice. For those long immersed in Buddhism, it provides rich, new insights into familiar concepts.

The Mandala Training Program is situated within the broader Magyu Lineage as a focused training to deepen and develop the mandala work; however it may also be practiced independently.

There are three levels of the Mandala Training. At each level there will be assignments and prerequisites in order to move to the next level. The Mandala Trainings must be done sequentially.

The Three Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Levels:

 

Wisdom Rising: Mandala Training Level 1

Meeting the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

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Wisdom Rising: Mandala Training Level 2

Meeting the Mandala of the Five Male Buddhas

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Wisdom Rising: Mandala Training Level 3

Meeting the Yab-Yum Mandala

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Overview of the Wisdom Rising Mandala Trainings

Wisdom Rising: Mandala Training Level 1

Meeting the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

For everyone.

Experience transformation through the power of the mandala—a universal map for inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. This training offers a journey into the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis, developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione to bring emotional transformation into alignment with the spiritual path. A template of wholeness, the mandala has as its basic structure the center and four directions, represented by five families of elements, colors, seed syllables, emotions, psychological types, and wisdoms.

The Wisdom Dakinis are female deities in Tantric Buddhism who embody profound wisdom and the empowered feminine. Lama Tsultrim Allione writes, “They are luminous, subtle spiritual energy, the gatekeepers and the guardians of the unconditioned wisdom and sacred earth.” In Tibetan art, they are depicted as naked, except for ornaments, dancing, wild and powerful.

In this experiential retreat, you will have the opportunity to focus on one of the Five Dakini Families to explore more deeply your encumbered patterns and how to transform those patterns into the wisdom of that particular family.

This meditation retreat includes

  • The Mandala of Five Dakinis, female embodiments of wisdom, a daily meditation practice you may continue at home
  • Three enhancement methods:
    • The 5-step practice of Feeding Your Demons® with the emotion of the chosen family
    • Guided Journey with the Dakini of the chosen family
    • Art through Mandala Work with your Hands
  • Integration with the elements through meditation (outdoors if weather permits)
  • Further personal and dyad work relating to the Five Families
  • Embodiment through movement inspired by the mandala principle

The Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis offers you a practical method of finding strength and clarity within while empowering you to become an effective change agent in the world. Return home rejuvenated, with the guidance you need to activate all aspects of your being, from your body to your creative life and spiritual realization.

Note: This is the first step in the three Mandala Training Levels. There are no prerequisites for this retreat.

Recommended reading: Wisdom Rising; Feeding Your Demons; and Women of Wisdom by Lama Tsultrim Allione.

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Wisdom Rising: Mandala Training Level 2

Meeting the Mandala of the Five Male Buddhas

Level 2 introduces you to the Mandala of the Five Buddhas, embodiments of sacred masculine and wisdom. You will explore teachings on the enlightened masculine within the context of the mandala and Buddhism more broadly. You will have the opportunity to focus on one of the Five Families to explore more deeply your encumbered patterns related to the masculine principle and and how to transform them into the wisdom of that particular family.

This meditation retreat includes

  • The Mandala of Five Buddhas, male embodiments of wisdom, a daily meditation practice you may continue at home
  • Three enhancement methods:
    • Deepening Feeding Your Demons®, focusing on the emotion of the chosen Buddha family
    • Guided Journey with the Buddha of the chosen family
    • Further exploration of art through Mandala Work with your Hands
  • You will build upon what was introduced in Mandala Training Level 1:
    • Integration with the elements through meditation (outdoors if weather permits)
    • Further personal and dyad work relating to the emotion of the chosen family
    • Embodiment through movement based on the obstructed pattern and the wisdom of the chosen family

The Mandala of the Five Buddhas offers you a practical method of finding strength and clarity within while empowering you to become an effective change agent in the world.

Prerequisites: Must have completed Mandala Training Level 1 and related assignments (see below for assigments).

Note: This is the second step in the three Mandala Training Levels.

Recommended reading: Wisdom Rising, Feeding Your Demons and  Women of Wisdom by Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Wisdom Rising: Mandala Training Level 3

Meeting the Yab-Yum Mandala: The Union of Divine Feminine and Masculine

Level 3 introduces you to the Yab-Yum Mandala, an exploration of the sacred masculine and feminine in union within the context of the mandala. This level of the training focuses on how to transform your encumbered patterns that arise in relationships, such as attachment, anger, jealousy, into wisdom. You will have the opportunity to focus on one of the Five Families to explore more deeply your encumbered patterns related to these themes, learning how to transform them in the wisdom of that particular family.

This meditation retreat includes

  • The Yab-Yum Mandala, embodiments of the sacred masculine and feminine wisdoms, a daily meditation practice you may continue at home
  • Three enhancement methods:
    • Deepening your Feeding Your Demons® practice, focusing on the emotion of the chosen yab-yum family
    • Guided Journey with the Yab-Yum Buddhas
    • Further exploration of art through Mandala Work with your Hands
  • You will build upon what was introduced in Mandala Training Level 2:
    • Deepening experience of integration with the elements through meditation (outdoors if weather permits)
    • Further personal and dyad work relating to the emotion of the chosen family
    • Embodiment through movement based on the obstructed pattern and the wisdom of the chosen family

The Yab-Yum Mandala offers you a practical method of finding strength and clarity within while empowering you to become an effective change agent in the world.

Prerequisites: Must have completed Mandala Training Level 2 and assignments (see below for assigments).

Note: This is the final step in the three Mandala Training Levels.

Recommended reading: Wisdom Rising, Feeding Your Demons and  Women of Wisdom by Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Requirements Between Levels

Integrating Personal Work Into the Mandala Practices

There are three main ways to integrate personal work into the Mandala practices. These three modalities are to be added after the main meditation on either the Mandala of the Five Dakinis, the Mandala of the Five Buddhas, or the Yab-Yum Mandala:

  1. Feeding Your Demons® (approx. 30 min): Add the five-step practice of Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) after the Mandala Practice (approx. 60 min). Keep records with FYD tracking forms. Approximately 90 minutes per session.
  2. Journey with the Dakini, Buddha, Yab-Yum: (approx. 30 min): Add the Journey with the Dakini after the Mandala practice (approx. 60 min), following the process as described in “Journey with the Dakini” document. Keep records with the Journey with the Dakini tracking form. Approximately 90 minutes per session.
  3. Mandala Work with Your Hands (approx. 30 min): Add Mandala Work with your Hands after the Mandala Practice (approx. 60 min). Keep records in your journal tracking forms. Approximately 90 minutes per session.

In order to take the next level Mandala Training, you must complete 10 of each of the above (FYD, Journey with the Dakini, Buddha, or Yab-Yum, and Mandala Work with Your Hands) to make 30 sessions in total. If you were to do one session per day, you could complete this in one month.