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Complete Global Calendar

Mind Training: Cultivating Compassion & Insight

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

November 21 - 24, 2019
Kamalashila Institute for Buddhist Studies and Meditation
Mind Training, or Lojong, is a practical and inspiring teaching that transforms the mind afflicted by destructive emotions. At the heart of all practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Mind Training puts special emphasis on transforming adversity and joy into the path of awakening.

Winter Solstice Celebration With the Tara Mandala Community

December 21 - 22, 2019
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice 2019 with the Tara Mandala community. Let's join together to center ourselves and begin the holidays by quieting our minds, settling in our bodies, and opening our hearts to the great mystery of the turning of the sun and the darkest night.

Chöd – Cutting Through Ego Clinging

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

January 10 - 12, 2020
Pure Land Farms
Chöd (literally to ‘sever’ or ‘cut through’) is a thousand-year-old Tibetan Buddhist practice for meeting and engaging fears and fixations through the practice of compassion and generosity. Visualizing an offering of our own body to that which would seemingly destroy us, we practice releasing our grasp on the egoic self…

Feeding Your Demons Workshop

With Paula van Lammeren

February 15 - 16, 2020
Zutphen, Netherlands
The workshop provides a thorough grounding in this remarkable method for transforming and befriending negative emotions, fears, illness and self defeating patterns; and introduces the radical notion that to heal and transform ourselves we must ‘feed’ not fight our demons.

Green Tara Retreat

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

April 23 - 27, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In this retreat you will learn to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles.

Relationship as Sacred Practice: The Art of Love and Devotion

With Nadine Keller, MA and Andrew Keller

May 1 - 6, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for an exquisite immersion into the path of awakening through conscious relationship. Approaching all relationships with deeper awareness, sacredness and intimacy invites us onto a path that is an unfolding process of profound personal and spiritual development.

Meeting the Wisdom Mother

With Shiva Rea and Lama Tsultrim Allione

May 5 - 9, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
During this retreat approaching Mother’s Day, we will explore the Great Wisdom Mother, and her historical emanation Machig Labdrön, the 11th century Tibetan Yogini. Many of us suffer from a lack of connection with the Wisdom Mother and could benefit from methods and experiences connecting us to her. How can…

Celebrating Machig Labdrön’s Birthday: Practice of the Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa) Sadhana

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

May 7, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In honor of Machig Labdrön’s birthday, we will practice the Garland of Jewels (Tib. Rinchen Trengwa) sadhana to celebrate and share her living oral tradition of Chöd.

Undoing Patriarchy & Embodying Sacred Masculinity

With Lama Rod Owens

May 13 - 16, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
We will take up a dharmic lens to examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love, and sexuality along a path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings.

Open House and Intro to Meditation | May

May 16, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple and an introduction to Buddhist meditation.

Journey into the Dakini Mandala: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

With Karla Jackson-Brewer and Ranjini George

May 20 - 24, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Through generative writing practices and Dakini Mandala meditation, we will journey into our innermost being, explore the five families, and transform our encumbered emotions.

Skin Out, Skin In: Uncovering the Roots of Racism and Oppression through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

With JoAnna Hardy and Erin Treat

May 20 - 24, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
On the path to making a more equitable, just, and awake world, we need to wake up to how the roots of racism and oppression can arise within ourselves. By connecting to how they may arise in ourselves, we can more effectively and compassionately connect to how they arise in…

Aging with Wisdom and Creativity: Deepening our Practice through Reflection and Writing

With Victress Hitchcock and Olivia Hoblitzelle

May 28 - 31, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Many of us find ourselves dealing with issues around aging and how to respond creatively to this new phase in our lives. In this retreat, we will use writing in different forms – stories, poems, journaling - and small group sharing as a creative way to explore these issues.

Chöd: From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton and Karla Jackson-Brewer

May 28 - June 1, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Chöd is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist tradition of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung, and is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, when we nurture and…

Vajrayana: Sacred World

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

June 6 - 12, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat offers a historical and philosophical overview of the Vajrayana and explores the lives and teachings of some of the great Tantric practitioners and mahasiddhas, such as Naropa, Tilopa, Lakshminkara, Saraha, Niguma, Kukkuripa, among others.

Open House and Intro to Meditation | June

June 13, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple and an introduction to Buddhist meditation.

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level II

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 16 - 21, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat consists of a deepening of the Prajña Paramita practice, an introduction to Jamgön Kongtrül’s text “Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother,” and Machig Labdrön’s method for cutting through discursive thoughts with sound.

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I

With Karla Jackson-Brewer and Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

June 25 - 30, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Inspired by the ancient practice of Chöd, Feeding Your Demons® is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione that allows us to offer compassion and understanding to our own inner demons rather than engaging in battle and struggling with them.

Descent and Emergence: A Mythic Journey for Challenging Times

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Michael Meade

June 25 - 30, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade and Buddhist teacher and bestselling author Lama Tsultrim Allione for an intensive four-day retreat.

Dakini Ngöndro: The Excellent Path of Great Bliss

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Tulku Ösel Dorje

July 4 - 9, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In this retreat we will learn to contemplate and meditate on the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma, and then we will arrive at the uncommon preliminaries of Refuge, Bodhicitta, Vajrasattva, Mandala Offerings, a short Chöd and receiving the blessings of the lineage in a unique Guru…

Open House and Intro to Meditation | July

July 11, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple and an introduction to Buddhist meditation.

Longchenpa’s Treasury of the Natural State: A Dzogchen Retreat

With H.E. Chung Tulku Rinpoche

July 13 - 19, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Longchenpa (1308-1364) was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. He systematized the Nyingma teachings in his revered text Seven Treasures and wrote extensively on Dzogchen (Great Perfection).

Gateway: Inner Rushen (By Invitation Only – Garudas)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

July 13 - 19, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (Garuda) participants who have completed their samaya for the Outer Rushen practices. These are closed teachings open only to those who are part of the Garuda Complete Transmission Program.

Gateway: Tröma Sadhana (By Invitation Only – Tigers)

With Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert M.A., L.M.H.C.

July 13 - 19, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (Tiger) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the White Dakini Sadhana. These are closed teachings open only to those who are part of the Tiger Complete Transmission Program.

White Dakini Drubchö

With H.E. Chung Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Allione

July 22 - 28, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
We will experience a traditional empowerment and be led through an in-depth process of learning and practicing the White Dakini mandala from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle. This practice is the union of Machig Labdrön and Yeshe Tsogyel, surrounded by the dakinis of the five families.

Family Retreat: The Open Heart | Child Registration

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Pieter Oosthuizen, Scott Blossom, Jennifer Warren, Alexis Slutzky, Nick King, Nikita Gayle Romanzov, Andy Spall and Stacy Zumbroegel

August 1 - 7, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This year’s family retreat will explore teachings and practices of compassion that open our hearts more fully to ourselves, each other, and the community of life around us. Compassion attunes us to the richness and radiance of interconnectedness, and the vibrant, awake heart that lies within each of us.

Family Retreat: The Open Heart | Teen Registration

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Pieter Oosthuizen, Scott Blossom, Jennifer Warren, Alexis Slutzky, Nick King, Nikita Gayle Romanzov, Andy Spall and Stacy Zumbroegel

August 1 - 7, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This year’s family retreat will explore teachings and practices of compassion that open our hearts more fully to ourselves, each other, and the community of life around us. Compassion attunes us to the richness and radiance of interconnectedness, and the vibrant, awake heart that lies within each of us.

Family Retreat: The Open Heart | Adult Registration

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Pieter Oosthuizen, Scott Blossom, Jennifer Warren, Alexis Slutzky, Nick King, Nikita Gayle Romanzov, Andy Spall and Stacy Zumbroegel

August 1 - 7, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This year’s family retreat will explore teachings and practices of compassion that open our hearts more fully to ourselves, each other, and the community of life around us. Compassion attunes us to the richness and radiance of interconnectedness, and the vibrant, awake heart that lies within each of us.

Family Retreat: The Open Heart

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Pieter Oosthuizen, Scott Blossom, Jennifer Warren, Alexis Slutzky, Nick King, Nikita Gayle Romanzov, Andy Spall and Stacy Zumbroegel

August 1 - 7, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This year’s family retreat will explore teachings and practices of compassion that open our hearts more fully to ourselves, each other, and the community of life around us. Compassion attunes us to the richness and radiance of interconnectedness, and the vibrant, awake heart that lies within each of us.

Tröma Nagmo: The Path of Secret Primordial Wisdom

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Tulku Ösel Dorje

August 11 - 15, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The powerful practice for accomplishing Tröma Ngagmo (also known as Khrodakāli, the Wrathful Black Mother) takes unsurpassed primordial wisdom as the very path itself and belongs to the Ösel Nyingtig cycle of teachings from A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche. Although it is a sadhana practice, the essence of nondual Dzogchen permeates every…

Benefit Concert for Tara Mandala

With R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Rowan

August 15, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for an inspiring concert evening with two amazing artists: Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan and Grammy-nominated and premier performer of the traditional Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai. These inspiring musicians will take us through a musical journey, blending their insights into a unique,…

Buddhahood Without Meditation: Longchen Nyingthig P’howa

With Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche

August 20 - 24, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The ability to transfer consciousness into an exalted state at the moment of death allows us to live without the fear of dying. Through P’howa, death becomes an opportunity for liberation instead of a mere severance from what we have known and loved in life.

Sky Mind: Machig Labdrön and Open Awareness

With Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

August 20 - 24, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In one of her brilliant teachings, Machig Labdrön – the great 11th century Tibetan yogini – suggests “don’t search, don’t practice; rest in your nature.” This powerful invitation reminds us to turn towards the innate wholeness of our being, the natural space/expanse of primordial awareness.

Liberation is Now: Engaging the Mind to Discover It Moment by Moment

With Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

August 27 - 29, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for a special retreat with one of the most beloved and influential female senior Buddhist teachers in the West today, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Jetsunma will give teachings on a text by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye titled Advice Given To Lhawang Tashi.

Benefit for Tara Mandala and Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

August 28 - 29, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for an afternoon event with two of the most well-known and influential female Buddhist teachers in the West today, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Lama Tsultrim Allione. They will answer audience questions and share stories and insights from their many years of Dharma practice and teaching.

Open House and Intro to Meditation | August

August 29, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple and an introduction to Buddhist meditation.

Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Sacred Masculine

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Pieter Oosthuizen and Karla Jackson-Brewer

September 2 - 8, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Experience transformation through the power of the mandala—a universal map of inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. This training offers a journey into the Mandala of the Five Buddhas developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione to bring emotional transformation into alignment with the spiritual path.

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level IV

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

September 14 - 19, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In Kapala Training Level IV, you will receive Machig’s Ultimate Meaning from Lama Tsultrim, as well as the Crystal and the Rainbow Rays Movement Practice.

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level III

With Pieter Oosthuizen

September 14 - 19, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In Kapala Training Level III we will go further into Machig Labdrön’s lineage, learning specific new practices and deepening our understanding of the roots and branches of her lineage tree.

Dance in the Mandala of the 21 Praises of Tara: Praise Her, Embody Her, Discover Your Own Perfection

With Prema Dasara

September 23 - 28, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
During this retreat dancers will join in practices, meditation, and dances that guide the participant into the depths of their relationship with Tara; the Tara before us, the Tara we are.

Zhitro: The Six Moments of Opportunity and Practice for the Deceased

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Debra Quayle

September 26 - 28, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Zhitro is a simple and accessible practice that provides us with a way to help the deceased, and helps us to become familiar with the visions and experiences we may experience following our own passing.

Tröma Nagmo Chöd Intensive

With Sangye Khandro

October 2 - 5, 2020
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This Chöd practice provides an extremely powerful means to sever the root of suffering, self-grasping, and fixation, thus revealing the inherent wisdom nature.