The primary goal of Drubchen (“The Great Accomplishment”) is to awaken the pure perception of this world as sacred, through creating an enlightened environment over the 10 days of practice. “The Lute of the Gandharvas” is an aspect of the White Dakini Drubchen in which dancers gracefully enact the offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses, allowing us access into this view of enlightened mind.
The Sixteen Offering Goddesses each present a variety of pleasing and attractive qualities; such as song, dance, flowers, incense, light and laughter, while four others offer the lute, the flute, the clay drum and the round drum. Accompanying this offering dance is a poetic song replete with beautiful and vivid imagery. Below is a verse from this song:
“Even the moon, the world’s most exquisite beauty,
Does not approach the form of the lovely-to-see;
The charming one wearing a jewel necklace,
By the Vajra Garland Goddessess may you be pleased.”
~ A verse from “The Lute of the Gandharvas: The Garland of Offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses.”
Join us for this year’s White Dakini Drubchen. You can register for either the Drubchen and two days of initial teachings from August 5-16, or Drubchen only from August 7-16. For more information about this Drubchen and the teachers, please see below.
About the Retreat
August 5-16, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Randröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche to Lama Tsultrim Allione. This year we are pleased to announce… Read more
About the Teachers
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala. She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22… Read more
Venerable retreat master (drüpon) Lama Karma was born in eastern Bhutan and joined the Long-Nying Chöling Monastery at a young age. His root teacher was Lama Naljorpa, the great yogi of mahamudra and Dzogchen, from whom he received numerous vows, empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions, including the Chöd Rinchen Threngwa… Read more
Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert began her practice of Tibetan Buddhism under Lama Tsultrim Allione at 22, and completed the practices of the Dzinpa Rangdröl in three-year retreat at Tara Mandala between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche made her the Tsalung Lopön, teacher of the esoteric practices of the… Read more