Tara Mandala Colorado

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Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The beauty of nature, quietness, and solitude supported me so much in letting the vajra mind shine through. Having time for my practice with no outer worldly pressure helped me to deeply relax into my meditation, creating space. I’m deeply grateful for this precious time on Tara’s Land!     -Vera…

Personal Retreat in Prajna Residence Hall

October 7, 2016 - April 28, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
October 7, 2016 – May 5, 2017 A one-week minimum is required. Fridays are check-in and check-out days.   We are happy to announce that the Prajña Residence Hall will be open for personal retreats during the above dates pending availability around group retreats. In cases of smaller group retreats,…

Open House & Meditation 101

March 18, 2017
Open House 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, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to…

Spring Equinox Green Tara Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

March 23 - 26, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for the Spring Equinox to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative…

Open House & Meditation 101

April 22, 2017
Open House 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, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to…

Chöd: From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Lopön Chandra Easton and Karla Jackson-Brewer

April 26 - 30, 2017
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…

Kapala Training Level I: Feeding Your Demons®

With Lopön Chandra Easton and Polly Ryan, MFT

May 4 - 9, 2017
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. This process is of great benefit when working with…

An Uncontrived Mind

With Traleg Khandro

May 4 - 7, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Much of our experience is predetermined by well-established beliefs and habitual patterns. In this course Traleg Khandro will explore and explain traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditative and yogic techniques designed to help reveal the uncontrived mind. Vipassana (insight) meditation assists us in revealing the true nature of existence; Mahamudra meditation (meditation…

Dakini Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Miranda Shaw and Ellen Booth Church

May 13 - 20, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Lama Tsultrim will offer this celebrated and unique retreat which she developed to bring transformational personal work into the container of spiritual practice. It involves meditation practice, art, mask making, sound, and some movement. We will work with the Lion-headed Dakini Mandala with an introduction to the practice and transmission.…

Open House & Meditation 101

May 14, 2017
Open House 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, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to…

Kapala Training Level II: Feeding Your Demons®

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

May 24 - 29, 2017
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. FYD™ work will expand through mapping of family lineage demons, physical body demons, and hydra demons.…

Kapala Training Level III: Feeding Your Demons®

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Pieter Oosthuizen

May 24 - 29, 2017
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. Lama Tsultrim will give the Machig empowerment and associated practices during this retreat. This is a required retreat for the…

Three Yana Retreat

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Ösel Dorje and Polly Ryan, MFT

June 3 - 30, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The Three Yana retreat will cover the historical and contemplative development of Buddhism involving a combination of meditation practice and daily teachings. During each section there will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings by Lama Tsultrim and invited guest…

Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha

With Polly Ryan, MFT and Ösel Dorje

June 3 - 10, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and other key teachings of the Buddha. We will do intensive practice of Shamata (breath awareness) and walking meditation, and we will also…

Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Ösel Dorje

June 13 - 20, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat will explore new developments that took place during the Mahayana period such as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophies, Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on Tonglen, the Four Immeasurables, and the Six Paramitas will also be taught. During the retreat there will…

Dorje Yudrönma: Protectress of Divination (Empowerment and Teachings) and White Tara with Consort Practice & Tibetan Yoga for Longevity

With Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

June 13 - 20, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Dorje Yudrönma is a Protectress who also is connected to oracular and prophetic practices such as the mirror divination. During the first couple days of the retreat, Rinpoche will give teachings and the empowerment for this divination practice. The last five days of the retreat will be devoted to the…

Parchangma Chöd

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Anna Raithel

June 23 - 27, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). In this retreat, you will learn the five melodies and the musical patterns for the drum, bell, and kangling. Chöd is a wonderful and powerful practice for these difficult times. It brings…

Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Ösel Dorje

June 23 - 30, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In this retreat we will study how the Vajrayana developed historically and learn the fundamentals of Vajrayana practice. Lama Tsultrim will give an introduction to the 5 Buddha families, the mandala principle, and deity yoga as well as transmission for the 5 Dakini Mandala, the 5 Buddha Mandala, and the…

The Heart Sutra

With Anam Thubten

July 3 - 6, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Anam Thubten will teach on the Heart Sutra, the most important Mahayana Sutra, centered around the Prajnaparamita teachings that deal with awakening to emptiness. The wisdom of emptiness is the way of perceiving all life and experience with the unconditioned mind that is not distorted by our opinions and beliefs.…

R. Carlos Nakai and Nawang Khechog in Concert

With R. Carlos Nakai and Nawang Khechog

July 8, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Please note that if you register online, your name will be listed at the gate and you will not receive a printed ticket. All online registrations are therefore non-transferrable.

First International Chöd-Zhije Conference: The Lineage of Machig Labdrön & Padampa Sangye

July 12 - 16, 2017
Conference fees are per person and include the full cost of the conference, all meals, and use of the facilities.

The Ear-Whispered Lineage of Ganden: Chöd Retreat

With Kunze Chimed and Chöying Khandro, M.A.

July 18 - 23, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This rarely taught Chöd practice stems from one of the two Chöd lineages of the Buddhist Gelugpa tradition. Tracing their lineage from Machig Labdrön through Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa, these Chöd practices were passed down through oral transmission (“ear-whispered”) from lama to lama and remained fairly secret, practiced…

Tibetan Healing Chöd

With Drüpon Lama Karma

July 18 - 23, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The Chöd tradition includes numerous healing rituals and practices to cure illnesses, promote good health, remove obstructions and clear karmic patterns. In this unique retreat, Lama Karma will teach three such practices: 1. Changbu Gyatsa, the “100 handprint” torma ritual; 2. Jungzhi Zerba, a stand-alone sadhana involving torma offerings to…

Special One-Day Benefit for Tara Mandala: Intimate Dialogue and Afternoon Tea with Pema Chödrön & Evening Concert with Krishna Das

July 29, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for this exciting one-day event with two of the most beloved figures in Dharma and Kirtan in the West! Bestselling author and Buddhist meditation teacher Pema Chödrön has touched the lives of millions with her down-to-earth guidance for becoming happier, “saner” people in an ever-changing and challenging world. Grammy®-nominated recording…

Gateway Complete Transmission: Dzogchen Preliminaries (By Invitation Only – Completes)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 1 - 5, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Completes”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the Rushen practices. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the “Completes” cohort.  

Gateway Complete Transmission: Troma Sadhana (By Invitation Only – Garudas)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 1 - 5, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Garuda”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the White Dakini Sadhana. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the Garuda Complete Transmission program.

White Dakini Drubchen

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert

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, who for the first time will lead…

Gateway Foundation: Deepening Ngöndro & Tsog Training (By Invitation Only – Tigers)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Ösel Dorje

August 19 - 23, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat is required for all Gateway Foundation (Tigers) participants and will focus on refining and deepening the practices found within the Dzinpa Rangdröl Ngöndro. There will be ample practice time, teachings and clarifying questions around certain aspects of the practice, as well as time to bond with your fellow…

Dentog Chigma: Chöd Retreat

With Drüpon Lama Karma

August 30 - September 3, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Dentog Chigma is the main sadhana practice within the Rinchen Trengwa (‘The Mala of Jewels’), the collection of practices in Machig’s Kama (oral) lineage compiled by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and Karma Chakme. Dentog Chigma literally means ‘Liberation on One Seat.’ This marvelous practice is sung with a melody and accompanied…

Open House & Meditation 101

September 2, 2017
Open House 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, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to…

WisdomWomen Sacred Sexuality Visionary Gathering

With Michelle Stransky, Mutima Rose Imani and Nadine Nierika Keller

September 7 - 10, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
WisdomWomen is a growing movement of women who believe it is time to look in a revolutionary new direction and build our world from a different paradigm. We are not asking whether or not this can be done. We are claiming that it is ours to do. This Visionary Gathering…

Healing the Heart of the Womb

With Laura Clemmons

September 15 - 17, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Healing the heart of the womb is a time of spiritual exploration, connection, and ceremony. We will use herbs, art, and shamanic journeying as vehicles for the process and we will learn how to use them as daily tools to support and promote a healthier and happier moontime (menstrual cycle)…

A Precious Human Birth-Day Weekend

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer

September 29 - October 2, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Come celebrate Lama Tsultrim Allione’s 70th Birthday at Tara Mandala. Join us for a weekend of celebration including a Friday evening wine reception, Saturday Chöd Tsog and an evening concert, featuring Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer singing their ‘Dharmatized’ originals. Sunday we will hike to Opal Lake…

Open House & Meditation 101

October 7, 2017
Open House 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, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to…

Machig Labdrön in Bhutan: Two Week Pilgrimage

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

October 22 - November 7, 2017
    Join us for this rare opportunity to go on pilgrimage with Lama Tsultrim Allione to one of the last independent Vajrayana Buddhist countries in the world.   Letter from Lama Tsultrim Dear Tara Mandala Community, Several years ago I was contacted by a Bhutanese woman, a scholar with…