Teachers

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and entrepreneur and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with his wife, Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam.

In the past, Pieter has brought innovative leadership to institutions such as Naropa University, where he served as Assistant VP for Academic Affairs, and Tara Mandala, where he served as executive co-director and then as a Trustee. His years of leadership have been dedicated to creating healthy, creative and effective organizations, built on cultures of openness, authenticity and honest communication. He is the founder and current CEO of Celsus Bio-Intelligence, a skin care company. Pieter received his Law degree in his native South Africa. www.skymind.us.


Authorized to teach:

Intro to Meditation

Feeding Your Demons

Kapala Training Level 1

Prajna Paramita

Sutrayana Retreat

Chod

Events with Pieter Oosthuizen

Green Tara Retreat
December 7, 2017

Green Tara, the female Buddha, is one of the most popular meditative deities in Tibetan Buddhism. Known for providing protection from fears and obstacles, she sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day…

Kapala Training Level I
January 31, 2018

Feeding Your Demons Kapala Training Level One With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen January 31-February 4, 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada What better time to retreat than the depths of winter? Feeding Your Demons (FYD) is a five-step process for working with negative emotions, addictions, fears, and self-defeating patterns.…

Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha
June 17, 2018

Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings, including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path and the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination. We will do intensive practice of Shamata (breath awareness) and walking meditation, and we will also learn about Buddhism through the life…

Three Yana Retreat
June 17, 2018

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 Tara Mandala Authorized Teachers. An…

Green Tara Retreat
June 21, 2018

Join us 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 life. In this retreat…

Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart
June 27, 2018

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. We are excited to announce…

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I
July 18, 2018

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…

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level II
July 27, 2018

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.…

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level III
July 27, 2018

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…