Teachers

Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism for the last 20 years, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006, and received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Charlotte teaches in the US and abroad, often in partnership with her husband Pieter Oosthuizen, and co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha.

Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She served as executive co-director of Tara Mandala for four years, and thereafter as Trustee and Board President. Currently she is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. The mother of two boys, she has published essays on the intersection of spiritual practice and motherhood in Mandala and in an anthology, Fearless Nest. Her and Pieter’s blog offers reflections on the intersection of Dharma and modern daily life: www.skymind.us.

Events with Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

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…

Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle
July 7, 2018

In this retreat we will study how the Vajrayana developed historically and learn the fundamentals of Vajrayana practice. Lopön Charlotte 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…

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.…