3 Yana Retreat: The Contemplative Development of Buddhism

3 Yana Retreat: The Contemplative Development of Buddhism

Enter the world of the Three Yanas, the complete and immersive teachings of Sutrayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

Tara Mandala welcomes all to The Three Yanas, our most extensive retreat, from June 17 – July 14. Upon completing this life-changing journey, one will have cultivated the ground for all Buddhist practice to emerge from, with a deeply illuminated wisdom that can enhance all motivations and activities in daily life.

We are honored to have Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo teaching the Mahayana retreat, with Magyu Lopön (head teacher) Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen also teaching throughout the Yanas.

Summer is a magnificent time to be on Tara Mandala land. This program involves three in-depth week-long retreats focusing on each Yana, and a few days in between for personal reflection and/or relaxation. There will also be noble silence during the retreats, allowing for a deeper integration of the teachings and absorption of the environment. After each retreat, there is an optional oral exam.

Below, find more detailed information about each Yana retreat and how to register for them individually, or truly embark on the complete Three Yanas for a wonderful 360-degree view of Buddhism.

We hope you can join us for this in-depth journey.
Tara Mandala


About The Retreats

Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha


Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 17 – 24, 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 (calm abiding) and walking meditation, and we will also learn about Buddhism through the life stories of the Buddha. More →

Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart


Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart

With Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 27 – July 4, 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 that this year, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo will join us for three days of teachings to offer a commentary on Atisha’s “The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels,” one of Atisha’s most well-known texts on Lojong (Mind-Training) More →

Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle


Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

July 7 – 14, 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 Yab Yum Mandala. More →


About The Teachers

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London. In 1964, aged 20, she traveled to India to pursue her spiritual path and met her Teacher, His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama. She became one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. The inspiring story of her life, including 12 years of secluded retreat in a Himalayan cave, is the subject of the biography, Cave in the Snow. A popular Buddhist teacher, she presents the Dharma in an accessible manner … More →

Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

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 … More →

Pieter Oosthuizen

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 … More →