About Tara Mandala

DSC_0293 (2)Photo by Ashley Costello

The Retreat Center

Tara Mandala is an international Vajrayana Buddhist community with its home base at 7,500 feet above sea level in the mountains of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  It is guided by Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Lama Tsultrim has studied Tibetan Buddhism under traditional teachers for more than 45 years. Today, opportunities for quiet contemplation are rare,  and places dedicated to long-term retreat are even more scarce. Meditation has a profound effect on the individual and its benefits emanate into the rest of the world.

In a chaotic and stressful world, Tara Mandala retreat center offers refuge, renewal and traditional Buddhist training through our residential Living Dharma program as well as group and solo retreats. Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Tribal Land, the retreat center is on 700 acres of rolling hills and meadows adorned with many varieties of wild flowers, ponds, and forests. The land itself is a mandala with a stunning peak in the middle surrounded by four valleys. Retreat cabins are scattered across the landscape, and at its heart is the extraordinary three-story mandala Tara temple.

Temple view from abovePhoto by Ashley Costello

The Community

Tara Mandala retreat center in Colorado is the hub of a vibrant international web of Buddhist practitioners who meet in groups in many locations in the U.S.A  and Europe. Tara Mandala practitioners are on every continent, gathering for meditation and study and hosting visiting teachers.  Find a practice group.




kapala II group photo