Beginners To Buddhism Retreats

Beginners To Buddhism

Begin Your Journey Into Buddhism at Tara Mandala.

Entering a Buddhist path can be a very individual process. Ask any practitioner about their spiritual path, and their first experiences are so unique and illuminating. In 2018, Tara Mandala offer four particular retreats that help begin one’s journey on the Buddhist path, appealing to many personality types:

•  Taming Our Wild Minds: An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
With Drubpön Lama Karma | June 2 – 5
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•  Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha
With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen | June 17 – 24
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•  Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I
With Pieter Oosthuizen and Polly Ryan, MA, MFT | July 18 – 23
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•  Awakening the Compassionate Heart: Mind Training (Lojong) for Our Times
With Lopön Chandra Easton | August 31 – September 2
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Recently we spoke to three practitioners on retreat at Tara Mandala, about their first experiences with Buddhism, and which retreats would be helpful as an entry into Buddhist practice. We hope you enjoy the discussions in this video below.

Below, please read more info about the upcoming retreats for beginners.

We look forward to welcoming you for one of these retreats, and introducing you to a journey of transformation.
~ With Blessings, Tara Mandala


About The Retreats

Taming Our Wild Minds: An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation


Taming Our Wild Minds: An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

With Drubpön Lama Karma

June 2 – 5, 2018

Since beginningless time, our own minds have run wild and not served us as they have fallen victim to various afflictive emotions, suffering, depression, laziness, and other negative thought patterns. In this retreat we will learn to take the power of our own minds back, so that they serve us and not the other way around. We will learn and practice a variety of special techniques that come from the ancient meditation traditions of India, Tibet, and Bhutan to gradually bring our own minds under our control, so that we may begin to tap into our highest potential in our spiritual practice, interactions with others, careers, and daily life. More → | Register Now

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. During the retreat there will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings. An optional oral exam will be given at the end of the retreat. More → | Register Now

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I


Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I

With Pieter Oosthuizen and Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

July 18 – 23, 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 a wide variety of personal demons and other dilemmas of modern life. The demon work will be balanced by the deep practice of Prajna Paramita, a “nature of mind” meditation practice. This training is the first step for licensed healing professionals who want to become certified to use this process professionally. More → | Register Now

Awakening the Compassionate Heart: Mind Training (Lojong) for Our Times


Awakening the Compassionate Heart: Mind Training (Lojong) for Our Times

With Lopön Chandra Easton

August 31 – September 2, 2018

A Meditation Retreat. Mind Training (Lojong) offers practical and inspiring teachings for cultivating compassion, patience, and perspective. With a particular focus on integrating all of your life’s experiences onto the path of awakening, these pithy teachings help you to bring your practice into your life and develop a greater capacity to feel compassion for yourself and others. In this retreat, you will learn mindfulness meditation and the compassion practice called Tonglen (Sending & Receiving). The retreat will include teachings, guided meditations, and discussion. More → | Register Now


About The Teachers

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Drubpön Lama Karma

Venerable retreat master (drubpön) Lama Karma was born in eastern Bhutan and joined the Long-Nying Chöling Monastery at a young age. His root teacher was Lama Naljorpa, the great yogi of mahamudra and Dzogchen, from whom he received numerous vows, empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions, including the Chöd Rinchen Trengwa … More →

Drubpön Lama Karma

Lopön Chandra Easton

Lopön Chandra Easton is a teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdrön and Lama Tsultrim Allione. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga since 2001 and co-translated “Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection.” She is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area … 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 →

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992. She has also studied with B. Alan Wallace for over two decades. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen, and other practices for over two decades. She has … 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 →