• Commuting – $482.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's – $587.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's – $587.00
  • Prajna Double – $930.00
  • Prajna Queen Double – $1,230.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $1,560.00
  • Camping – $482.00

Date & Time Details: This retreat begins with a mandatory registration period from 2pm to 4pm on the first day and ends after lunch on the last day.

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

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Ear-Whispered Five Dakini Retreat

With Chöying Khandro, M.A.

September 7 - 12, 2018

Our practice will be mainly based on the traditional text: A Retreat Manual of the Five Dakinis, the Preliminary to the Chö Instructions Entitled “A Wish-Fulfilling Powerful King,” composed by Tuken Lobsang Chökyi Nyima (thu’i bkwang blo bsang chos kyi nyi ma, 1737 – 1802). We will also supplement the practice with another prominent text: A Concise Retreat Manual of Great Mother and the Five Dakinis called “Accomplishing the Goal by Recitation,” written by Ngül-chu Dharmabhadra (dngul chu dharma bhadra, 1772-1851).

This retreat interweaves the Tantric practice of embodying the awakening energies of Prajnaparamita and the Five Dakinis with the transformation of conflicting emotions into pure awareness. This retreat is called “the Preliminaries to the Sacred Chö Practice,” a prerequisite to the further Chö practices of the Dâkinî Ear-Whispered Lineage. Retreatants are required to complete a certain number of mantra recitations with visualization, which can be continued as a daily practice after the retreat.

The practice text can be purchased after the Empowerment. The cost is $35.


September 7

Chö Empowerment, Opening the Door to the Sky

The Common Empowerment of Chö, Opening the Door to the Sky, according to the Ear-Whispered Lineage will be given in the evening of September 29th. This is a gateway to the Ear-Whispered Lineage practice, a prerequisite to attending the following retreat.

September 8 – 11 (4 days)

This lineage retreat focuses on the Tantric teachings and practice of the Prajnaparamita and the Five Dakinis according to the Ear-Whispered Lineage of Chö.

September 12

Tsok Offering

Open to all practitioners to purify their commitments and celebrate the end of the retreat.



  1. The Common Chö Empowerment, Opening the Door to the Sky, according to the Ear-Whispered Lineage (offered as part of this retreat).
  2. Prior to the empowerment and retreat, Tantric vows are highly recommended.
  3. For more details, please email or go to


Suggested Dana: $180-$240



Chöying Khandro, M.A.
Chöying Khandro, M.A., holds the complete transmissions of two lineages, the Ganden Ensa Ear-Whispered Lineage and the Machik Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage, from her teacher, the late Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dampa (1932-2012). She brings more than three decades of intense study and practice to her teachings and has completed a number…
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