Chöd: Cutting Through Ego-Clinging

January 10-12, 2020 / Near Los Angeles, CA Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen Chöd (literally to ‘sever’ or ‘cut through’) is a thousand-year-old Tibetan Buddhist practice for meeting and engaging fears and fixations through the practice of compassion and generosity. Visualizing an offering of our own body to that which would seemingly destroy us, we … More Chöd: Cutting Through Ego-Clinging

Jewel of the Charnel Ground

There’s something hauntingly inspiring about the charnel ground image for me, the place where that which we continuously avoid and cover up is finally revealed, exposed, laid bare. With its half-rotting corpses, partially chewed limbs and sun-bleached bones, the charnel ground is without pretense, raw, unabashed in its display of impermanence. In early Buddhist teachings, … More Jewel of the Charnel Ground

Journey to Peru’s Sacred Valley: Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom, Meditation & Yoga

March 24 – 30, 2019
Join us for a luminous 6-day retreat in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Held at beautiful Sacha Munay Retreat Center, our days include yoga and meditation; inspiring non-dual teachings and practices rooted in the most profound view of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; and two excursions, including to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most sacred sites. Our retreat integrates sensory awareness… … More Journey to Peru’s Sacred Valley: Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom, Meditation & Yoga

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I

July 18 – 23, 2018 Pieter Oosthuizen and Polly Ryan Tara Mandala Retreat Center, Pagosa Springs, CO 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 … More Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I