Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle

July 7 – 14, 2018
Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Tara Mandala Retreat Center, Pagosa Springs, CO

KalachakraIn 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.

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.

This is a required retreat for Gateway Foundation and Mother Lineage (Magyu) students. Each Yana is also available as a separate week-long retreat. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate children on the land during this retreat.

This retreat is open to all.

July 7 – 14, 2018

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

Suggested Dana/Donation to teachers: $240 – $320
Accommodation: Ranges from $705 – $1,843

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.

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charlotte rotterdamLöpon Charlotte 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.
Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She served as executive co-director of Tara Mandala for four years, and thereafter as Trustee and Board President. Currently she is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. The mother of two boys, she has published essays on the intersection of spiritual practice and motherhood in Mandala and in an anthology, Fearless Nest.


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