FEEDING YOUR DEMONS®: Kapala Training Level III

With Pieter Oosthuizen

September 14 – 19, 2020


A Tara Mandala Virtual Retreat 

In Kapala Training Level III we will go further into Machig Labdrön’s lineage, learning specific new practices and deepen our understanding of the roots and branches of her lineage tree. Students will receive the Machig empowerment and associated practices during this retreat.

Who Can Attend?


  • Completion of Kapala Training Levels I and II, or FYD Online Level I and II (Buddhist Track)
    • FYD Online: Please note that only 80 hours of Prajna Paramita practice are required before attending FYD Online Level II. However, if you wish to continue with Kapala Training Level III after completing FYD Online Level II, you will need to complete an additional 28 hours of Prajna Paramita practice.
  • 4 Solo Demon Feedings
  • 39 Partner Demon Feedings 
  • 10 Solo Extended Ally processes
  • 10 Partner Extended Ally processes
  • 108 hours of  “Supplication to the Great Mother”
  • 108 hours of “Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother” with “Cutting Four Demons Loose into Space”
    • You may choose how much time to spend with each (Transmitting the Meaning and Cutting Four Demons) in one practice session.
  • 200 thirty-minute sessions of Taking and Waking, or 100 hours total – You can do as much time as you like in one practice session, but 30 minutes is the minimum per session.
  • Completion of the Three Yana Retreats in sequential order:
  • Completion of the Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (CNNR) Chöd Retreat or Online Course, and 108 Chöd practice sessions.
  • Completion of Wisdom Rising: Meeting the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis or Wisdom Rising Online Course  (If you completed the Vajrayana Retreat prior to 2020, that retreat counts in place of this retreat and the entire Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Retreat series)
  • 225 hours of Mandala of the Five Dakinis
    • 30, 1.5-hour sessions with each family (5 families total), can be done in order or as you need. 

In this retreat you will receive:

  •  The Empowerment of Machig Labdrön
  •   The practice of “Opening the Gate to Space”
  •   Feeding Your Demons® with dream figures
  •   Collective Societal, Cultural, and Historical Demons
  •   Organizational and Group-dynamic Demons
  •   The Fourth Demon: Ego-clinging
  •   Your processes of Journey with the Ally

What is a Virtual Retreat?

Our Virtual Retreat is a Tara Mandala At-Home intensive retreat during which you will receive teachings, engage in guided practice, and connect with other participants through an easy-to-use online platform (Zoom). We encourage you to create a retreat environment during our days together, by setting aside a dedicated retreat space, removing yourself as much as possible from social media, and taking care of necessities with the mind of compassion in action.

This retreat is meant to be attended live, however the entire retreat will be available for 7 days after the end of the retreat for additional viewing.

I registered for the original onsite retreat, what can I do?

If you have signed up for the onsite retreat at Tara Mandala, you can easily convert your registration to this new Virtual Retreat offering. Please connect with our Registrar to do this at registrar@taramandala.org.


We’re asking our community to support Tara Mandala financially by considering our tiered-pricing model for our virtual retreats which we are launching  in 2020 to support those in our community that cannot travel due to the pandemic. These are difficult times for everyone, and Tara Mandala is no exception. We encourage you to pay at the highest level within your capacity to support Tara Mandala, our staff, and our sangha. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!

$480 – Essential Level

Registration at this level helps Tara Mandala cover basic costs of holding this specific retreat, including compensating our teachers. 

$588 – Luminous Level (includes a 20% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

Registration at this level helps support basic costs of this retreat, and additionally supports our onsite staff  at Tara Mandala during this year of uncertainty.

$648 – Mandala Level (includes a 30% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

Registration at this level helps Tara Mandala cover basic costs for this retreat, supports staff, facilities maintenance and other critical operational needs onsite this year.

Any additional contribution to our Annual Fund will allow Tara Mandala Retreat Center to continue to be a year-round center, a repository for wisdom literature, a center for translation, a beacon for the feminine in Buddhism, an active dharma center with weekly dharma study and practice that provides refuge for deep practice and transformation. If you are able to provide a generous contribution beyond the prices listed above, you will also have the opportunity to do so in your registration and/or during the retreat.

Similarly, if you would like to offer Dana to the teachers leading this retreat, the information to do so will be provided during the virtual retreat sessions.


Listed times are the online portions of the retreat. All times are Mountain Time. If you are attending from another time zone, please know that recordings will be made available by 8pm MT daily so you can review missed sessions. Recordings will expire seven days after the retreat concludes.

Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

September 14:
6:00-7:00pm: Opening Gathering

September 15:
10:00am – 12:00pm: Teachings
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Teachings
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Practice

September 16 – 18:
8:00am – 8:45am: Practice
10:00am – 12:00pm: Teachings
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Teachings
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Practice 

September 19:
10:00am – 12:00pm: Closing Session and Tsog (Ritual Feast)


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…
Learn more about Pieter Oosthuizen

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