Meeting the Moment with an Open Heart: Daily Compassion Practice We will come together online (via Zoom) for daily meditation and compassion practices to meet the uncertainty, tenderness, and potential for lovingkindness in these times. This is the moment to tap into our interconnectedness and the healing capacity of our practice. We will introduce and … More Daily Compassion Meditation: Ended May 1, 2020
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
September 29 – 30, 2018
Taught by Pieter O and Lopon Charlotte Rotterdam, with guided somatic movement by Gretchen Donovan … More Feeding Your Demons in California
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
July 7 – 14, 2018 Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam Tara Mandala Retreat Center, Pagosa Springs, CO In 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 … More Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle
This retreat will explore new developments that took place during the Mahayana period such as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophies, Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on Tonglen, the Four Immeasurables, and the Six Paramitas will also be taught. … More Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart
Join us to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative life. In this retreat you will learn the Green Tara practice from the Luminous Secret Vajra Treasury, a treasure cycle of Adzom Drukpa. … More Green Tara Retreat
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. … More Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha
The following programs will be taught by Pieter and Charlotte either together or with others at Tara Mandala Retreat Center this summer.
Three Yana Retreat: June 17
Sutrayana: June 17
Green Tara Retreat: June 21… … More Pieter and Charlotte Summer Retreats 2018
We humans seem to come pre-programmed with a primeval fear of negativity.
We are so deeply conditioned to turn away from what we sense or perceive as negative, uncomfortable, painful, or unpleasant that we mostly do it automatically. Ironically, the avoidance itself is often very uncomfortable. It seldom leads to a sunny disposition, instead depositing us in the borderlands around our shadows.
So how to deal with this? … More Turning into Darkness