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
by Charlotte Rotterdam As I entered motherhood, I had to ask myself whether there would any longer be space for spiritual practice, or whether the spacious silence of contemplation would be altogether drowned out by baby cries and too many loads of dirty laundry. Ironically, I found the opposite to be true, for in the … More The Practice of Motherhood
The Retitled and Expanded Version by Pieter Oosthuizen and Charlotte Rotterdam The practice of Conscious Leadership, in essence, challenges the leader to re-examine and re-evaluate the very notion of self and the worldview that necessarily follows from our conceptions of self. If our image of self is very narrowly defined, we tend toward more fear-based … More Conscious Leadership:
A conversation between Joshua Onysko, Founder and CEO of Pangea Organics, and Pieter Oosthuizen, Entrepreneur and former Asst. Vice President at Naropa University and Executive Director of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center. Feeding Your Demons is a method, developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, for turning one’s obstacles into wisdom. … More Feeding Your Demons: Spiritual Intelligence in Business Interview