October 22 to December 17, 2021
Following on last year’s popular course, we return for a deeper dive into Machig’s verses on the nature of mind, offered both to those new to these teachings and as a deepening for those who attended last year’s program.
Machig Labdrön – the great 11th century Tibetan yogini – is unequivocal in her insistence that our truest nature, the very ground of being, is not elsewhere:
Once one’s mind is recognized for sure, there’s no need to establish buddha from elsewhere. … More Skymind: The Path of Open Awareness (Online Course)
September 11, 2021 (Level I and Full Certification)
Developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) is a profoundly effective method for recognizing and transforming the deep-seated patterns, triggers, and neuroses that undermine the quality and enjoyment of our lives.
Become fully certified to use this method in a therapeutic setting with clients, or choose the à la carte options for personal growth and enrichment. … More Feeding Your Demons® – Online Program
In May 2020, I had the fortune of engaging in one month of solitary retreat, supported by a grant from the Hemera Foundation. I spent a portion of my time reading, studying and contemplating the writings of Machig Labdrön, the great 11th century Tibetan yogini. I chose “slogans” or pith instructions to bring into my … More “Look in the Way of Not Looking:” Reflections from Retreat
The Mandala of the Five Buddhas is for all of us who long to integrate the awakened, sacred, and wise masculine within ourselves. Buddhism sees the enlightened masculine as the capacity to act skillfully and with wise compassion. These are capacities that must be nurtured by all of us, regardless of our gender identity. The Jungian understanding of the psyche tells us that we each have both feminine and masculine aspects of ourselves, which he calls the anima and the animus. The work of healing and moving towards wholeness involves drawing forth and cultivating the positive aspects of each; otherwise, the hidden agenda of our anima or animus can be destructive and self sabotaging. … More Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Sacred Masculine
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. … More FEEDING YOUR DEMONS®: Kapala Training Level III
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 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