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
Machig Labdrön, the great 11th century Tibetan yogini – suggests “don’t search, don’t practice; rest in your nature.”
This powerful statement reminds us to turn towards our innate wakefulness: the expanse of primordial awareness which is ever present and always within us. This simple but direct invitation to discover the ‘nature of mind’ in every moment lies at the heart of this new online offering with two of Tara Mandala’s senior teachers. … More Skymind: Machig Labdrön and Open Awareness Online Course
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
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
I recently heard about a study that found that “busyness” is the new status symbol. I grew up with images of the rich and powerful lounging on a long white beach, drink in-hand and not a care in the world. Now it seems that you prove your social standing by flaunting the number of engagements, commitments and responsibilities you have on any given day. The study showed that this is as true among the working class as it is for the middle and upper-middle classes. I have to admit: too often I find myself commiserating with a friend about my long to-do lists, my numerous and scattered work duties, child care needs, the dirty house, my forever overflowing inbox… It’s an easy – and seemingly always accurate – answer to “how are you?” Busy, busy, busy. Like we all are… … More The Suffering of Busyness