Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa)

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Dec 7 - 22, 2018 (16 days)
  • Commuting - $1,120.00 Prajna Double - $2,240.00 Prajna Queen Double - $2,944.00 Prajna Queen Single - $3,744.00 Temple Camping - $1,120.00

About This Event

Accomplishment of the Secret Path of Ten Million Dakinis

This will be an expansion of teachings on Machig Labdrön’s Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa) chöd tradition offered last April. This retreat is open to everyone, as Lama Karma will be giving transmission again, and there will be extensive teachings and practice.

In this retreat we will continue to learn how to practice and perform the rhythms and melodies of the extensive Garland of Jewels sadhana, according to Khandro Tsering Drolkar’s experiential instructions. In particular, there will be detailed teachings on how to perform the series of retreats that are central to this tradition. First, there is the 100 day and 100 feast retreat utilizing the main Garland of Jewels sadhana. Second, there is a three month retreat utilizing Karma Chagme’s Opening the Door to the Siddhis of the Method to Accomplish the Instructions of Chöd on One Seat. Third, there is a seven day roaming retreat focusing on merging the previous instructions with Secret Yogic Conduct. Fourth, if practitioners are ready, to enhance our realization, there is a 108 day One Hundred and Eight Springs retreat that we do roaming near bodies of water. Lama Karma himself has completed all of these retreats and will offer experiential advice. Along with these experiential instructions, Lama Karma will use a number of commentaries, including the Secret Path of Ten Million Dakinis: Machig’s Complete Explanation, to reveal the outer, inner, and secret meanings of Chöd practice. Lama Karma received this transmission along with rare detailed oral explanations directly from his root teacher Lama Naljorpa.

This Garland of Jewels retreat is an amazing, extremely rare opportunity to receive the extensive heart of the living Garland of Jewels oral chöd lineage that comes directly from the primordial wisdom dakini Machig Labdrön.

On December 21st we will join together for an afternoon and evening celebrating the Winter Solstice with Lama Tsultrim. See here for more details of this event. You do not need to book separately for this as it is included as part of this retreat.

Participants will need to have a Chöd drum and bell, both of which can be purchased in the Tara Mandala Dakini store.

Suggested Dana: $480-$640

A 4-wheel or All-wheel drive vehicle is absolutely necessary to access Tara Mandala in winter conditions.


We are pleased to announce that the Dentog Chigma, “Liberation on One Seat,” sadhana will be taught on the last few days (Dec 18-22) of this retreat. Dentog Chigma is the main sadhana practice within the Rinchen Trengwa, “Precious Garland,” the collection of practices in Machig’s Kama (oral) lineage compiled by Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and Karma Chakme. This sadhana is “at the absolute core of Machig’s lineage” according to Lama Tsultrim Allione and is required for those in Magyu before attending Kapala Training Level 4. The profound practice of Dentog Chigma, “Liberation on One Seat,” combines the melodic and rhythmic aspects of traditional Chöd with the visualization and mantra recitation of deity practice.

The practice taught on this retreat uses the same text as Lama Tsering Wangdu’s Dentog Chigma practice. Therefore, it fulfills the Dentog Chigma requirement for the Magyu: Mother Lineage (it is a prerequisite for Kapala Training Level 4).

Participants may choose to either attend just this Dentog Chigma retreat (Dec 18-22) alone or attend the entire Rinchen Trengwa retreat from December 7-22, which includes 11 full days of teachings/transmissions on the Rinchen Trengwa, and three full days of teachings on the practice of the Dentog Chigma.


"One cannot force or grasp a spiritual experience, because it is as delicate as the whisper of the wind." - Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Venue Highlights

Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Tribal Land, Tara Mandala Retreat Center is on 700-acres of rolling hills and meadows adorned with many varieties of wildflowers, ponds, and forests. The land itself is a mandala with a stunning peak in the middle surrounded by four valleys. Retreat cabins are scattered across the landscape designed for deep retreat, and at its heart, is the extraordinary three-story Tara temple which celebrates the sacred feminine. The center has a Community Building, where residents and retreatants convene for meals, and other activities.


Tara Mandala offers a large residence hall (Prajna Residence Hall) for luxurious accommodations. Rooms have single or double beds. Private or shared bathrooms are available. Toiletries and towels are not supplied, so it is recommended that retreatants please bring their own. Retreatants can stay in one of our two Dorm Yurts. These yurts house 8-10 beds. We also offer a large camp-ground, for those who want to get back to nature for their retreat accommodation. For those who are camping and staying in yurts, showers are available in the Community Building, a short walk away. There are plenty of cubicles in the bathrooms to store your toiletries and personal belongings.


  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All meals are delicious, vegetarian, made with all organic ingredients, and served buffet style. Kitchen staff ensure an abundant offering for every meal, in a variety of styles and culinary traditions. We offer tea stations in the Community Building and Temple, with a wide selection of teas and coffee, open 24 hours.


We are 90 minutes from the La Plata County airport in Durango (DRO) and 4 1/2 hours from the Albuquerque airport. The closest international airport is Denver (DIA). Our retreat land is a 25 minute drive from Pagosa Springs. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation. There are several options for ground transportation including professional shuttle services and rental cars from the airports in Denver, Durango, and Albuquerque. For ground transport from Durango Airport to Tara Mandala, we recommend Wilderness Journeys Pagosa. With this service, group discounts can be arranged for $50 each person, each way. A custom reservation is $100 one-way, $190 round trip. In addition to the options listed, you may be able to share a ride with other retreatants coming from various locations. There is a rideshare group listing to help you facilitate a rideshare at: (contact info blocked).

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  • Doris Hintsteiner   June 19, 2019


    It’s a very special place to participate in retreats, whichever! The whole surroundings of land and people living and working there makes it what it is , a place to learn, practice and live there and of course the presence of two Lamas . A chance to change in a positive way , even crusted staff has a chance to solve.

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