Dzogchen Tregchö Mountain Dharma: A Thanksgiving Retreat

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Nov 21 - 25, 2018 (5 days)
  • Commuting - $402.00 Prajna Double - $775.00 Prajna Queen Double - $1,025.00 Prajna Queen Single - $1,300.00 Temple Camping - $402.00

About us

Drubpön Lama Karma will teach two precious cycles of Dzogchen instructions composed by the recent master Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987). The first set of instructions is Extracting the Essence of Accomplishment: Straightforward Ultimate Guidance on the Practice of Mountain Dharma Training. This amazing set of clear and direct instructions explains in lucid detail why one would do retreat, the view, meditation, and conduct of Dzogchen, how to keep the samayas, and how to bring about the fruition of Dzogchen practice in this very lifetime. Having completed sixteen years of strict retreat, Lama Karma will draw on a wealth of experiential understanding on how to get the most out of our retreat experience. The second set of instructions is the Extremely Profound Ultimate Instructions on the Three Spaces: Pith Instructions of the Secret Cycle of the Great Perfection. In these instructions, outer space is the expanse of appearances and emptiness. Inner space is the naked nature of the mind free of conceptual thoughts. Secret space is the self-arisen all-pervasive luminosity of awareness. The goal is to merge all three inseparably in our Dzogchen practice.

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

This retreat is open to all.

Suggested Dana: $120-$160

"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.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Accommodations

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.

Directions

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: http://groups.google.com/group/tara-mandala-rideshare.

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Dzogchen Tregchö Mountain Dharma: A Thanksgiving Retreat

at Tara Mandala

  • Nov 21, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 (5 days)

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