Sutrayana: The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Jan 20 - Apr 14, 2018 (85 days)
  • $300.00 to $375.00 – Program Cost

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10:00AM – 3:30PM (PACIFIC TIME)

“All things have the nature of mind. Mind is the chief and takes the lead. If the mind is clear, whatever you do or say will bring happiness that will follow you like your shadow.” -Shakyamuni Buddha

Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and other key teachings of the Buddha. We will do intensive practice of Shamatha (breath awareness) and walking meditation, and we will also learn about Buddhism through the life stories of the Buddha. Sessions will consist of dharma talks and meditation periods.

This course is the equivalent of the required retreat for the Magyu Mother Lineage and Gateway Programs. An optional oral exam will be given at the end.

*No prerequisite required


Sessions will be held on alternating Saturdays from 10 am until 3:30 pm Pacific Time. Our meeting dates are: January 20, February 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, and April 14 (testing). There will be a 30 minute break each session. Testing will take place after the final session.


All sessions will be held at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA and will also be available remotely via Zoom. The link will be provided upon registration. Please ensure that your technology is set up for Zoom ( prior to registering for the course.


Course registration: $300 – 375 for the series. There is an additional suggested Teacher Dana of $150 – 250. Drop-ins are welcome for those not attending the entire series. Drop-ins are on a per session basis: a suggested amount is $50 – 60. We are unable to offer Sustaining Sangha Membership discounts for this course.


Register here (Payment information on registration page)

Please contact Susi at for further information.


Course credit will be given under the following conditions:

The attendance requirements have been met. Every session must be attended. If there is an emergency, one absence is permitted, provided that the participant review the six hour recording prior to the next scheduled session and complete the meditations of the missed session.

The Oral exam at the end of the course has been successfully passed.


  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

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

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Sutrayana: The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

at Tara Mandala

  • Jan 20, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018 (85 days)


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