Dentog Chigma: The Method for Accomplishment on One Seat With Drubpön Lama Karma
- Tara Mandala
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
- Dec 18 - 22, 2018 (5 days)
- Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $480.00 Prajna Double - $620.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $820.00 Prajna Queen Single - $1,040.00 Temple Camping - $400.00
About This Event
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. It 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.
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) or attend the entire Rinchen Trengwa retreat from December 7-22.
To register for the full Rinchen Trengwa retreat (Dec 7-22) which includes the Dentog Chigma teachings, click HERE.
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.
Dentog Chigma is required for Magyu students and recommended for anyone who is serious about the Chöd lineage.
A 4-wheel or All-wheel drive vehicle is absolutely necessary to access Tara Mandala in winter conditions.
"One cannot force or grasp a spiritual experience, because it is as delicate as the whisper of the wind." - Lama Tsultrim Allione.
Venue HighlightsBordered 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.
AccommodationsTara 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
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll 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.
DirectionsWe 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.