Stars at Dawn: Stories of Our Buddhist Foremothers as Guides and Inspiration
- Tara Mandala
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
- Sep 6 - 9, 2019 (4 days)
- Camping - $320.00 Dorm Yurt, Men's - $392.00 Dorm Yurt, Women's - $392.00 Commuting - $320.00 Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $432.00 Prajna Double - $580.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $700.00 Prajna Queen Single - $980.00
About This Event
A Storytelling, Writing, and Practice Retreat
As wisdom rises, women seek connection with each other and with inspiring stories of strong women who have gone before. Until recently, Buddhist women—particularly Buddhist laywomen—have had few role models to turn to for inspiration and guidance. This retreat will open a window to our foremothers: the “first” Buddhist women (Maya, Mahaprajapati Gautami, Sujata, Yashodhara, Mrigi, Sundarinanda, Siddhartha’s harem wives), and others, , including goddesses or yakshis who embody the sacred feminine and whose stories in the ancient Mahayana and Pali literature have been largely suppressed by patriarchy. These stories of mothers, wives, daughters, solitary spiritual aspirants, and upholders of the Dharma hold an essential place at the root of all Buddhist lineages and schools. Together they valorize the women who participated at the dawn of Buddhism, presenting a more complete and gender-balanced picture of what actually took place. Like hidden termas, these women’s stories have reemerged during this time of awakening and wisdom rising.
Together we will tell stories of Buddhism’s first women, weaving insights with contemporary meanings and our own lives, through discussion, practice (walking and sitting), and journaling in an open process of discovery and sharing.
This retreat is open to all who identify as women.
Praise for Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life
“Garling shows us how women had determining agency in creating the Buddhist movement, skillfully helping us extricate ourselves from the patriarchal version.”
— Robert Thurman, Columbia University
“The great and brave women who brought equality to the dharma shine through rare and rich stories of their lives.”
— Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
“A well-researched, intelligent, and sensitive retrieval of women’s lineage stories from the dawn of Buddhism.”
—Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University
“Empowers women to reclaim their shared Buddhist heritage.”
— Lion’s Roar
Suggested Dana: $160 – $200
"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