Wisdom Rising Dialogue Series

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
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  • Aug 16 - 18, 2019 (3 days)
  • Friday Evening Only - $30.00 Saturday Only - $75.00 Sunday Only - $75.00 Full 3 Day Event (price from 17th July) - $150.00 Full 3 Day Event Early Bird Price (until 16th July) - $108.00

About This Event

The Power of Leadership

Whether we look at the recent painful events that have transpired within individual Buddhist communities around sexual assault and misuse of power, or simply observe the results of old patterns of “command and control” currently used in places of leadership in our own communities, it is clear that dialogue is needed to uncover the ways in which unhealthy uses of power, privilege, and domination intersect and affect our daily lives. As Buddhist practitioners and as members of our local communities, how we can find tangible and practical solutions that can trigger positive change?

Inspired by the teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione on the importance of bringing the wisdom of the empowered and enlightened feminine into every aspect of our lives, the Wisdom Rising Dialogue Series offers an opportunity to reflect, interact, and engage in transformative discussions to awaken a new collective narrative that can advance positive change in our communities and societies.

As we mark our 25th Anniversary, we offer the first of a five-year series of gatherings where inspiring guest panelists will share their voice, vision, and wisdom in a weekend of constructive and supportive dialogue centered around a key subject of relevance to our communities in the West. In 2019, we will focus on leadership and power, asking questions such as:

What is the biggest challenge we face as we think of leadership and the use of power?

How can we provide a safe environment in our communities so that power is informed by wisdom and compassion?

What practical tools and guidance can we use to recognize the boundaries that can be created to foster healthy connections with leaders, teachers, and guides?

How can we as individuals identify problems, provide support and guidance, and prevent misuse of power by those in leadership roles?

And, how can we strive to be enlightened leaders using power coupled with wisdom and compassion?

We hope to inspire panelists and participants to:

Articulate and identify core challenges we face as a broad Western Buddhist community and society.

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Uncover and sketch a set of practices, tools, and plans that can advance positive, transformative change in our individual lives and in our broader communities.

Above all, collaborate and commit to create a shift from old paradigms and advance enlightened, inclusive, and compassionate ideas and patterns of collective engagement in our world.

This weekend of dialogue will include panel sessions and participant involvement. Every morning we will begin with a guided mindfulness meditation practice before centering our attention on this important and timely subject.

This event will take place at San Francisco Dharma Collective in San Francisco, CA.

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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 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)

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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