Generating Bodhicitta, the Heart of Compassion

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Jul 3 - 7, 2019 (5 days)
  • Camping - $425.00 Dorm Yurt, Men's - $515.00 Dorm Yurt, Women's - $515.00 Commuting - $425.00 Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $565.00 Prajna Double - $750.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $900.00 Prajna Queen Single - $1,250.00

About This Event

Generating Bodhicitta, the heart of compassion, is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings: it is the heartfelt wish to awaken for the benefit of all beings. During this retreat, Drubpön Lama Karma will provide instruction on how to develop the mind of Bodhicitta, which is an essential part of Mind Training (Lojong) as well as the sole and supreme practice—much needed in our times—of benefiting all sentient beings.

During this retreat Drubpön Lama Karma will teach from the text Bodhicitta: The Main Path to Enlightenment (སེམས་བསྐྱེད་བྱང་ཆུབ་གཞུང་ལམ།) by the great master, Karma Chagmé.

This retreat is open to all.

NOTE: On Saturday, July 6, we will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Tara Mandala with Lama Tsultrim, Lama Karma and others. This event is included with the registration for the retreat. There will be no teachings for Generating Bodhicitta, the Heart of Compassion on this day.

Suggested Dana: $200 – $250

"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)

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Why Retreat?

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

My inspiration is a desire to gain a deeper connection to and understanding of myself, something that I've been working hard on for so long and will continue to do in the future. I view a retreat as a wonderful way to focus entirely on this without the distractions of every day life! Nicola

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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