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Special Retreat: Garland of Jewels — Advanced Teachings

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Aug 24 - 29, 2019 (6 days)
  • Camping - $480.00 Commuting - $480.00 Dorm Yurt, Men's - $588.00 Dorm Yurt, Women's - $588.00 Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $648.00 Prajna Double - $870.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $1,050.00 Prajna Queen Single - $1,470.00 Tent Cabin Sin

About This Event

In response to a special request from Lama Tsultrim Allione, during this unique retreat, Drubpön Lama Karma will provide teachings on supplementary texts to the Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa) chöd tradition. This may be the only opportunity for our sangha to receive these specific teachings which complement and enhance the practice of the Garland of Jewels.

Teachings will be given on the following texts:

   The Chöd Tradition of One Hundred Torma Offerings

   The Chöd Tradition of Six Kinds of Services

   Overcoming the Obstacles of the Four Elements

With the Chöd Tradition of One Hundred Torma Offerings, practitioners offer one hundred tormas to maras on behalf of those who are facing hardships, such as people with medical issues.

With the Chöd Tradition of Six Kinds of Services, practitioners offer one’s flesh and blood as services to maras to overcome any obstacles, especially health related obstacles.

With Overcoming the Obstacles of the Four Elements, practitioners balance inner body elements such as flesh, blood, heat and breath with their respective outer elements such as earth, water, fire and air to retain their health.

The Chöd practices that are associated with these texts are supplementary practice to the Garland of Jewels composed by His Holiness the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. They are practiced in monasteries and nunneries across Tibet, Bhutan and India. In the words of Drubpön Lama Karma, “everyone who engages in Rinchen Trengwa should have both textual knowledge of these texts and the practices that come with them.”

We encourage those who have received prior teachings on the Rinchen Trengwa (Garland of Jewels) chöd tradition and its practice to attend.

This retreat is Open To All but some background with Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana is recommended.

Participants will need to have a Chod drum and bell (and kangling if you have one), all of which can be purchased at our Dakini Store before or when you arrive. Dharma attire is also encouraged. This includes anything white and/or in the red color spectrum between deep purple to pink including red. We have these available for purchase in the shop or for hire at registration for a $30 deposit which will be returned to you at the end of the retreat with the return of whatever you have borrowed. You are also free to wear any clothes you have in this color spectrum as long as they cover your arms and legs.

Suggested Dana: $240 – $300

"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.

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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.

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