Luminous Emptiness 1: Understanding the tibetan book of the dead

About This Event

a study group with 

 chandra easton & robin gayle

Date: january 26 - march 23

Time: every other sunday

1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23 

10:30 - 1:00pm

hosted by the tara mandala bay area sangha

this series will be a guided study group of the book luminous emptiness: understanding the tibetan book of the dead by francesca fremantle. meetings will include guided meditation, a tea break, and discussion. studying this text will be a wonderful preparation for lama tsultrim’s upcoming bay area teachings on april 4 - 6 on the zhitro practice, which is a tibetan buddhist practice used to help those who have died.

from the back cover of luminous emptiness....

"in luminous emptinesss, francesca fremantle presents the classic tibetan book of the dead not as a scripture to be read to the dying but as a guide fro the living. fremantl, who worked closely with chogyam trungpa on the 1975 translation of the original text, brings the expertise of a lifetime of study to rendering this intriguiging classic more accessible and meaningful."

please purchase the book at your local book store prior to the first class.

location:

berkeley center for natural medicine

2730 telegraph ave.

berkeley, ca 94705

course fee:

by donation, no pre-registration required... drop-ins welcome

suggested donation: $15 - 25 per class

cash or check accepted

no one turned away for lack of funds

chandra will co-lead this series with tara mandala authorized teacher, robin gayle.

 

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.

Accommodations

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.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Directions

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).

tibetan buddhism

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  • Doris Hintsteiner   June 19, 2019

      Retreats

    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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