PRACTICES

PRACTICES 


Our practices are rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, which comprises the three main phases of Buddhist thought and practice: the early teachings of the Buddha (Foundational Vehicle), the Mahayana (Great Vehicle) and the Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle). Essentially, our focus is on cultivating compassion and wisdom, and being of service to others. Lama Tsultrim Allione, author and international teacher, is the founder or our practice community and has developed our curriculum based on her many years of traditional study with Tibetan masters and her own realization born of many years of practice, retreat, and teaching in the West.

Although many of our practice meetings have prerequisites, our goal is to provide teachings and make the practices accessible to all levels of practitioners. Please join our newsletter and refer to our calendar to see when teachings and transmissions are being offered. You can also email us for more info.

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Practice Descriptions 
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Live Online Practices



Tara Mandala Bay Area and other Satellite Sanghas  are offering more online practice opportunities. Some of these will be classes with authorized teachers such as Lopön Chandra Easton , while others will be peer led practices by long-term sangha leaders. Please see below and join us!

All the following will be offered via the Zoom platform (you'll find zoom links in descriptions):
for more practices offered around the country click here: 


Well of Being Wednesdays  
With Lopon Chandra and Eve Ekman

Every Wednesday, join us at the “Well of Being” where Chandra and Eve offer contemporary translations of ancient Tibetan Buddhist tools coupled with modern psychology for cultivating concentration, emotion awareness, insight, and compassion. As guides, Chandra and Eve respectively draw from their expertise as lead instructors in experiential and evidenced based trainings for emotion transformation, Feeding Your Demons® and Cultivating Emotional Balance. Reveal the healing source of your inner well-being through meditation, contemplation, and discussion.


Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm via ZOOM

Join using this link: http://bit.ly/sfdharma 
Password to log in: 108108
or 301-715-8592 to join by phone

Meeting ID: 545 039 806 

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Parchangma Chod
Practice sessions will resume after a hiatus. Come practice together if you know it or receive the Chod as a healing practice. All are welcome.

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21 Tara Practice Guided Meditation
Fridays with Lopön Chandra 10-11am PT: Chandra will offer a short teaching and guided practice on one of the 21 Tara practice. She will explore the different manifestations of Tara and find her in our own life. She offers a short teaching and time for council circle. For more information: Guided meditation practice is open to all...click here for registration:


Due To COVID 19 Safety Protocols All In Person Practices are Cancelled until Further Notice

The Mandala of the 
Five Wisdom Dakinis Practice

No Sangha practices are scheduled at this time


The Dakini Mandala creates a sacred geography within the psyche leading toward the realization of the innate perfection of the world. The mandala is a blueprint for sacred reality on every level. Ritually, aesthetically, and symbolically it expresses the inherent purity of all existence, and embodiment as a path to liberation. Through the mandala, the psyche is provided with a container and structure for transformation and architecture of enlightened experience. In this practice, we explore through color, light, sound and visualization how our human emotions are the very seeds for our own transformation and enlightenment. Pre-requisites: must have learned the practice from Lama Tsultrim or an authorized teacher.



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Feeding Your Demons®


No Sangha practice sessions are scheduled at this time.

Inspired by the Tibetan spiritual practice of Chöd, Feeding Your Demons® is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione to befriend and transform negative emotions, fears, physical and mental illness, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors. Feeding Your Demons® is a foundational practice in our sangha. At our sangha practice sessions you will have the option of doing either partner or solo work. Courses on learning how to do solo and partner work are offered locally throughout the year and at Tara Mandala during the retreat season (April-Oct). Please refer to our courses page for our schedule.

Pre-requisites:  It is highly recommended that serious practitioners attend a teaching session with Lama Tsultrim, Chandra Easton or another authorized teacher to receive the benefits of the practice. However, those who have read Lama Tsultrim's book, Feeding Your Demons, and who have done at least three Feeding Your Demons sessions on their own may attend the sangha practice sessions.  

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Prajña Paramita Practice
 

No Sangha practice sessions are scheduled at this time.

Prajña Paramita is the Great Mother. She is luminous clarity that is full of compassion. She is a deity, a symbol, and a sutra. Above all, she is the teaching that guides us to the experience of prajña, or wisdom, which is the capacity to perceive the ineffable vastness of basic space. The Prajña Paramita practice from Lama Tsultrim Allione is a nature of mind practice which requires transmission. Prajña Paramita is a foundational practice in our sangha. We offer courses locally throughout the year in the Bay Area and at Tara Mandala during the retreat season (April-Oct).  

Pre-requisites: at least two years of meditation or internal arts practice (i.e. Chi kung, Tai chi, or yoga) and must have received transmission from Lama Tsultrim, Chandra Easton, or other authorized teacher.



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 Chöd

The Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Chöd came to this great Dzogchen master in a dream. Chöd is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist tradition of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung and is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, based on nurturing not fighting what assails us, giving rise to the awareness of the empty nature of afflictive emotions. Pre-requisites: This practice is open to all. People who have learned the practice can join in and anyone can come and receive the healing energy of the practice.

The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). This practice is sung and is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, based on nurturing not fighting what assails us, giving rise to the awareness of the empty nature of afflictive emotions. Pre-requisites: This practice is open to all. People who have learned the practice can join in and anyone can come and receive the healing energy of the practice.