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Tara Mandala celebrates 20 years with special summer events

By Aron Stein
Special to The PREVIEW

Deep in the mountains of Pagosa Country, the Buddhist retreat center Tara Mandala will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Several commemorative events are taking place between June and September.

June 11-14, Tara Mandala hosted the renowned teacher and Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. She spent 12 years in spiritual retreat living in a cave in the Himalayas. Her biography can be found in Vicki Mackenzie’s book, “Cave in the snow: Tenzin Palmo’s quest for enlightenment.” She and the founder of Tara Mandala, Lama Tsultrim Allione, have known each other for over 40 years.

During the weekend of July 25, the internationally acclaimed singer Krishna Das will visit Tara Mandala. Krishna Das and Lama Tsultrim Allione have known each other since they met in Bodhgaya, India in 1971. Together they will share their spiritual journeys through stories and teachings. Krishna Das will hold a concert on Saturday evening, July 26.

The weekend of Sept. 18-21 will celebrate the founder’s of Tara Mandala with music from Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan and ARIA best Folk/World/Traditional Album winner Yungchen Lhamo. On Friday, there will be a traditional Chöd Feast with musical offerings. A concert with Peter Rowan and Yungchen Lhamo will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. A special benefactors’ reception will be held with a raffle and silent auction.

For more information, go to: www.TaraMandala.org.

About Lama Tsultrim Allione

One of the first American women to be ordained as a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 1970, Lama Tsultrim lived as a nun in the Himalayas, studying, and practicing with preeminent Tibetan Buddhist teachers. She wrote the groundbreaking book “Women of Wisdom” and the internationally recognized national bestseller book “Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict.” Lama Tsultrim’s lifework has been dedicated to integrating “the divine feminine” in Buddhism and reinvigorating the 11th century lineage of Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön.

About Tara Mandala

Tara Mandala is an international community of Buddhist practitioners who meet regularly for meditation and teachings throughout the United States and Europe. Tara Mandala’s home base is in Pagosa Springs at 7,500 feet altitude on 700 breathtaking acres. The primary retreat center was inspired by a dream Lama Tsultrim had while living in the Himalayas during the 1970s. She envisioned developing a tranquil Tibetan hub in the west, offering a unique opportunity for quiet contemplation and a respite from today’s frenetic world. To find a group or for more information, visit www.taramandala.org.

This story was posted on June 19, 2014.