Join us for our third Green Tara Retreat at our Denver center. Allison Choying Zangmo will offer this program, including teachings on Patrul Rinpoche's Nine Criteria and Considerations for Benefitting Beings.
This retreat will be held in person in Denver only. Canadian & East coast sangha can participate in accumulations and online teachings by meeting at OKL Canada in Montreal to practice together. Those not able to attend in person may register for Allison's teachings only. These will be streamed at 2-3:15pm each day (and available to watch later) for those who choose this registration option.
April 14-16, 2023
Daily Schedule (MST)
9:00am -- Gentle Yoga
10-12- Lunch break
2- 3:15pm -- Afternoon teachings (available online for those who register for this option
3:15-4:30pm - Afternoon session conclusion
*Tsok will be offered on Saturday, time TBA
$175 monthly members- in person Denver
$185 nonmembers - in person Denver
$150 - in person Canada center, participating remotely as a group
$75- Online access to teachings only (daily 2-3:15pm MST)
*If you require financial assistance to attend, please contact TomK@orgyenkhamdroling.org
Our sangha's special connection with Tara:
Tara, the Mother of all Buddhas, called the Swift Liberator, vowed to work for the benefit of sentient beings in female form until the end of samsara. Each of the 21 major forms of Tara offers a feminine attribute of ultimate benefit to all who ask for her assistance. In her form as Green Tara, she is exquisitely beautiful and extends her leg in readiness for action. She offers protection from fear and the obstacles of daily life both large and small.
Tara has also been said to be born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara when he despaired of being able to liberate all beings in samsara. She vowed to always assist him in his great compassionate activity.
Tara is the uncommon deity of Tsara Dharmakirti, Anyen Rinpoche’s root lama. After the terrible political situation that arose in Tibet in 1959, Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche was unable to continue teaching the Dharma. Rinpoche was imprisoned for many years, where he used the conditions around him to meditate on the nature of samsara and practice the union of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta.
While he was still in prison, Rinpoche had an auspicious vision of a pure realm where he met Green Tara. Upon seeing Green Tara, Rinpoche prayed with deep devotion and meditated on pure appearances, and suddenly a rolled piece of paper appeared in Green Tara’s hand. At first, the number seven appeared on the parchment, but as Rinpoche continued to pray, it revealed the words of a prophecy. The prophecy said that after 20 years, the Dharma would once again be able to be practiced in Tibet just as a tiny spark can be fanned into flames. The vision gave Rinpoche great courage and filled him with even stronger faith, and his practice of meditation became even more diligent as a result.