Tara’s Triple Excellence Program: Inner Tara Sadhana Retreat
Lama Tenzin Sangpo
October 17 - 24
Gomde California is delighted to announce that Lama Tenzin will be leading us in a weeklong retreat on the practice of the Inner Tara Sadhana this October. Lama will offer detailed instruction on how to move through the sadhana, and we will practice together each day.
The inner Tara practice is part of the Third Excellence of Tara’s Triple Excellence practice program. Receiving these teachings from Lama Tenzin along with intensively practicing together will provide an excellent support as you move into part three of the Third Excellence.
The Inner Tara Sadhana retreat is related to the practice of yoga tantra. Yoga tantra is understood to be the connecting link between the lower and higher tantras. While the view of yoga tantra is nearly equal to that of the higher tantras, the outer conduct nonetheless retains the dietary restrictions, cleanliness, and proper conduct emphasized in kriya tantra. There is a marked emphasis on meditation and visualization practice.
To attend this retreat, students must have first received the Inner Tara empowerment, which Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gave on August 17 at Gomde California and August 26 at the Garrison Institute.
It is strongly encouraged that everyone attends the entire retreat. However, if you cannot remain for the entire time, you must attend for a minimum of three days in a row. Teachings on the sadhana will be given during the first half of the retreat. We will adhere to a fairly intense schedule of four sessions of sadhana practice each day. The first session will be before breakfast and the last will follow dinner, supplemented by teachings with Lama Tenzin.
Registration for the retreat will start at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 17th, followed by a teaching session with Lama Tenzin in the evening. The retreat will conclude after a half-day of practice on Tuesday, October 24th, at 12:00 pm.
If you are flying in for this retreat, or coming from afar, there are bus options to Legget from San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. However, transportation by bus is slow. If you will be arriving by bus, we invite you to come a day early (Oct 16).
We also encourage those who are driving to offer rides to fellow sangha members via our rideshare page: http://rideshare.gomde.us/
We look forward to seeing you at the first ever Inner Tara Sadhana retreat in North America. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Camping will be cool in mid October but is an option, and is the same price as staying in the dorm. Please choose the “dorm” option that fits your stay and note when registering you are reserving a camp site instead.
About the Teacher
A revered senior lama and chant master at Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal, Tenzin Sangpo received a rigorous monastic education and completed a traditional three-year retreat under Rinpoche’s guidance. Lama Tenzin is a key architect of the Tara’s Triple Excellence Online Meditation Program and travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas teaching the programs… more »