Tara Mandala

4000 USFS Rd. #649
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Website: taramandala.org

Description of Organization

Tara Mandala is an international Buddhist Community centered at Tara Mandala Retreat Center in the mountains of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The organization is guided by Lama Tsultrim Allione and her Tibetan teachers to foster the development of innate wisdom for the benefit of all beings.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, A Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $17,500 was awarded to provide general support for the work of Tara Mandala. As an organization, Tara Mandala seeks to propel its programs toward a future where women-centric initiatives thrive and where the spiritual and organizational development of women is celebrated and supported. The general funding will be used for further programmatic developments to enhance outreach and establish additional group practice sessions, community discussion forums, and gatherings.

Brief Program Descriptions:

1) The Mandala Method – Based on the development of the Wisdom Rising course work that was first introduced in 2019. The forthcoming Mandala Method Certification Program will guide individuals through deep work and practice with the mandala and certify them to be able to use mandala work one-on-one with clients.

2) Magyu: The Mother Lineage – This path is open to all people and women in particular find inspiration and support in these teachings. Emphasizing the sacred feminine, Magyu practices empower practitioners to connect with the strength of the feminine within their lives. The program is thoughtfully crafted to be both challenging and adaptable, allowing individuals to persist on their spiritual journey amid life’s fluctuations, including the transitions of motherhood, health challenges, work adjustments, and more.

3) Skymind – This course of study and practice is based on the direct texts and teachings of Machig Labdrön. As a seminal Tibetan female teacher, Machig’s life and teachings are a powerful example and inspiration to female practitioners today. Skymind brings to light Machig’s nature of mind teachings in ways that are accessible to a modern audience with direct applicability to everyday life and the cultivation of embodied, awakened compassion.

4) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Buddhism – Embodying equity, this pilot program integrates Vajrayana Buddhist philosophy and practices to stimulate transformative change in thoughts and unconscious biases. The holistic anti-racism and cultural literacy training offers a cognitive and effective learning process, equipping participants with tools to confront and dissolve biases and understand cultural nuances.

In 2014, a Women in Buddhism grant was awarded to assist in launching a collaborative conference in 2015 aimed at exploring the sacred feminine in Buddhism.  The vision of the conference was to integrate the sacred feminine into the teaching and practice of Buddhism and restore the balance of ancient wisdom in the modern world. 

In 2013, A “mini-grant” in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to support the preparation for an international, collaborative women’s conference in 2016.