Tara Mandala is a vibrant international Buddhist Community with groups around the world. The heart of the community is the 700-acre retreat center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, home to the deepest mineral hot springs in the world. We offer a complete path of meditation practice, study, and from beginning instructions to deep retreat in the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Under the spiritual direction of Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom, Feeding Your Demons, Wisdom Rising,Tara Mandala is the home to a three-level Tara Temple dedicated to the sacred feminine.
In a chaotic and stressful world, the retreat center offers refuge, renewal and training in meditation practice. Meditation has a profound effect on the individual and its benefits emanate into the rest of the world. Today, opportunities for quiet contemplation are rare, and places dedicated to long-term retreat are even more scarce. We offer traditional Buddhist training through our residential Living Dharma program as well as group and solo retreats.
Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Tribal Land, the retreat center is on 700-acres of rolling hills and meadows adorned with many varieties of wildflowers, ponds, and forests. The land itself is a mandala with a stunning peak in the middle surrounded by four valleys. Retreat cabins are scattered across the landscape, and at its heart is the extraordinary three-story mandala Tara temple.
Lama Tsultrim Allione has studied Tibetan Buddhism under traditional teachers for more than 45 years. She was named Buddhist Woman of the Year in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand
Come experience the beauty and refuge of Tara Mandala. We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all people to explore the teachings of the Buddha, and we are committed to cultivating a community that values diversity.