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Tara Mandala Retreat 2009, Prologue

The Community Building at Tara Mandala
The Community Building at Tara Mandala


I first met Lama Tsultrim Allione last September at a retreat on “Awakening through the Sacred Feminine” at Spirit Rock.  I felt an instant connection with her.  On the last day of that retreat, I told her that I’d like to study with her again.  She invited me to attend Kapala Training Level I, which was scheduled to coincide with my husband’s annual motorcycle trip with “the boys.”  I felt my karma unfolding, and wrote as much in my journal on that day.

And so, nine months later, I was flying to Colorado to attend Kapala I.

As I’ve done with previous retreats, I’m going to repost my paper journal here.  I will, however, omit the specific, detailed instructions on the meditative practices, out of respect for the teachings. I am not qualified to “transmit” the Tibetan practices I learned, and partial information can be a dangerous thing.

May all beings benefit!


Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo (Sandy Gougis) is a Zen Master and Priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order. She began studying Theravâdin Buddhism in 1998, adding Zen in 2003, and Vajrayana Buddhism in 2008. She currently practices in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. Her Zen teacher is Most Ven. Wonji Dharma of the Five Mountain Zen Order, and her Tibetan guru is Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala. In her free time, Myodo enjoys painting, jewelry making, and other creative endeavors.

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