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Cittamani Tara Empowerment and Commentary

Event Description



October 18 – 21, 2018



Silence Level


What is it?

“Tara can solve many problems in your life: she can liberate you from untimely death; help you recover from disease; bring you success in business; help you find a job; and bring you wealth. When you have a really serious problem, such as a life-threatening disease, if you rely on Tara, commonly you will be freed from that problem, or you will recover from that disease… These are common experiences… Tara’s meditation practice is quick to grant success in obtaining the ultimate happiness of enlightenment.”

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Kopan 1987)

Cittamani Tara, is a highest yoga tantra form of Tara, seen as an embodiment of active compassion and promises assistance when called upon. Tara the liberator removes obstacles and empowers us to reach enlightenment within this very body, this very life. The practice of Cittamani Tara, the heart jewel or wish fulfilling jewel, is a body mandala that focuses on the winds, channels and drops of the divine body.

This retreat is not open to those who are doing the practice of Shugden (which has been strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

Prerequisites and commitments
  • Please see Prerequisites tab.
Suggested Reading
Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 18 October 2018 to 21 October 2018

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Teacher Bio

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang JampaKhensur Rinpoche is one of the last generation of Tibetan Buddhist scholars to begin their educational careers in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion. He has played an instrumental role in the reestablishment and preservation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions in exile, and in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Highly regarded for his scholarship and depth of religious practice, Rinpoche teaches frequently in New York, Washington D.C., and at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL), a Tibetan Buddhist center in Connecticut, where he hosted a visit from the Dalai Lama in 2012. He is abbot emeritus of Gyumed Tantric College, head of Mey College’s Thewo regional house at Sera Monastery—one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in exile—and Spiritual Director of DNKL where he resides.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible.  Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result.  The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.

Option A Option B
Dorm $500 $639
Semi-private room $542 $680
Private room $752 $886
Private room – extra person $462 $597
Cabin $899 $1,030
Cabin – extra person $483 $659
Camping $386 $474
Commuting $252 $371


A prior highest yoga tantra initiation is required.

Rinpoche has asked that students attending the retreat must accept the commitment of doing the Uncommon Guru Yoga of Cittamani Tara.


We want to make retreat available to everyone. With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at