Tara, Mother of Liberation: Deepening Our Fearless Compassion (an SF Nalandabodhi Presentation)

with Lee Worley

March 4th—March 6th (2016)

Date details +
  • $50 Program Price
  • $25 Other Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Presented by SF Nalandabodhi

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we are now able to offer these precious teachings at a reduced cost so that more of us can experience the dharma.

The new suggested donations are as follows:

Friday night only:  $25

Saturday all day:  $50

Sunday only:  $15-$25

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Friday and Saturday program plus Sunday Dharma Arts Salon

The story of Tara, mother of all the enlightened ones, has as much meaning and importance today as it did when her practice originated.  Foremost among the feminine Buddhist lineage, Tara clears away fears and overpowering negative emotions, enabling all beings to reach enlightenment.

During this evening and day of meditation-in-action we will combine teachings and discussion with practice. We will use a short Tara practice composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, which can help us overcome fear and anxiety, enabling us to open up our own heart of compassion.

Please join us in an exploration of Tara’s profound teachings and practices.


Sunday Afternoon Dharma Arts Salon & Reception

Magic lies in the state of mind of the artist. This magic is wakeful magic. The artist's mind is able to tune into a certain balance or wakefulness…
–Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

On Sunday afternoon, San Francisco Shambhala and SF Bay Area Nalandabodhi will co-host a dharma arts salon.  Lee Worley (theater), Alex Van Gils (music) and Nancy Hom (visual arts) will give brief talks on dharma and art.  We will do sense perception work with Lee; make collaborative musical compositions with Alex; and create art with Nancy for her Tara-inspired mandala. 

There will also be music, and refreshments will be served.



photo portrait of Lee Worley

Lee Worley has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over 40 years.  She is a senior teacher in both the Shambhala and Nalandabodhi traditions.  In Nalandabodhi, she is part of the Mitra Council, a group of Western teachers appointed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  “Mitra” is derived from the Sanskrit kalyanamitra, meaning spiritual friend.

Lee is a professor of Performance at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she teaches Performance and Contemplative Education.  During the 1960s she was a founding member, actress, and director with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre in New York City before moving west. Lee is the author of Coming From Nothing:  The Sacred Art of Acting (Turquoise Dragon Press, 2001).


Friday, March 4 Talk:  7 to 9 PM
Saturday, March 5 Workshop Sessions: 9 to 11:30 AM; 1 to 3 PM; 3:30 to 5:30 PM
Sunday, March 6 Dharma Arts Salon and Reception:  2 to 5 PM

Pre-registration closes March 1, 2016.
If you do not pre-register, payment at event must be by cash or check only.

For more information on San Francisco Bay Area Nalandabodhi, please e-mail [email protected]
For more information on Nalandabodhi and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche visit www.nalandabodhi.org






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