With Polly Ryan, MA at For Goodness Sake



On-going classes
SUNDAY afternoons (see schedule below for times)

Wednesdays: 9:00am - 10:30am

Dates subject to change. Click here to check the Calendar for dates.

Click here to read about Program Support and Teacher Dana.
Click here for information about Polly.

Please email truckee@taramandala.org to receive
the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha newsletter.

Special Sunday Practice Sessions:

*On break this fall*

P'howa Practice Session
2:00 - 3:00 pm

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Green Tara Practice Session
2:00 - 3:00 pm

(confirm schedule on the FGS calendar)

Online class link: https://zoom.us/j/2243188178

These practice sessions are open to all with the transmission of the particular practice scheduled. The schedule and type of practice may vary periodically, so please check your recent newsletter (or FGS calendar) for the most current information. Suggested program support for this session is $10 - 12. Alternatively, please give within your means.

Click here for detailed information and explanation of Tsog.


SUNDAY open practice: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

*On break this fall*

Please check the FGS calendar for a detailed schedule.

Online class link: https://zoom.us/j/2243188178

Our meditation group focuses on two meditation practices as taught by Lama Tsultrim. Beginning students are welcome.

The first is the Prajna Paramita practice that teaches us to turn our out-going energy back inward, recognize the ground of being, return home and rest non-conceptually. Prajna Paramita is the Great Mother; she is luminous clarity that is full of compassion. She is a deity, a symbol, and a sutra. Above all, she is the teaching that guides us to the experience of prajna, or transcendent wisdom. Lama Tsultrim has condensed her 40 years of Vajrayana practice into a simple and complete Sadhana for cultivating the ultimate state of realization. This practice is accessible and straightforward, having each component leading naturally towards effortless resting in the Nature of Mind. Prajna Paramita is a core practice within the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha.

The second practice, Feeding Your Demons, is based on the Chod, a Tibetan Buddhist practice discovered by the eleventh-century yogini, Machig Labdron. This approach to life's difficulties, both inner and outer, is based on compassion rather than fear, on engagement rather than attack. These complimentary practices, Feeding Your Demons and Prajna Paramita, are skillful means to address our relative world and to discover our true condition.

The suggested program support for this class is $10 - 12. Alternatively, please give within your means.



Dates: Wednesdays, beginning September 5th– December 5th, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Location: For Goodness Sake and via the Internet
Lama Sarah Harding will be joining four of our sessions to answer questions and share her vast knowledge. Dates to be announced pending confirmation.
Suggested Program Support: $12-15 per session, or $120 - 150 for entire series.
Registration required, click here for details.
Please click here for more information about program support and teacher dana. Please give within your means.


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Chöd Book Study: Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd, A Complete Explanation of Casting Out the Body As Food, Translated and Introduced by Sarah Harding will be held
Wednesdays, September 5 - December 5, 2018 from 9 - 10:30 am.

This twelve-week examination of Sarah Harding’s translation of Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd, A Complete Explanation of Casting Out the Body As Food will provide a deepening understanding of the foundations of Chöd created by our studies and practice thus far.

Our sessions will begin with a Meditation Session and will be followed by an in- depth discussion of the text assigned for that week.

"Fear, anger, and negativity are states that each of us have to contend with. Machik's Complete Explanation, the most famous book of the teachings of Machik Lapdrön, the great female saint and yogini of eleventh- to twelfth-century Tibet, addresses these issues in a practical, direct way.

Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chöd, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces. Her unique feminine approach is to invoke and nurture the very "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation." https://www.shambhala.com/machik-s-complete-explanation-2790.html

Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom and founder of the Tara Mandala Retreat Center says, "Sarah Harding's masterful translation is a real gift to students of Chöd and this extraordinary woman teacher. It provides much new material, including intimate question-and-answer sessions between Machik and her disciples. The translation has such a fresh, living quality, you almost feel you are receiving teachings directly from Machik Lapdrön herself."

The series will run from Wednesday, September 5th through Wednesday, December 5th. Please join us for the entire series in person or online for this remarkable opportunity. Drop-ins are welcome!

Suggested program support for each session: $12 - 15; or $120 - 150 for the entire series. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register and receive the class link, please see instructions below.

Registration and Suggested Program Support:

Registration:  Please email ratnatruckee@taramandala.org to register. Please provide:

  • a good daytime phone number
  • preferred location (in person at For Goodness Sake, or online)?
  • how you learned about this book study
  • method of payment
  • whether or not you are signing up for the entire series or will be dropping in

Suggested Program Support: $12-15 per session, or $120 - 150 for entire series. Payment can be made by

  • Cash
  • Check: Make out to Tara Mandala, with TMNSS in memo line. Please mail to Susi Lippuner, PO Box 141, Truckee, CA 96160
  • Paypal: Enter ratnatruckee@taramandala.org in "Their email" window. Please use categories of "gift" or "send money to families and friends".

Offering Teacher Dana

  • Polly Ryan via check at PO Box 2315, Truckee, CA 96160 or Paypal.
  • Lama Sarah Harding via PayPal at s.harding@comcast.net

Location, Dates, and Remote Access:

This study will take place at For Goodness Sake in Truckee, CA for all who are able to attend in person. We meet online via Zoom for all those joining remotely. The remote access link will be provided upon completion of registration. Please indicate whether you are signing up for the entire series or whether you will be dropping in.

Meeting Dates:  We will meet weekly most Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific Time. Meeting dates are as follows:

- September 5, 12, 19, 26
- October 3, 10, 24, 31
- November 7, 14, 28
- December 5

Would you like to learn more about this healing practice of Chod?

Come learn about an ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice whose wisdom is particularly relevant for our modern society. Chöd, a Tibetan word that literally means “to cut”, offers a concrete method for the healing of addictions, traumas, and other “demons” in both our inner and outer worlds. The practice is based on turning towards those experiences that we would rather avoid with the understanding that healing comes from ending the internal fight with our “demons” by cutting through fear, fixation, and self-clinging.
This centuries-old practice is sung in Tibetan by the chodpa(s) while recipients relax on the floor. The practice is accompanied by the use of a traditional chöd drum that symbolizes the masculine and bell that represents feminine wisdom. Chodpas were traditionally called in when there were epidemics of infectious diseases and practiced in frightening places in order to transcend fear.


We join Lama Tsultrim's Call to Practice for addressing Climate Change.
As a Sangha, we will accumulate the mantra of 12th Tara Noble Lady Tara Tashi Donje according to
Lama Tsultrim's instructions, and record them for the global accumulation that is happening at this time.
No transmission is required!

Click here to see the mantra.

We would love to have you join your energies with ours as well as the global Sangha for this most important issue. Please post your mantra count on Lama Tsultrim Allione's public figure Facebook page
or send them to us for submission. _______________________________________________________________________________

About Polly

Polly Ryan, MA has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1991. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has also studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen, and other practices for over two decades. She has received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama in the late 1980's. Having met the educational and practice requirements of Lama Tsultrim’s Kapala Training in 2008, Polly is now certified as a Feeding Your Demons™ Therapist and utilizes this process as a vital and transformative therapeutic life tool to assist clients in feeding rather than fighting their inner blocks to healing, growth and transformation. Polly has practiced psychotherapy for over 30 years in Truckee, CA; and Reno, NV. She leads the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha at For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee.

For the benefit of our practitioner who has environmental sensitivities, please come to classes free of perfume and essential oils, products with fragrance (whenever possible) and avoid using fabric softener, Febreeze or similar products if at all possible. Thanks!

* A few words about "Dana"

Historically, the teachings of the Buddha have been offered freely so that all can benefit equally. Dana is the Pali word for generosity and refers here to our personal offerings in support of the spiritual teachings. The teacher donates time in service of the Dharma and receives only what the students’ offer. By supporting the teachings,
the teacher and the place where the teachings are held, we accrue great positive merit on our mind-stream and
as well as a positive karmic connection to the Dharma. Suggested Dana is $12-15 for the 9 - 10:30am session and $10 - 12 for the Special and Open Practice Sessions. Dana is divided equally between FGS, a scholarship fund to send a student to retreat at Tara Mandala, and the teacher. These suggested amounts are only to give you an idea of what a traditional donation might be and there is no required or minimum amount of Dana expected. Remember the precious teachings are priceless and the offering of Dana is an opportunity to practice the paramita of generosity. What is important is that you give generously in a heartfelt way and dedicate the merit to your own spiritual progression toward enlightenment and to genuine happiness and relief from suffering for all beings.

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