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Online: Green Tara Retreat with Ven. Sangye Khadro

July 3 - July 10

A photo of the Green Tara tsa-tsa.Spend a week of Retreat from Afar with

Green Tara and Ven. Sangye Khadro

over Livestream and Zoom


Find schedule info, course material, and platform access on the Guide to Abbey Online Programs page.

Ven. Sangye Khadro leads the Abbey’s annual one-week retreat. Join us for meditation on Green Tara, embodiment of the enlightening influence of all the Buddhas. In his advice about practices to mitigate the COVID pandemic, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommends chanting Tara’s mantra. (See the article.)

Ven. Sangye Khadro will also teach on selected verses from Chapter 9—the wisdom chapter—of Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. A translation of Shantideva’s Chapter 9 and the Green Tara practice will be provided for retreat participants. Watch for this after July 1.

For centuries practitioners have turned to Tara—a feminine embodiment of enlightenment—for protection from both internal and external dangers, from fire and disease to anger and ignorance. The main purpose for practicing Tara meditation is to free us from all sufferings and their causes and bring us to liberation and awakening.

The retreat will include teachings, daily practice sessions, and facilitated discussions

Three Ways to Join in

  • Join for one week – July 3-10 – All sessions (schedule below) – registration required
  • Join for long weekend – July 3-6 – All sessions (schedule below) – registration required
  • Join as you can on Vimeo Livestream only – No need to register

To get the most from this experience, we encourage you to create a retreat environment in your home—either for the whole week or at least for the opening weekend. We will post guidelines for how to do that before the retreat.  If you can’t do the full retreat, please join as you can.

To participate in the Discussion Groups you must register and attend all the teachings. Use this form: Green-Tara-Retreat-Registration.

 All Dharma programs are offered freely, and your offerings are welcomed. Make your retreat offering here.

Read about our economy of generosity.

Close-up of smiling nun.A message from Ven. Sangye Khadro”

“It is recommended that those who join this retreat are familiar with Tibetan Buddhist practice—both the practice of visualizing deities and reciting prayers and mantras, and the practice of analytical meditation on the Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment)—because the daily meditation sessions will include both of these elements.””

“Some of the daily talks will include an explanation of the Tara practice, but it would be helpful to have some familiarity with such practices beforehand. Read about the Tara practice in How to Free your Mind: Tara the Liberator, by Ven. Thubten Chodron.

“If you are not familiar with analytic meditation, but sincerely wish to join the retreat, I advise you to read parts 3, 4, and 5 in Ven. Thubten Chodron’s, Open Heart Clear Mind (Snow Lion Publications) and/or parts 4 and 5 in How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald (Wisdom Publications). Both books are available from Amazon, etc.

“Some of the daily talks will be on Chapter 9 of Shantideva’s  Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. The topic of this chapter is emptiness, the final mode of existence of all things. This is one of the most advanced and difficult topics in Buddhism, so be prepared for a challenge! 

“Again, some familiarity with more basic Buddhist teaching—the Four Noble Truths and the Lam Rim—is recommended, but the book Open Heart Clear Mind will provide some of that basic material.”

Retreat Schedule – All times are Pacific Time

Friday, July 3

6:15 pm             Teaching with Ven. Sangye Khadro – Vimeo Livestream

Saturday – Thursday, July 4-9

5:30 – 7:00 am     Preliminary prayers and Green Tara practice – Vimeo Livestream

9:00 – 10:30         Teaching with Ven. Sangye Khadro – Vimeo Livestream

11:00 – 11:45       Guided Tara meditation practice – Vimeo Livestream

2:30 – 4:00           Guided Tara meditation practice – Vimeo Livestream (Sat, Mon, Weds)

                               Discussion groups — Zoom (Sun, Tues, Thurs)

4:30 – 5:45           Teachings with Ven. Sangye Khadro – Vimeo Livestream

Friday, July 10

5:30 – 7:00          Preliminary prayers and Green Tara practice – Vimeo Livestream

9:00 – 10:30       Teaching with Ven. Sangye Khadro – Vimeo Livestream

California-born, Ven. Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in 1974, and took full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. She has studied Buddhism with many great masters including  Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She  began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She is the author several books, including How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing. Read more about her.

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