Kapala Training Level I: Feeding your Demons with Pieter Oosthuizen & Charlotte Rotterdam

Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

May 27–June 1, 2011

Tuition $260 + 5 nights

Feeding your Demons is a powerful and profound method for working with rather than fighting the obstacles, conflicts, and challenges of our lives. By meeting our fears and obsessions and nurturing their underlying needs, we allow them to transform into allies, insight and wisdom. Drawing on traditional practices and teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this process was developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, a Western Buddhist teacher and author of Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict.

This extended retreat also introduces the Prajna Paramita meditation practice which invites us to awaken to the ultimate nature of mind. A concise and profound practice developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, this meditation fosters a spacious view to hold the personal work of Feeding your Demons. Our time together will also allow for deepening and expanding our understanding of the Feeding your Demons process, including partnering and ally work. The retreat includes teachings, sitting meditation, discussion, and practice in the actual process of Feeding your Demons, so that it may become of use to us on a daily basis. No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation is necessary.

The full retreat constitutes a Kapala Level I training, the first in a series of four in-depth trainings in Feeding your Demons, Prajña Paramita and the lineage of Machig Labdrön, developed by Lama Tsultrim. Completion of Kapala Training Level I qualifies participants to continue studying with Lama Tsultrim Allione in higher training levels.

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Pieter Oosthuizen and Charlotte Rotterdam are senior students of Lama Tsultrim Allione and have been teaching Feeding your Demons, Prajna Paramita and meditation for the last five years. They are committed to integrating the vast view offered by these teachings with practical applications to daily life. A long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Pieter received his Law degree in his native South Africa. Charlotte received her Masters from Harvard Divinity School and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University. Former executive directors of Tara Mandala Retreat Center, Pieter and Charlotte serve currently on the Board of Directors.

Charlotte Rotterdam

Charlotte Rotterdam teaches Buddhism and meditation in the US and abroad, and was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione. She is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. The mother of two boys, she has published essays on the intersection of spiritual practice and motherhood in Mandala and in an anthology, Fearless Nest. Charlotte received her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School..

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a senior student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and has been teaching Feeding your Demons, Prajna Paramita and meditation for the last five years. He is committed to integrating the vast view offered by these teachings with practical applications to daily life. A long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Pieter received his Law degree in his native South Africa. Former executive director of Tara Mandala Retreat Center, he currently serves on its Board of Directors.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.