ONLINE • White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

February 6–7, 2021

9:30 am - 4:00 pm Mountain Time

Prices
  • $75.00 – Subsidized Tuition
  • $150.00 – Standard Tuition
  • $200.00 – Supporting Tuition

This weekend retreat introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness the suffering of beings through her seven eyes. She is said to soothe fear, calm anguish, heal suffering—both individual and communal—and extend life. This is a lineage practice particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened.

White Tara practices have long been popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities; this particular short practice was composed years ago by Sakyong Mipham to soothe illness, disharmony, and suffering in the Shambhala community.

Schedule

Saturday February 6, and Sunday February 7, 2021

Pacific Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Mountain Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Central Time: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Eastern Time: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Of course, you may join from any timezone.

Tiered Pricing & Scholarships

This program offers tiered pricing to accommodate most instances of financial need. If you would be unable to attend at the subsidized tuition rate, we do have scholarships available. Please apply here.  Applications will be accepted through Saturday, January 30, 2021.

If you are able to register at the “Supporter” level, thank you for supporting the ability for others to attend this retreat.

Registration

Please click the “register now” button above to register. Registration will close two hours before the beginning of the program.

Recording

This program will be recorded for the presenter’s learning and archival purposes only. Participants will not receive the recording, nor will the recording be made public at any point.

Prerequisite

This weekend retreat is open to practitioners who have a grounding in mindfulness meditation (at least one year) and who are ready to commit to a compassion practice. Refuge vows are required for those who wish to continue the practice long-term.

Teacher

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Program Details

This virtual retreat will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, a link to join the retreat will be sent to you via email.