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Lopön Chandra Easton

The Practice of Chod – Instructions from the 11th Century by the Tibetan Yogini Machig Labdron online

Tuesday 13. April 2021, 18:00 Uhr - Sunday 18. April 2021, 15:00 Uhr; 5 days
Course language: English , Translation to: Deutsch

Lopön Chandra Easton is lead authorized teacher by Lama Tsültim Alione and Assistant Spiritual Director of – Tara Mandala USA

Come learn about one of the greatest women Buddhist teachers from Tibet and learn her ancient meditative practice called Chöd or “Severance.” 

Chöd is a unique blend of Buddhist teachings and Tibetan Shamanic practices. This centuries-old practice, which is sung and accompanied by the use of a Chöd drum and bell, is a potent method for releasing self-grasping, which the Buddha taught as the source of suffering. Machig Labdrön’s inspiring life story and teachings will also be shared throughout the course of the retreat.

In this retreat, you will learn the beautiful and concise Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Chöd, which came to this great Dzogchen Master in a dream. This retreat is open to new and returning students and is a great opportunity for those who already know the practice to strengthen both their understanding and their drumming skills.  

All are welcome.

bring: chöd drum, bell and vajra


Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher and translator, studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB’s religious studies department at which time she co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection, published by Vimala Publishing, 2012.

From the very beginning of her Buddhist studies, Lopön Chandra recognized the profound need to bring forth the voice of the sacred feminine in Buddhist theory and practice. Due to this, in 1999 during her first pregnancy, she met and then later began to study with Lama Tsultrim Allione, pioneering female Buddhist teacher, national best selling author, and founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center.

Lopön Chandra is the Assistant Spiritual Director and Lead Authorized Teacher at Tara Mandala Retreat Center. She serves on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, develops programs and curricula for Tara Mandala, as well as teaches nationally and internationally. In September of 2015, during the final day of the White Dakini Drubchen, Lopön Chandra was enthroned as the Dorje Lopön (Vajra Teacher) of Tara Mandala under Lama Tsultrim Allione and given the name Lopön Yeshe Dawa Zangmo by H.E. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who presided over the ceremony with Lama Tsultrim.

Lopön Chandra has had the good fortune to study with many Tibetan and Western Buddhist teachers such as H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Karmapa, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, B. Alan Wallace, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, Drubpön Lama Karma, and Lama Pema Dorje.

Lopön Chandra is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently living in Durango, Colorado, USA, with her family.



Course Registration

The Dana for the teacher is not included in the course fee and can be given by each participant individually during the course.

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COVID-19 pandemic
The association Ganden Chökhor is facing an existential challenge due to the loss of overnight income during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, many members of the Sangha are also facing great financial problems. People who cannot afford the full course fee due to the COVID-19 pandemic can contact corona@ganden.ch before course registration. A reduction of the course fee including Dana of 50% of the full price can be arranged. (CHF 100 for the current course)

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Better situated participants now have the opportunity to support the event as event sponsors. The Ganden Chökhor Association would like to thank all sponsors and helpers who make it possible for us to continue to run the center and to have digital access to Lodro Rinpoche's teachings in these difficult times! Further information...

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13. April, 18:00
18. April, 15:00
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Ganden Chökhor
Pradaschier 20
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