Key West Tara Mandala
      A Tibetan Buddhist Sangha
       May All Beings Benefit
Key West Tara Mandala is a Florida Keys Tibetan Buddhist 
Sangha (community) within the teaching lineage of 
Lama Tsultrim Allione 
and led by Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel).

All are welcome.

Saturday, May 12th 10:00-Noon Nature Chapel of Key West Botanical Garden
Deity Practice, Embodiment, Symbols and the Mandala

Lama Tsultrim says of the Mandala practice, This practice is from the Vajrayana (path of transformation) and it is a practice of embodiment. It is through the process of changing our view of ourselves as an "entity" (self) and transforming it into an "energy" (dakini) we awakening to our true nature. We become all five dakinis and experience the embodiment of the five wisdoms."

Please join Ellen Yeshe and the sangha as we explore Vajrayana deity practice and the use of symbols for transformation. Let's discuss how these images in our mandala practice open the door to our experience of our true nature.

"The Eightfold Path is really the essential teaching of the Buddhist Path". 

The Eightfold Path is the Buddha's "recipe" for ending suffering.  
How do you do it?  
This is how you do it!

So if we actually follow the Eightfold Path, we would reach enlightenment, we would reach a state of awakening.  This was how the Buddha said to do it.  so if we were to just take the Eightfold Path and say, "Okay, that's what I'm going to do, I'm just going to foll these guidelines of the Eightfold Path, " that could be a very powerful and complete path.  This is something that's really important to get an idea about, to have some knowledge of, and to think about, to contemplate, this Eightfold Path because it's really the core of what the Buddha said to do.

   -- Lama Tsultrim Allione

Ellen Booth Church 
(Yeshe Chopel
is an educator and writer and 
30-year practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.  She is the teacher for the Key West Tara Mandala sangha and travels the world spreading the Dharma of Buddhist teachings.

General  Meditation Schedule
(subject to change)


On ZOOM Only
June Through August

Scheduling can change 

A Tara Mandala Florida Keys Fall Series
 In the Nature Chapel
of the Key West Botanical Garden
and on ZOOM

The Lojong Teachings: Tibetan Mind Training

Saturdays 10:00- Noon:
  • Oct. 5th, 12th,19th, 26th,
  • Nov. 2nd , 9th 16th, 23rd     

We are happy to be returning to the Nature Chapel for “in person” gatherings and will continue with Zoom for our online members.

Throughout the months of October and November Tara Mandala Florida Keys will focus on these simple but powerful teachings in the Saturday classes.
Each class stands alone so one can attend any or all of the sessions.
Lojong (literally, "mind training") cultivates realization in emptiness and compassion. This practice-oriented series introduces the Mahayana slogans of Atisha, a 10th century Buddhist master, whose teachings left a deep imprint on all Tibetan lineages.

Each class will focus on Prajna Paramita  or Tonglen Meditation plus a short discussion of one or more of the Lojong Slogans.  These slogans are simple sentences  (sometime called pith instructions) that invite us to look at our minds and how we view our lives.

The Lojong slogans remind us to pause and observe our mind and heart when we experience our everyday challenges.
These teachings help us to connect to our world in a more positive way, and by using the meditation, we can bring a gentle awareness to our habitual reactions when we feel threatened or fearful. The practical meditations and teaching of this series can be used every day in our lives, especially with those people and situations that challenge us the most!
Sample Slogans include:
·      Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life.
·      Be grateful to everyone.?-
·      Don’t ponder others.?
·      Always meditate on what causes resentment.
·      Don’t expect applause.

"All major religious traditions carry 
basically the same message, 
that is love, compassion and forgiveness . . . 
the important thing 
is that they should be a part of our daily lives."

- the Dalai Lama
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