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.
"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)

Key West

Key West Botanical Gardens, Key West, FL

Irregular Tuesdays 
(7pm - 8:30pm)

Scheduling can change 

Lama Tsultrim Retreat in Key West


Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala

of the Empowered Feminine

A Retreat with Lama Tsultrim Allione

June 15-17, 2018

The Key West Botanical Garden-Nature Chapel

Hosted by Tara Mandala-Florida Keys


Join us for this life-changing meditation retreat and celebration of the Empowered Feminine. Come transform through the power of the mandala, a universal template of inner and outer wholeness.

Drawing on her experience as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, who became a best-selling author and world-renowned Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione offers a guide to access a previously forbidden aspect of the feminine: the fierce wise dakini, whose juicy potency is needed to meet the gale force winds of the current world situation.

This retreat will explore the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis, which is a dynamic spiritual model based on a 1000-year-old tradition coming from Tibet and gives you a practical method to center yourself and find strength within, while empowering you to be an effective agent of transformation in your world. We will work with meditation, active imagination, sound and mandala drawing during the retreat.

Friday, June 15, 2018 -7:30pm Public Talk at Studios of Key West 533 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida (required) Suggested donation $15

Saturday June 16, 2018 10am-5pm Day-long session with all materials and coffee/tea provided, Lunch on your own.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 10-12:45pm Final session of teachings and practice.

This retreat is based on Lama Tsultrim Allione’s new book: “Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine” (publ. Simon and Schuster May 2018) and she will be on hand to sign copies during the retreat.


Register on our Register Here Page


The Buddha's Path
"Suppose we use a traveling metaphor for the universal spiritual quest.  The main map the Buddha offered for the trip to happiness and contentment is called the Eightfold Path, but I have often thought it should be called the Eightfold Circle.  A path goes from here to there, and the nearer you are to there, the farther you are from here.  A path is progressive . . . on a genuine path you need to start at the beginning and proceed in a linear way until the end.  With a circle, you can join in anywhere, and it's the same circle.

When the Buddha taught his path, he said it had a specific number of constituent parts; people could be sure they were going the right way if they saw any one of either special markers...The order in which traveler sees the signs doesn't matter.  If we look at any sign closely, it becomes apparent that Right Understanding, the suspicion that it is possible to be contented even if we aren't pleased, arouses Right Aspiration to make a lot of Right Effort to develop more Right Understanding...It's all connected."

--Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think
"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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