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)

Key West

Key West Botanical Gardens, Key West, FL

Irregular Tuesdays 

Scheduling can change 

Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm

in the Nature Chapel of the Key West Botanical Garden 

The 5th Paramita of Mindfulness, Concentration, and Meditation


Tashi Delek from Tara Mandala Key West

Join us this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm in the Nature Chapel of the Key West Botanical Garden

5th Paramita of Mindfulness, Concentration, and Meditation

The fifth Paramita is sometimes called Samadhi and is connected to the seventh and eighth steps on the Eightfold Path. 

These are "Right Mindfulness" and "Right Concentration". It is said that Meditative Absorption is a combination of these two.

Right Mindfulness is the process of become aware of the present moment. In meditation we go beyond (Om Gate- Gate mantra) the feeling of being caught in our memories, regrets, plans and discursive thoughts.
Right Concentration is a result of Right Mindfulness because it is through our mindfulness meditation that we develop the ability to control the mind and become free from craving and aversion.

We drop deeper the longer we sit... as we drop into the ocean of awareness. We will continue to focus on these rich aspects in our study and meditation this week. Join US!

Join us Saturdays for
Meditation and Study.
Open to ALL

"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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