Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

The Mandala of Tara
Inspired by the vision of a Western retreat center that she had while living in the Himalayas and the need to create a place for the reemergence of the sacred feminine, Tsultrim Allione founded Tara Mandala in 1993. Symbolically, the Mandala of Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, is a kind of architecture of the awakened psyche. To experience the phenomenal world as an integrated mandala of compassion is Tara Mandala.

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Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Ute Tribal Land near Pagosa Springs in Southern Colorado, Tara Mandala Retreat Center is rooted in the Buddhist tradition, a partnership with earth, animals, family, and respect for all wisdom traditions. In a region known for its ancient archaeology,unmatched mountains, rivers, canyon lands, and rich cultural history, the focal point of Tara Mandala is a beautiful breast-shaped peak surrounded by four valleys in the center of its 700 acres.

The land, lying at about 7400' elevation, offers deep silence, vast views, and an unparalleled play of light and rainbows that engenders a natural experience of the union of emptiness and radiance. Wildlife abounds and there are so many medicinal plants that the land is virtually a medicinal garden. The sacred space of Tara Mandala has to do with the shape and power of the landscape itself which has been recognized by Tibetan Lamas as the body of Tara.


In a chaotic and stressful world, Tara Mandala offers refuge and renewal. The experience of retreat in nature brings the gift of peace to the individual and ultimately those practicing deep meditation in retreat affect the fabric of the world.

Tara Mandala is intended to foster spiritual and ecological awareness, a place for those who want to explore and stabilize profound states of meditation which require short and lengthy periods of retreat. We believe that people reaching deep levels of meditative awareness have a profound effect on humanity.