Friday, Feb 9, 6-9pm

Sat & Sun, Feb 10 & 11, 9am-6pm


North Berkeley Hills, CA (private residence address given upon registration)

Zoom online participation is available for those who have received the Dzinpa Rangdröl Empowerment.


Lopön Chandra Easton
Tara Mandala Bay Area Sangha

About Lopön Chandra







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 has 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. She has served on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, helping to develop programs and curricula for Tara Mandala as well as teaching nationally. 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, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, B. Alan Wallace, and Lama Pema Dorje.

She is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit www.shunyatayoga.com.

To learn more about our Tara Mandala Bay Area events, visit www.taramandalasf.org.

Parchangma Chöd 

With Lopön Chandra Easton 

Feb 9 - 11, 2018

Chöd is a wonderful and powerful practice for these difficult times. It brings understanding to the root of our pain and offers a concrete method for the healing of addictions, traumas, and other “demons” in both our inner and outer worlds. It is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist principles of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung and accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, giving rise to the awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscurations.

The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). In this retreat, you will learn the five melodies and the musical patterns for the drum, bell, and kangling.

Online participation is available for those who have received the Dzinpa Rangdröl Empowerment from Lama Tsultrim Allione, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche or another authorized teacher. Please email us for more info.

Suggested materials: The Chöd practice includes the use of the Chöd drum and bell. Here are two online stores that sell the Chöd drum and bell:

Tara Mandala online store

Potala Gate online store

The Kangling is optional. If you are unable to bring Chöd drum and bell, you may still attend the retreat.

No prerequisite required. Open to all. This is a required retreat for Gateway Foundation program.

Registration Fee & Teacher Dana

There is a Registration Fee and a Teacher Suggested Dana, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Lopön Chandra if you have any questions regarding registration.

  • Registration Fee: $108 
Registration fee covers rental, text production, Zoom, scholarships & other sangha needs.
  • Suggested Teacher Dana (donation) sliding scale: $200-$350
You may pay the Teacher Dana directly to Lopön Chandra via Paypal at: PayPal.Me/chandrasuzanneeaston or pay by cash or check on the last day of retreat. Please make checks payable to Chandra Easton. What is dana?

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Welcome to the Tara Mandala Bay Area Sangha

We are a satellite sangha of Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, established by Lama Tsultrim Allione. We offer weekly sangha meetings where we focus on the practices such as Shamatha, Vipassana, Prajña Paramita, Chöd, Feeding Your Demons, Green Tara, and others. Many of our practices are based on the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of Machig Labdrön, the 11th century Tibetan yogini who established the lineage of Chöd.

In addition to offering annual teachings with Lama Tsultrim Allione, we also offer regular courses with authorized teachers Ellen Booth Church, Lopön Chandra Easton, Robin Gayle, Polly Ryan, Karla Jackson Brewer, Jeff Tipp, Roberta Godbe-Tipp, and others. These courses explore traditional texts and practices as well as their application in the Western world.