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.
Shortly after attaining enlightenment under the bodhi tree, the Buddha gave a sermon in Varanasi sharing the fruits of his realization. This sermon is referred to as the "first turning of the wheel of Dharma." The word Dharma here refers to the Buddha's teachings themselves. 

It was this sermon in which the Buddha developed what would become the framework for the entirety of his teachings: the four noble truths.

These four truths are the truth of suffering, the truth of its origin, the truth of the possibility of its cessation, and the truth of the path that leads to that cessation. 

In essence, the four noble truths say that we all naturally desire happiness and do not wish to suffer--and that the suffering we wish to avoid comes about as a result of a chain of causes and conditions begun even before our birth. If we are to pursue our aspiration to gain freedom from suffering, we need to clearly understand the causes and conditions that give rise to suffering and strive to eliminate them.

 Additionally, we must clearly understand the causes and conditions that give rise to happiness as well, and actively practice them. This is the essence of the four noble truths."

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

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 
(6pm- 7pm)

Key West Botanical Gardens, Key West, FL

Irregular Mondays 
(6pm - 8pm)

Scheduling can change 

The Historic First International Chod-Zhije Conference at Tara Mandala, Pegosa Springs Colorado July 2017

Saturday July 22, 2017
10:00 am - 12 noon
Nature Chapel / Key West Botanical Gardens

A Special Sharing from the Chod Conference!

We welcome Cynthia Rubenstein back from Tara Mandala.  Cynthia was able to attend the historic, First International Chod Conference last week.  Many speakers and teachers from different parts of the world spoke about the Chod tradition.  

Cynthia will share thoughts and experiences from her journey, followed by a Feeding Your Demons meditation.  Lama Tsultrim's Feeding Your Demons meditation is a Western approach to using the Chod.  In the Feeding Your Demons meditation we are paying attention to the Maras (inner demons) and asking what they need.  In paying attention they are transformed.  

As we have learned in the story of the Buddha, Mara appeared many times in his early life and continued throughout his life.

"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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