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

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 
(6pm- 7pm)

Key West Botanical Gardens, Key West, FL

Irregular Mondays 
(6pm - 8pm)

Scheduling can change 

The Drepung Gomang Monks Pray for the Recovery of the Florida Keys


Over the years the people and organizations of the Florida Keys  have hosted the Drepung Gomang Monks during their Cultural Arts Tour. Now the  Monks are sending healing to the Florida Keys as they recover from Hurricane Irma.

Currently they are in Louisville, Kentucky at the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion- the North American Seat of Drepung Gomang Monastery

Today, Tuesday Nov. 7th they will include all of the Keys in their offering of the "Chod Healing Ceremony" from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 11th, the will include the Florida Keys in the "Medicine Buddha Healing Prayer" from 4:00-5:00 pm.

We are grateful to the Drepung Gomang Monks for this support and suggest that all might choose to sit in meditation or appreciation during these appointed times.
May ALL Beings benefit!
(photos by Jan Loveland)

The Three Noble Principles of Dharma
"The dharma is often described as "Good in the beginning, good in the middle and good at the end.” One idea is to set an aspiration at the outset of any meditation practice or other endeavor, then to proceed through the practice with openness and, as best we can, without grasping and then to share the merit of the practice at the end." -Pema Chödron (No Time to Lose)

Saturday Nov. 11th 10:00AM to Noon Nature Chapel Key West Botanical Garden
The Early Teachings of the Buddha
We will once again start with the Prajna Paramita Meditation. After the break Ellen will share about The Three Noble Principles and the Buddha's creation of the first sangha.
Join us in person or via Zoom.

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
Follow Us On: