With Polly Ryan, MA, MFT at For Goodness Sake


Every Other SUNDAY afternoon
(on hold for June, July, and August)

Wednesdays: 9:00am - 10:30am
(on hold July and August)

Dates subject to change. Click here to check the Calendar for dates.

Click here to read about donations (DANA).
Click here for information about Polly.

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please email truckee@taramandala.org


Special Sunday Practice Sessions:

P'howa Practice Session
1:30 - 2:45 pm

Green Tara Tsog
12:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Green Tara Practice Session
1:30 - 2:45 pm

(confirm schedule on the FGS calendar)

Online class link: https://zoom.us/j/2243188178

These practice sessions are open to all with the transmission of the particular practice scheduled. The schedule and type of practice may vary periodically, so please check your recent newsletter (or FGS calendar) for the most current information. Suggested dana for this session is $10 - 12. Alternatively, please give within your means.

Click here for detailed information and explanation of Green Tara Tsog.


Every Other SUNDAY open practice: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

*on hold June, July, and August*
Please check the FGS calendar for a detailed schedule.

Online class link: https://zoom.us/j/2243188178

Our meditation group focuses on two meditation practices as taught by Lama Tsultrim. Beginning students are welcome.

The first is the Prajna Paramita practice that teaches us to turn our out-going energy back inward, recognize the ground of being, return home and rest non-conceptually. Prajna Paramita is the Great Mother; she is luminous clarity that is full of compassion. She is a deity, a symbol, and a sutra. Above all, she is the teaching that guides us to the experience of prajna, or transcendent wisdom. Lama Tsultrim has condensed her 40 years of Vajrayana practice into a simple and complete Sadhana for cultivating the ultimate state of realization. This practice is accessible and straightforward, having each component leading naturally towards effortless resting in the Nature of Mind. Prajna Paramita is a core practice within the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha.

The second practice, Feeding Your Demons, is based on the Chod, a Tibetan Buddhist practice discovered by the eleventh-century yogini, Machig Labdron. This approach to life's difficulties, both inner and outer, is based on compassion rather than fear, on engagement rather than attack. These complimentary practices, Feeding Your Demons and Prajna Paramita, are skillful means to address our relative world and to discover our true condition.

The suggested dana for this class is $12 - 15. Alternatively, please give within your means.


Wednesday class: 9:00am - 10:30am

"Chod: The Sacred Teachings on Severance" Book Study

Dates: Wednesdays, beginning January 4th
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Location: For Goodness Sake and via the Internet
Suggested Dana: $10 - 12 per session

Registration required, click here for details.

Please click here for more information about dana. Please give within your means.


"Chod: The Sacred Teachings on Severance" compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul and translated by Lama Sarah Harding, will be the subject of the 16 week book study offered by Polly Ryan, MA, MFT and the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha. This book study begins January 4, 2017 from 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific Time and will be held most Wednesdays through May 31, 2017. 

Lama Tsultrim Allione calls this compilation of all the Chod lineage teachings from Kongtrul's compilation in the Dam Nag Dzod collection "the richest most precious gift possible. This is truly a treasure for those interested Machig's lineage."

Kongtrul compiles the teachings on Severance, or Chöd. It includes some of the tradition’s earliest source scriptures, such as the “grand poem” of Āryadeva, and numerous texts by the tradition’s renowned founder, Machik Lapdrön.  Kongtrul also brings together the most significant texts on the rites of initiation, empowerments for practice, and wide-ranging instructions and guides for the support of practitioners. Altogether, this quintessential guide to Severance offers vast resources for scholars and practitioners alike to better understand this unique and remarkable tradition—the way of severing the ego through the profound realization of emptiness and compassion.

Please join us for our immersion into this exciting treasure resource. Our weekly sessions will combine study and discussion along with Chod practice. Our text is available for purchase through Shambala Publications: http://www.shambhala.com/chod-the-sacred-teachings-on-severance.html, and is also available at Amazon. Please have your book available for the first session.

Registration and Suggested Dana:

Registration:  Please email truckee@taramandala.org to register. Please provide:

  • a good daytime phone number
  • preferred location (in person at For Goodness Sake, or online)?
  • how you learned about this book study
Suggested Dana: $10 - 12 per session.  Payment can be made by

Location, Dates, and Remote Access:

This book study will be held at For Goodness Sake in Truckee, CA for all who are able to attend in person. We meet online via Zoom for all those joining remotely. Remote access link will be provided upon completion of registration. Please indicate whether you are signing up for the entire book study or whether you will be dropping in.

Meeting Dates:  We will meet weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific Time.
Meeting dates are as follows:
January 4 and 18
February 1, 8, and 15
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
April 5 and 26
May 10, 17, 24, and 31.

This book study will provide a foundation of immense benefit for all, as well as a solid preparation for the Historic First International Chöd-Zhije Conference taking place July 12 - 16, 2017 at Tara Mandala Retreat Center.

Would you like to learn more about this healing practice of Chod?

Come experience and learn about an ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice whose wisdom is particularly relevant for our modern society. Chöd, a Tibetan word that literally means “to cut”, offers a concrete method for the healing of addictions, traumas, and other “demons” in both our inner and outer worlds. The practice is based on turning towards those experiences that we would rather avoid with the understanding that healing comes from ending the internal fight with our “demons” by cutting through fear, fixation, and self-clinging.

This centuries-old practice is sung in Tibetan by the chodpa(s) while recipients relax on the floor. The practice is accompanied by the use of a traditional chöd drum that symbolizes the masculine and bell that represents feminine wisdom. Chodpas were traditionally called in when there were epidemics of infectious diseases and practiced in frightening places in order to transcend fear.


We join Lama Tsultrim's Call to Practice for addressing Climate Change.
As a Sangha, we will accumulate the mantra of 12th Tara Noble Lady Tara Tashi Donje according to Lama Tsultrim's instructions, and record them for the global accumulation that is happening at this time.
No transmission is required!

Click here to see the mantra.

We would love to have you join your energies with ours as well as the global Sangha for this most important issue. Please post your mantra count on Lama Tsultrim Allione's public figure Facebook page
or send them to us for submission.


About Polly:

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1991. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has also studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen, and other practices for over two decades. She has received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama in the late 1980's. Having met the educational and practice requirements of Lama Tsultrim’s Kapala Training in 2008, Polly is now certified as a Feeding Your Demons™ Therapist and utilizes this process as a vital and transformative therapeutic life tool to assist clients in feeding rather than fighting their inner blocks to healing, growth and transformation. Polly has practiced psychotherapy for over 25 years in Truckee, CA; and Reno, NV. She leads the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha at For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee.

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For the benefit of our practitioner who has environmental sensitivities, please come to classes free of perfume and essential oils, products with fragrance (whenever possible) and avoid using fabric softener, Febreeze or similar products if at all possible. Thanks!


* A few words about "Dana":

Historically, the teachings of the Buddha have been offered freely so that all can benefit equally. Dana is the Pali word for generosity and refers here to our personal offerings in support of the spiritual teachings. The teacher donates time in service of the Dharma and receives only what the students’ offer. By supporting the teachings, the teacher and the place where the teachings are held, we accrue great positive merit on our mind-stream and as well as a positive karmic connection to the Dharma. Suggested Dana is ($12-15 for the 3-5 pm and 9-10:30am group and $10 - 12 for the Special Practice Session) and is divided equally between FGS, a scholarship fund to send a student to retreat at Tara Mandala and the teacher. We also contribute the first 20% to Tara Mandala Retreat Center. These suggested amounts are only to give you an idea of what a traditional donation might be and there is no required or minimum amount of Dana expected. Remember the precious teachings are priceless and the offering of Dana is an opportunity to practice the paramita of generosity. What is important is that you give generously in a heartfelt way and dedicate the merit to your own spiritual progression toward enlightenment and to genuine happiness and relief from suffering for all beings.

Payment via Paypal is also accepted at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online.
Enter suzannelippuner@yahoo.com in "Their email" window.
(please check "gift" option, or “send money to friends and family”)
Dana is considered a gift.



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