With Polly Ryan, MA
1/20/2018 – 4/14/2018


Every Other Saturday
10:00am - 3:30pm (Pacific Time)

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

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“All things have the nature of mind. Mind is the chief and takes the lead. If the mind is clear, whatever you do or say will bring happiness that will follow you like your shadow.”    -Shakyamuni Buddha

Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and other key teachings of the Buddha. We will do intensive practice of Shamatha (breath awareness) and walking meditation, and we will also learn about Buddhism through the life stories of the Buddha.  Sessions will consist of dharma talks and meditation periods.

This course is the equivalent of the required retreat for the Magyu Mother Lineage and Gateway Programs. An optional oral exam will be given at the end.

*No prerequisite required

Sessions will be held on alternating Saturdays from 10 am until 3:30 pm Pacific Time. Our meeting dates are: January 20, February 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, and April 14 (testing). There will be a 30 minute break each session. Testing will take place after the final session.

Contact truckee@taramandala.org for location information. All sessions will also be available remotely via Zoom.  The link will be provided upon registration.  Please ensure that your technology is set up for Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/) prior to registering for the course. 

Course registration: $300 - 375 for the series. There is an additional suggested Teacher Dana of $150 – 250.  Drop-ins are welcome for those not attending the entire series. Drop-ins are on a per session basis: a suggested amount is $50 - 60.  We are unable to offer Sustaining Sangha Membership discounts for this course.

Register here (Payment information on registration page)

Please contact Susi at truckee@taramandala.org for further information.

Course credit will be given under the following conditions:

  • The attendance requirements have been met. Every session must be attended. If there is an emergency, one absence is permitted, provided that the participant review the six hour recording prior to the next scheduled session and complete the meditations of the missed session.
  • The Oral exam at the end of the course has been successfully passed.

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione for over two decades and has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for over 25 years. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace she has studied Shamata, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, and Dzogchen. She has also received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from HH 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 certified as a Feeding Your Demons Therapist. She is also an authorized teacher for Lama Tsultrim and leads the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha. She is a mother of three and has a thriving psychotherapy practice in Truckee, CA and Reno, NV.


* 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. The 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.



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