GAIA MANDALA

GLOBAL HEALING COMMUNITY

Note: a percentage of all registration fees will be donated to Treesisters, a registered charity that exists to elicit collective responsibility for planetary restoration at the grass roots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. Treesisters is growing a global network of women who donate to fund the acceleration of tropical reforestation as an expression of collective planetary care.

Together with Treesisters, Alliance for the Earth (the nonprofit that administers the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project) has dedicated an Earth Treasure Vase to the Brazilian Amazon. All who participate in the Tara Gaia Teachings are helping to plant a forest!

Find out more here and here.

Tara Gaia Transmission & Teachings Online Retreat Mar 18–21 2021

$108.00

A Vajrayana-style deity practice inspired by Tara with a visualization and mantra of Gaia that dharma teacher, Cynthia Jurs received during intensive practice in retreat and has worked with privately for many years.

This unique new practice of Tara Gaia will be taught on Thurs-Sun March 18-21 in an online retreat via Zoom. This very special retreat will include a transmission ceremony, teachings, group practice and Q&A.

There will be 4 sessions, one two hour session per day beginning at 10:00 am Pacific Time/ 11:00 am Mountain time / 1:00 pm Eastern time / 6:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time. This is a live retreat based on direct transmission. Full attendance is required. Recordings will not be available.

Once one has received the teachings, an ongoing monthly practice group can be joined to deepen one’s understanding and keep the practice alive. For those familiar with the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation, the Tara Gaia practice can serve as a profound enhancement to this practice as well.

Note: a percentage of all registration fees will be donated to Treesisters, a registered charity that exists to elicit collective responsibility for planetary restoration at the grass roots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. Treesisters is growing a global network of women who donate to fund the acceleration of tropical reforestation as an expression of collective planetary care.

Together with Treesisters, Alliance for the Earth (the nonprofit that administers the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project) has dedicated an Earth Treasure Vase to the Brazilian Amazon. All who participate in the Tara Gaia Teachings are helping to plant a forest!

Find out more here and here.

Unable to join us for the March Tara Gaia Retreat?  Let us know you are interested in future retreats here.

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Introduction to Tara Gaia

This video is an hour-long conversation between Cynthia Jurs and David Nicol recorded on January 25, 2020 to introduce Tara Gaia to those who would like to learn more about:

  • Who is Tara and how the adaptation from a practice of Tara to one of Gaia occurred
  • How Cynthia became a Lama in the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and this new practice of Tara Gaia emerged
  • How although Buddhism does not traditionally value the Earth as a source of enlightenment, at this time when we are all being called to wake up in relation to Mother Earth, this practice has evolved and can serve as a profound spiritual support
  • Introduction to methods of practicing in the Vajrayana tradition using visualization and mantra recitation
  • A brief teaching on the Gaia Mantra with group recitation.
The Dharma has always evolved in response to the times and cultures through which it moves. I believe the practice of Tara Gaia is an example of the evolution of the Dharma in response to these extraordinary times. Cynthia Jurs is a wise, eloquent and compassionate teacher who has dedicated her life to sacred activism. For those who love this world, the practice of Tara Gaia offers a doorway to be in direct connection with the living Earth and to listen to what she is asking of us.

— Carl Rabke, LMT, GCFP, Embodiment Matters Podcast

This is such a beautiful practice from such a heartful and authentic teacher integrating the profundity of dharma and Tara practice with Gaia and the needed healing of the web of life. Highly recommended! Thank you for this practice and for your vast heart, dear Cynthia Jurs.

— Erin Geesaman Rabke, Somatic Naturalist & Embodiment Mentor,
www.embodimentmatters.com

Receiving this new practice of Tara Gaia has been profound blessing and an amazing form through which to deepen my connection with the living Earth, in the company of an emerging global sangha of transparent, caring humans.

—Sonja Myllymaki, Alberta, Canada

Cynthia is deeply wise and profoundly knowledgable. I am immensely grateful to have participated in her Tara Gaia teaching-transmission and subsequently to be a part of the ongoing monthly community gatherings. Whether you have an already established practice or are starting anew, the Tara Gaia Practice shared by Cynthia is a true gift of love and compassion for Gaia. 

— Katherine Patton, California

The Tara Gaia mantra has seeped into my dreams and soaked into my bones. Now I find myself spontaneously singing the mantra to rivers, trees, mountains and the sea. I sense the mantra being received by wild nature and somehow magnifying the blessings and showering them back down everywhere including on me. Cynthia so effectively conveys these profound and timeless, and now so timely, teachings. I highly recommend this retreat. 

— Ellen Davidson, in the California Redwoods

If there was ever a time in our lives to pray for healing and protection of the Earth and her children, it is now.  The Tara Gaia practice taught by Cynthia Jurs is that prayer.  It is one of the most significant and beautiful practices of dedication and love to our precious planet and all life. The practice continues to reveal itself and its power each time it is recited. 

— Jenny Allen, in Ontario, Canada

The practice of Tara Gaia gave me such a bodily sense of ‘this is what I have been looking for.’ It is just the total package: the Dharma, Mother Earth, indigenous wisdom and respect for the web of life all in one in a true and effortless fit. This practice unites them all so perfectly, in such a seamless way.

— Emma Swann, in Victoria, Australia

Cynthia Jurs is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh whose source of refuge and spiritual inspiration is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990, she made a life-changing pilgrimage to meet the hermit and meditation master, Kushok Mangden Charok Rinpoche, a 106-year-old lama living in a remote cave in Nepal from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases when she asked him “What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?” For 30 years, Cynthia has been building a global community committed to planetary healing and collective awakening in partnership with elders and activists around the world. Cynthia teaches an innovative blend of engaged buddhism and sacred activism through the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project at the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico and now, the international Gaia Mandala Community. For ten years, Cynthia has worked with the women in peace building and former combatants in Liberia, West Africa, teaching mindfulness and co-founding the Peace Hut Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Cynthia’s book, Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming. www.GaiaMandala.netwww.EarthTreasureVase.org