A Storytelling, Writing, and Practice Retreat with Wendy Garling

September 6–9, 2019  |  Tara Mandala Retreat Center | Pagosa Springs, CO
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STARS AT DAWN: STORIES OF OUR BUDDHIST FOREMOTHERS AS GUIDES AND INSPIRATION

As wisdom rises, women seek connection with each other and with inspiring stories of strong women who have gone before. Until recently, Buddhist women—particularly Buddhist laywomen—have had few role models to turn to for inspiration and guidance. This retreat will open a window to our foremothers: the “first” Buddhist women (Maya, Mahaprajapati Gautami, Sujata, Yashodhara, Mrigi, Sundarinanda, Siddhartha’s harem wives), and others, including goddesses or yakshis who embody the sacred feminine and whose stories in the ancient Mahayana and Pali literature have been largely suppressed by patriarchy. These stories of mothers, wives, daughters, solitary spiritual aspirants, and upholders of the Dharma hold an essential place at the root of all Buddhist lineages and schools. Together they valorize the women who participated at the dawn of Buddhism, presenting a more complete and gender-balanced picture of what actually took place. Like hidden termas, these women’s stories have reemerged during this time of awakening and wisdom rising.

Together we will tell stories of Buddhism’s first women, weaving insights with contemporary meanings and our own lives, through discussion, practice (walking and sitting), and journaling in an open process of discovery and sharing.

This retreat is open to all who identify as women.

Suggested Dana: $160–$200

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