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About

Wanderer On The Path

Lopön Chandra Easton

Dharma teacher, writer, scholar, translator, devotional singer, and mother.

Lopön Chandra Easton is a Dharma teacher, scholar, translator, devotional singer, writer, mother, and wanderer on the path.

In her contemporary interpretation and teaching of the Buddhadharma she emphasizes emotional, physical, and intellectual integration. Less focused in religion per se, she emphasizes the underlying truths found in the spiritual traditions of the world where we find freedom to be authentically engaged in our own awakening, we find a grounded presence that is our home ground, our birth right, that is love.

Lopön Chandra’s teachings are infused with a playful humor that trips us into new spaces and ways of healing through contemplation and insight. This contemplative journey leads us back home, to an experience of love… less fear, more love. By befriending our fear, we open the space to love, our own strength and agency, clarity, and commitment to bring every aspect of our life onto the path.

While her training is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana) and Dzogchen (Great Perfection) in particular, her primary interest is in finding ways to make these traditional teachings relevant and accessible for our modern experience. She is also committed to elevating the voice of the feminine within Buddhism through sharing stories, teachings, experiences, poetry of women who walked the path so that we may learn through seeing through women’s eyes. Ultimately she is interested in helping to relieve suffering through personal exploration and growth, so that we may evolve, love, learn, laugh, and be of service to others and this precious earth we live on.

Lopön Chandra is the assistant spiritual director and lead teacher (Dorje Lopön) for Tara Mandala Retreat Center, founded by Lama Tsultrim Allione. She holds these roles as invitations to allow even more compassion and intelligence guide her teaching and leadership. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga since 2001 and co-translated Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection, published in 2012.

She teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad, and lives in Berkeley, CA with her family. She is currently on the Tara Mandala Board of Directors and the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the Bay Area.

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Gateways to Practice

The Three Doors

In Buddhism, there is the teaching of the Three Doors: Body, Speech, and Mind.

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The 1st Door
The 1st Door
The Mandala of Our Existence

Body

We awaken through this body, the temple, the mandala of our existence is the body itself. In the Chod teachings, it is said that this body is the sacred mandala: the torso is the center, the four limbs are the four cardinal directions, the eyes are the sun and the moon, the organs are the continents, the blood and vessels are the rivers and oceans, and so on. In this way, our body is our temple, so therefore we should take good care of it, we should nourish it with wholesome foods and medicines, we should cultivate it through physical practices such as yoga and exercise, we should allow time for rest and rejuvenation. As my first yoga teacher used to say, “Manifest, then take a rest.” In Tantric Buddhism, we embrace our humanity, we transmute the cravings and aversions into the path of awakening. We enjoy our sensory experience and celebrate what it means to love, live, and die in this physical dimension.
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The 2nd Door
The 2nd Door
Words, Mantra & Breath

Speech

This is the door of our words, as well as mantra and our breath. Our words reflect our thoughts, so we must choose our words carefully and try to speak with love and care. The Buddha taught that instead of divisive speech, we should try to heal discord and bring people together through skilful speech. He taught instead of empty chatter, remain silent and use your precious time for Dharma practice and mantra recitation. Another word for the Varjayana is Mantrayana, the vehicle of mantra. So replace meaningless chatter with mantra recitation as a way to awaken through the door of speech. Also, breathe in a balanced and nourishing way. Practice meditation and pranayama so that you can balance your winds/prana in the body and live a healthy vibrant life. It is said that when the prana is balanced, the mind is happy and content. We can do this by practicing the nine purification breaths, the gentle vase breathing and other pranayamas to cultivate balanced prana within us for the benefit of ourselves and others.
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The 3rd Door
The 3rd Door
Changing the Habits of the Mind

Mind

The mind, as the Buddha said, is the chief, the foremost in terms of our spiritual practice. It is the mind, and our karmic imprints that are stored in our mind stream, that travels from life to life, so we must cultivate our minds to adopt virtue and abandon nonvirtue. Instead of anger, cultivate patience, instead of hatred, cultivate love and compassion. Instead of selfishness, practice generosity and so on.... (insert the buddha’s quote re. The mind from the Dhammapada). If we cultivate loving states of mind, we will feel more love and joy in our life. It is in meditation where we cultivate our positive mental states, we retrain our neuronal pathways towards mental states that bring us peace and happiness. It is through contemplation that we first meet the truth of what swirls in our minds moment to moment, it usually isn’t a pleasant experience, but then through applying the teachings we learn to train and purify the mind so that our internal atmosphere is more spacious and enjoyable. This is possible. We have this beautiful capacity to change the habits of the mind. HHDL says that the good news about habits is that they are learned behavior, and learned behavior can be unlearned. How wonderful! Eh Ma Ho!
Ingredients for Scholarship and Experimentation

Teachings and Influences

Lopon Chandra has benefited from mentor-ship, teachings and years of learning, teaching and practice. Experimenting with the interconnectedness and essential truths, she is able to bridge the secular and spiritual creating experiences and spaces that nurture our own interconnectedness, self awareness, and essential being.

  • Expressionism
  • Gutai group
  • Les Plasticiens
  • Situationist national
  • Neo expressionism
  • New European Pinting
  • Remodernism
  • Sound Art
  • Enviromental Art
  • Neo-conceptual Art
  • Figuration Libre
  • Funk Art
  • Transgressive Art
  • Digital Art
  • Video Installation
  • Postminimalism
  • Lowbrow Art movement
  • Performance Art
  • New York School
  • Post-painterly Abstraction
  • Saint Soleil School
  • Institutional Critique
  • Young British Artists
  • Electronic Art
  • Warli painting Revival
  • Postmodern Art
  • New objectivity
  • New York School
  • Post-painterly Abstraction
  • Saint Soleil School
  • Institutional Critique
  • Young British Artists
  • Electronic Art
  • Warli painting Revival
  • Postmodern Art
  • New objectivity
Registration Open

2021 Offerings

2021 online learning opportunities are now open for registration! These include 21 Taras: Level 2, Feeding Your Demons, and Integrated Practice: Yoga and Meditation.

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Tue ‒ Thu: 09am ‒ 07pm
Fri ‒ Mon: 09am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $25
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