Workshop & Dance for Anam Thubten in CA: March 7-8

 

Invoking the Inner Fire with Prema Dasara

 March 7-8, 2020

Point Richmond, CA

We are honored to make another sacred dance offering to the Venerable Anam Thubten Rimpoche and his Sangha at The Dharmata Dakini Temple in Point Richmond, California.

Under the guidance of Prema Dasara, we will gather at the Body Wisdom Movement Studio in Point Richmond on Saturday and Sunday to prepare these profound practices for our Offering at the Temple at 3:00 PM on Sunday March 8, 2020.

The Saturday and Sunday sessions are open to women, men and teens.  Our focus will be Red Tara, the Goddess of Magnetism and Vitality.  We will offer Calling Tara from the Heart and the Mandala Offering to Red Tara at the Dharmata Temple.

Anam Thubten is a beloved Tibetan Buddhist teacher. Trained in the Nyingma tradition from an early age, he has been teaching in the West for 30 years.  He speaks excellent English and is known for his ability to make the Buddha Dharma accessible and relevant to Western minds. He was deeply touched by the dance offerings we have made in the past and asked that we return to his center.

 

Prema Dasara is the founder of Tara Dhatu and the creator of the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Green Tara. Using the vehicles of sacred song and dance, Prema has traveled throughout the world in dedicated service to humanity. Her purpose has been to inspire and uplift, inviting everyone to experience the power of their own human potential through sacred music and dance.
 
 
Weekend Schedule:
 
Saturday March 7    Body Wisdom Movement Studio
                                                 146 Washington Ave, Suite A
                                        Point Richmond, CA 94801

 

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM        Workshop
                                         (Lunch on your own)
2:30 – 4:30 PM                 Workshop
                                         (Snack Break in studio)
5:00 – 6:30 PM                 Workshop
 
Sunday March 8th     Body Wisdom Movement Studio
 
Noon – 1:00 PM                 Final Workshop
 
1:00 – 2:30 PM  Short in-studio break for lunch, then getting into costume for the Offering. (Bring food or snacks to eat in the short break. There will not be time to go out for a meal or to pick up food.)
 
We will walk from the Studio to the Temple (about 2 blocks).

 

Temple Offering                The Dakini Temple (Dharmata Foundation)
3:00 – 5:00 PM                   235 Washington Avenue
                                            Point Richmond, CA 94801

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM             Return to the Studio to change clothes and gather belongings. 
 
 
 
Clothing and Costuming

 

For the workshops, please wear comfortable clothes to move in, layered for temperature changes. Goddess attire is welcomed. No indoor shoes required on the dance floor but all shoes must have flat soles. You are welcome to wear street shoes if they do not have sharp heels. The floor is a martial arts floor and very comfortable, if a bit sticky for turns. (There is additional new flooring in the studio this year adjacent to the main dance floor where we may need to remove our shoes to protect the surface.  We will not be dancing in this new area.)

 

Please bring your own water and snacks both days.  Bring lunch on Sunday if you will need more than a snack before the Offering.

 

For the Offeringthere are two Costume options

                                                             

Red Base layer: Red flowing dress, or skirt with red blouse (no tee shirts please).  A red scarf will be available to wear over this base layer.  Be mindful of transparency of costume material and wear nude undergarments and/or slips to be appropriately modest in the Temple. 

 

Gold Base layer: the Gold choli and circle skirt created for the Brazil Monlam in 2018. A red scarf will be available to wear over this base layer.  
 
You are welcome to bring your own scarf instead of borrowing one if you have a red sarong size scarf (approx. 24” x 72”) .

 

If you do not already have the Gold Base layer, you may order it from Noelle Faulkner by February 20th at firebirdfae@earthlink.net.   Cost is $110 for the set, which will be delivered to you at the workshop in Point Richmond.

 

 
Cost of Workshop
 
You can reserve your place by paying with check (see below) or with PayPal at this link:

 

Sliding Scale
Check:  $150.00                                              PayPal: $155.00 with PayPal fees
             $160.00                                                            $165.00 with PayPal fees
             $170.00                                                            $176.00 with PayPal fees
             $180.00                                                            $186.00 with PayPal fees    
                                   
To avoid the additional PayPal fee, mail your check Payable to the Lotus Circle to:
 
Lotus Circle
c/o Lori Ingram
PO Box 834
Sebastopol, CA 95473
 
There are work study positions available. 
Scholarships for members of the Tara Dhatu Educational Program are available. 
 
Members of the Dharmata Foundation Sangha who are new to our practice are invited to participate in the Saturday and Sunday workshops without cost.

 

Please make sure to complete the Registration Form at 
Offering to Anam Thubten Rinpoche March 7-8 Registration
 
 
For questions about the workshop and other issues please contact:
Lori Ingram
(707) 217-0418
 
 

Places to stay in Point Richmond:

Shared Airbnb rentals in Point Richmond or El Cerrito or other cities nearby in the East Bay appear to be the most cost-effective (and fun!) lodging available in the area at this time.  See airbnb.com  If you are interested in sharing a home with other Taras attending the workshop, please let me know and I will forward their email contact information to you.
 

More expensive local options are:

Sure Stay Plus Best Western
915 W Cutting Blvd, Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 237-3000
Approx. $152.00 per night (before taxes) for 2 Queen Beds. Includes breakfast.

 

 Hotel Mac
10 Cottage Ave, Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 235-0010
Approx. $175 – $260 per night (before taxes)

 

We have one home with a local Bay Area Tara who can host one or two out of town TarasPlease contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in this option. 

 

 
Transportation to workshop:

Oakland Airport is the closest international airport to Point Richmond.  San Francisco International is also an option, just a bit further away.

BART runs from Oakland Airport to Richmond (with a line transfer), and a Lyft or Uber can be taken from BART to Point Richmond. If you are thinking of traveling here, I am more than happy to talk with you by phone or email to help with the details.  
 
It may be possible to arrange for a local Tara to pick you up at the airport, but please ask me about this as soon as you have registered. 
 
I look forward to seeing you and dancing with you for this auspicious event.  
 
Tara’s blessings to you.
 
Lori 

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March 7th & 8th, 2020

Dancing for Anam Thubten – Pt. Richmond, California

Workshop Theme – Invoking the Inner Fire

To Register Fill Out the Registration Form Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ayiUsDbM7Mlk9pq3nywpDiEGKwrNmeCB2cn_aQkJjA4/edit

For questions or more info contact Lori lorijane_99@yahoo.com