Feeding Your Demons: Igniting Compassion in the Face of Fear

March 16th, 2018

7:15am: Check-in, Coffee/tea
7:30-9:40am: Featured Program/Discussion


Charlotte Rotterdam, MTSDirector, Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education; Instructor, Naropa University; Magyu Lopön (Lead Teacher), Tara Mandala Retreat CenterHost: Nancy Nunes

About The Presentation

Feeding your Demons is a teaching and practice that invites us to acknowledge and nurture, rather than avoid and resist, those parts of ourselves and our experience which are threatening or problematic. By moving towards difficulty with compassionate awareness, and a willingness to fulfill an underlying need, we can create the ground for wisdom, insight and strength to emerge. Feeding your Demons as a formal practice was developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, based on ancient Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The practice integrates Western psychological methodologies and offers a practical, secular tool for working with negative patterns, addictions, and mental and physical illness. This session will include an overview of the theoretical framework of this approach and a guided Feeding your Demons practice.

About the Presenter

Charlotte Rotterdam, MTS, is an Instructor in Naropa University’s Core College and the Director of Naropa University’s Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE). She taught in the Graduate Religious Studies department from 2002-2004 and has been teaching the Contemplative Learning Seminar and First Year Seminar in the Core College since 2008.  A student of Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years, she was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006 and received the title of Magyu Lopön (lead teacher of Magyu: the Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala) in 2016. Charlotte teaches meditation, Feeding your Demons, and Tibetan Buddhist practices in the U.S. and abroad, and served as Executive Director and Board President of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center for many years. Together with her husband, she leads the Boulder Tara Mandala sangha. Charlotte received her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Her essays on the intersection of spiritual practice and motherhood have been published in Mandala and in an anthology, Fearless Nest.

Additional Resources


Listen to 3/14/18 KGNU radio Maeve Conan interview Charlotte Rotterdam

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