Frequently Asked Questions

  

How do I reach the conference center?


It is equally distant from both Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). From either airport, you can rent a car or use a service such as Uber or Lyft to reach the conference center. For local drivers, it takes about 40 minutes to reach Claggett from the intersection of 495 and Rte. 66. If you want to share a ride with other or need any help with transportation and alternative accommodation plans, please email john.cooper.masterson@gmail.com for help.


How is the pricing based?


Claggett bases the price on the person, not the room. The price includes three meals a day as well as the use of meeting spaces, outdoor trails, and all audio-visual equipment. This type of pricing is common amongst retreat centers.


What if I am an ordained monk or nun? 


Ordained monks and nuns are our most welcome guests for the teachings, though we cannot offer the cost of your accommodations or meals. Those who want to attend but require financial assistance can apply for it by writing to info@Tara2020.com with a brief explanation of why you are requesting financial aid.


What will the weather be like?


Early April should be a lovely, emerald-green (!) time of year. You will need a jacket for cool mornings and evenings and strolls along the banks of the nearby Monocacy River. Of course, with weather becoming as volatile and unpredictable as it is currently, it’s best to check the ten-day forecast for Adamstown, MD, at weather.com before leaving for your trip. 


Will there be any other activities?


Evening practice sessions, with a chance for questions and answers, are being planned. A morning meditation can be added if enough people request it.


Will I be able to meet privately with Khensur Rinpoche?


All requests to meet with Khensur Rinpoche will be handled by his attendants rather than the conference organizers.


Who is hosting this retreat?


A group of local practitioners and centers who unite in seeking more Dharma activity in the greater Washington, DC, area joined together as the Dharma Alliance, the host of this event. We hope to have future events with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche and believe that this retreat will create the cause to do so, perhaps even a Chittamani Tara Retreat with fire puja!


What about translation?


Khensur Rinpoche will teach in Tibetan which will be translated into English by Art Engle, who has deeply benefited so many of us through his translations.


What will seating be like?


The conference center supplies very comfortable chairs, wide and deep enough for many to sit cross-legged. Depending on the space available, some seating on cushions might be possible. You are welcome to bring your own cushion and use it in your room or our meeting room, if there is space.


Is this a silent retreat?


No, it is not.


Can I attend only the empowerment?


Yes, Khensur Rinpoche said that is fine. A previous empowerment at the same level (highest yoga tantra) is required and the empowerment will carry a lifelong daily practice commitment. Priority in rooming will be given to those attending the teaching retreat. If space is still available after they are accommodated, you will be able to stay at Claggett; if not, there are many motels and Airbnb listings available in Adamstown and Frederick, MD, about 5-10 minutes away, as well as Germantown, MD.  Claggett charges a $16 day-use fee to those who attend events but are not staying there.


What is highest yoga tantra and what meets the prerequisite?


To take this empowerment, you must have previously taken a highest yoga tantra empowerment such as Yamantaka, Heruka, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Chittamani Tara, and/or Vajrayogini. Highest yoga tantra is one of the four levels on tantric practice and is the most complete and subtle form of advanced practice to a yidam deity. It includes both generation and completions stage and also can include a body mandala. Meant for serious and devoted practitioners, it includes a daily practice commitment and offers a powerful path for personal transformation, realizations, and true spiritual accomplishment.


You can read about the levels of tantric practice here, as offered by the Berzin Archives: https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/vajrayana/tantra-advanced/elaboration-of-the-efficiency-of-tantra-over-sutra/tantra-the-four-purities


Is a practice commitment given with this empowerment?


Yes, those who take the empowerment will pledge to recite Chittamani Tara Guru Yoga each day for the remainder of their lives.


Can I commute from home if I live in the area?


Commuting is allowed, space permitting. Claggett Conference Center asks for a daily fee of $16 for those attending the event but not staying there. This does not include meals, which may be ordered ten days beforehand and purchased for an additional cost ($16 per lunch and $19 for dinner).


Can I stay somewhere else?


Both motels and airbnb lodgings are available within 10-20 minutes of the center. You can check listings in Adamstown, Frederick, and Germantown, MD. Remember, though, that you will have to pay the daily commuter fee to attend.


I am traveling from out of town. Can I arrive early or stay longer?


Claggett needs our final lists of reservations for rooms and meals 10 days in advance, so if you let us know by then, you can arrive early.  Staying later is not possible since they close for Easter weekend, April 10, 11, and 12. But we can help you find nearby accommodations  or a hotel near your airport if you need to catch a flight on the 10th. For assistance with this, please write to John and Desiree at john.cooper.masterson@gmail.com


What kind of food will be served?


Claggett serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.  We can make additional requests for special needs such as gluten-free and let you know what the chef says. Nearby, there are 2 major supermarkets within a 10-20 minute drive, a Giant and a Wegman’s, for those who might prefer to purchase their own food. The cottages offer refrigerators and microwaves for the use of residents and we will supply a few basic cooking needs such as pots and an electric burner.


If you are commuting but wish to purchase meals to eat at Claggett, they must be ordered ten days beforehand and purchased for an additional cost ($16 per lunch and $19 for dinner). Please write to Jodi at jodi.schmitt50@gmail.com to arrange this.


What if I have to cancel?


The policy of the conference center is that the 25% deposit to make a reservation is not refundable. If cancellation becomes necessary after full payment has been made, we will attempt to fill your space and refund your payment, less the 25% non-refundable deposit. If we can’t fill your space, no refund will be made. After March 2, all fees are non-refundable. 


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