Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is the bestselling author of Women of Wisdom (1984), Feeding Your Demons (2008), and Wisdom Rising Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (2018). Lama Tsultrim is the founder of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre retreat center with the three-story temple and library  dedicated to the divine feminine in the Buddhist tradition near Pagosa Springs, in southwest Colorado. She leads a vibrant international community with over forty groups around the world. Born in New England, she traveled to Asia in her late teens and in 1970 at the age of 22 in Bodhgaya, India she became the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She later disrobed, married and became the mother of three and now is grandmother of six. In 2007 she was recognized in Tibet and Nepal as the reincarnation of a renowned 11th-century Tibetan yogini, Machig Labdrön, and she is one of the few women Lamas in the world today. In 2012 she received the Machig Labdron Empowerment from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. She was awarded international recognition as an “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” in 2009 by a panel of distinguished scholars and practitioners in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Events with Lama Tsultrim Allione

In Conversation Livestream
April 22, 2021

Join Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lama Gyurme Rabgye for a livestream conversation. During this event, Lama Tsultrim will interview Lama Gyurme about the teachings on the Nagas. The Nagas are water spirits that influence the elements and other phenomena. They are strong energies that are often mentioned in Buddhist texts.…

Machig’s Last Instructions - VIRTUAL RETREAT
April 23, 2021

Machig Labdrön was an 11th century Tibetan yogini widely renowned for developing the practice of Chöd. She was recognized by the great scholars of her day to be an authentic master and had thousands of disciples. Machig was one of the few Tibetan women to establish practice lineages of her…

Transmission of the Yab Yum Mandala - VIRTUAL RETREAT
May 8, 2021

A Tara Mandala Virtual Retreat  Experience transformation through the power of the mandala—a universal map for inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. During this virtual teaching, Lama Tsultrim Allione will give the transmission of the Yab Yum Mandala, a practice she developed to bring emotional transformation into alignment…

‘Live’ Webcast - Oral Transmission (Tib. Lung) for Green Tara, CNNR Chöd, and Riwo Sangchö
May 15, 2021

What is a Lung? Certain Vajrayana Buddhist practices require that you receive a Lung before you can begin to study or implement them. A Lung is an oral transmission of a practice, not a teaching. In the Tibetan tradition it is understood that during the Lung, the student receives a…

Tara Mandala Dharma Teacher & Sangha Leader Retreat - VIRTUAL RETREAT
June 3, 2021

This retreat is for Tara Mandala Authorized and Apprentice Teachers, Satellite Sangha leaders, and Kalyanamitras and is by invitation only. Lama Tsultrim requests that all Authorized and Apprentice Teachers attend all of the live sessions (exceptions given to Europeans for the last practice sessions). Satellite Sangha leaders and Kalyanamitras are…

Green Tara 'Live' - Online Course
June 12, 2021

This is a great introductory course for understanding ‘deity’ practice in Buddhism.  Green Tara is one of the most beloved and important deities in Tibetan Buddhism. Taught by Lama Tsultrim Allione and Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, it includes 4 Live Webcasts with Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam. Click here for more information or to register: https://www.taramandala.org/online-programs-shop/green-tara-online-course-packages/

Ösel Nyingtig: Yeshe Tsogyal Sadhana Retreat - VIRTUAL RETREAT
July 9, 2021

In this retreat we will continue to go deeper into the dakini world of Yeshe Tsogyal. The auspicious interdependence that was set in motion in last year’s The Excellent Path of Great Bliss of the Dakini Ngöndro is brought to fruition in this practice. This Sadhana or Means for Accomplishing…

Ösel Nyingtig: Dakini Ngöndro Accomplishment Ceremony - VIRTUAL RETREAT
July 9, 2021

Tara Mandala invites all practitioners who maintained their Dakini Ngöndro daily practice since July 9, 2020 to this special Accomplishment Ceremony with Lama Tsultrim Allione and Tulku Ösel Dorje as an opportunity to gather as a community to recognize and honor the effort of completing this year-long commitment. This ceremony…

Wisdom Rising 'Live' - Online Course
November 6, 2021

In this 7-week course, Lama Tsultrim will: Guide you through the development of the feminine in Buddhism. Introduce the mandala principle and its importance to western and eastern psychology. Provide an in-depth overview of the fierce feminine qualities found within the five Dakini buddha families. Additionally, students will have the…

Ösel Nyingtig Cycle: Tröma Chöd - VIRTUAL RETREAT
December 2, 2021

In this retreat we will learn the supreme form of generosity, the practice of Chöd from the Ösel Nyingtig.  This mind treasure, known as the ‘Self-Liberation of Ego Clinging,’ is Bhagavati Tröma Nagmo’s ultimate practice of Chöd which was revealed by A.dzom Rinpoche at Tara Mandala.  The teachings on this…