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

Feeding Your Demons® - Online Program
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Join the Feeding Your Demons® Online Program and become fully certified to use this method in a professional setting with clients, or choose the à la carte options for personal growth and enrichment. Through compelling content and practice assignments, participants engage in a journey of increasing levels of personal transformation…

Zhitro: Self-Paced Program
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In our society we often lack practices specifically designed to help someone who has died as they embark on their transitional journey. The simple and accessible practice of Zhitro offers a real way for a practitioner to help the deceased. This practice also helps one to become familiarized with the…

Riwo Sangchö: Self-Paced Program
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Riwo Sangchö is the most widely-practiced sadhana for the Tibetan rite of sang, fragrant smoke offering. Sang is an ancient and powerful practice for purifying sickness, removing obstacles, accruing merit, and paying karmic debts. Through making offerings to the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas, Dharmapālas, Dakinis, and all sentient beings as well…

Wisdom Rising: Self-Paced Program
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Key Features In this self-paced course, Lama Tsultrim takes you through the development of the feminine in Buddhism, the mandala principle, an introduction to the fierce feminine of the dakinis, the five buddha families, and several transformative meditation practices.  The course includes over 13 hours of teachings, guided meditations, worksheets,…

Green Tara: Self-Paced Program
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Green Tara sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative life. In this self-paced program, you have the opportunity to learn to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who…

Chöd of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche: Self-Paced Program
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Chöd, the practice of severance, is a profound ritual for dealing with fears, illnesses, and difficult emotions. Developed in the 11th century by the great Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön, the practice of Chöd slowly transformed from an obscure practice lineage into a cornerstone of multiple schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The…

Machig Labdrön and the Nature of Mind: Self-Paced Program
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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…

Opening the Heart Sutra: Self-Paced Program
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In this self-paced program, Lama Tsultrim Allione teaches on the history and philosophical meaning of the Heart Sutra, the most widely beloved condensation of the Prajnaparamita literature. But despite its brevity and pithy nature, the Heart Sutra can be an easy source of confusion for those new to Mahayana philosophy.…

The Mandala Principle, MP3 (Digital Download)
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The Mandala Principle – MP3 Lama Tsultrim Allione’s teachings on the Mandala Principle. The mandala is a template or blueprint of wholeness. It has a center and four directions. Associated with each direction is a color, an element, an obstructed pattern and a wisdom. It is a way to understand yourself and…

Wisdom Rising Essential Practices – MP3 (Digital Download)
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This includes 7 guided meditations, as taught in the Wisdom Rising book, and led by Lama Tsultrim Allione, including: Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis Practice Journey with the Dakini Practice Family Regression Practices (five practices – one for each family) Audio Length (total) 181 min Click Here for Our…

Dakini Mandala Practice – Guided Meditation, MP3 (Digital Download)
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This is a guided meditation of the Dakini Mandala practice led by Lama Tsultrim Allione. Audio Length, 30 min Downloadable MP3 File,  29MB Upon purchase, you will have instant access to download the MP3 file.  Click Here for Our Cancellation and Refund Policy

Relationship & Intimacy as a Path – MP3 (Digital Download)
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Lama Tsultrim Allione teaches on intimate relationship as a powerful transformative tool for awakening and how relationships can, in themselves, be the path. Audio Length, 1 hour Downloadable MP3 File, 45MB Click Here for Our Cancellation and Refund Policy

Machig Labdrön’s Four Demons & Feeding Your Demons Meditation – MP3 (Digital Download)
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Lama Tsultrim Allione teaches on the Four Types of Demons as taught by the 11th Century yogini Machig Labdrön who founded the Chöd lineage in Tibet.  Lama Tsultrim introduces the concept of “feeding” not “fighting” that which ails us. She dives into “demons” such as fears, self-hatred, relationship issues, addictions, illnesses and depression, and…

The Life & Teachings of the Buddha – MP3 (Digital Download)
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A perfect teaching for beginning and advanced students alike that includes a guided meditation practice. In this recording, Lama Tsultrim teaches on the important historical development of Buddhism and the three core principles of Buddhist training: discipline, meditative concentration, and wisdom. Lama Tsultrim introduces the Vehicles (Yanas) of Tibetan Buddhism…

Practicing at the Time of Death: Six Moments of Opportunity – MP3 (Digital Download)
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Lama Tsultrim Allione’s teachings on the Bardo, the intermediate stage between death and rebirth. The Bardo is an ideal time to practice and recognize our true nature. Audio Length, 1 hour Downloadable MP3 File, 42MB Upon purchase, you will have instant access to download the MP3 file.  Click Here for Our…

Intimate Dialogue with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Lama Tsultrim Allione- Video (Digital Download)
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Lama Tsultrim and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo were one of the first American and European nuns, respectively, to be ordained in any Tibetan Buddhist lineage. Friends of 50 years, these fierce feminists discuss how they have revolutionized the role of women in dharma – and their work is far from over.…

Intimate Dialogue Series: A Three Video Collection (Digital Download)
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This three-video compilation includes intimate conversations about living a spiritual life. The conversations were recorded in a setting with an audience that posed a variety of in-depth and important spiritual questions.  The dialogues are between Lama Tsultrim Allione and her close friends Jetsunman Tenzin Palmo, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, and Krishna Das…

Voices of Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Online Symposium Recorded Sessions (Digital Download)
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Voices of Wisdom in Times of Crisis An Online Symposium Friday, May 22  – Monday, May 25, 2020 This recording package includes 13 sessions recorded during the Voices of Wisdom in Times of Crisis Online Symposium, co-hosted by Lama Tsultrim Allione and Shiva Rea. In these recordings, visionaries, teachers, activists and scholars…

Taking Grief onto the Path, MP4 (Digital Download - Video)
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This is a video recording of an intimate teaching offered by Lama Tsultrim Allione, at the request of Chagdud Khadro, to teach on how a practitioner can take grief onto the spiritual path. This is the first teaching that Lama Tsultrim offered after the passing of her husband, David Petit.…

Lama Live!
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IMPORTANT!!! This is an internal listing for the calendar that is redirected through a forwarding link by Ben to: https://www.taramandala.org/connect/ask-lama-tsultrim/  the root text document for website copy updates is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UGQxNsuTuED_DM-UVs8I4VoXLoXzlZaJqMaHRQioNv0/edit#

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level IV (Retreat in California)
July 11 - 16, 2023

In Kapala Training Level IV you will receive: “Machig’s Direct Transmission” from Lama Tsultrim “The Crystal and Its Rays” movement practice “5 Elements” practice The retreat will also include additional practices and delve deeper into the intersections of FYD and neuroscience.  Who Can Attend? This is a required retreat for…

Ösel Nyingtig Gathering (USA) - Retreat in Colorado
August 4 - 10, 2023

We are pleased to announce that our inaugural, Ösel Nyingtig Gathering, will be offered this summer at Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This special retreat will provide a long-awaited opportunity to connect in-person with our cherished sangha and to dive deeply into the teachings of this cycle,…

Ösel Nyingtig Cycle: Yeshe Tsogyal Sadhana - ONLINE
August 5 - 9, 2023

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 Cycle: Special Instructions of the Exceedingly Secret Tröma - Part 1 - ONLINE
August 7 - 10, 2023

As it says in the root text, “Even If you were to actually meet me, Padmasambhava you would not receive a greater instruction than this.  Whoever encounters this will realize the great bliss space free of transition.”  Tara Mandala invites you to join us as we continue to progress on…

Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine — ONLINE
October 12 - November 30, 2023

“The mandala is a template or blueprint of wholeness. It has a center and four directions. Associated with each direction is a color, an element, an obstructed pattern and a wisdom. It is a way to understand yourself and also your world.” – Lama Tsultrim Allione  We invite you to…