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Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje

Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje was born in Rome, Italy in 1980 to an Italian filmmaker, Costanzo Allione, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.  Since birth, he’s been immersed in the Dharma. There were often Tibetan Lamas at home and most vacations were spent at retreat centers with Lamas such as Lopön Tenzin Namdak, Lama Wangdor Rinpoche, and Chögyal Namkhai Norbu with whom he had a particularly strong connection. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu spoke several times of having dreams about him. 

At the age of eleven, he attended the Kalachakra Empowerment with HH Dalai Lama in NYC in 1991 and was invited to sit on the stage with his mother and received His Holiness’ blessing.  When he was twelve, he received pointing out the nature of mind instructions in the presence of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Kathmandu. 

After graduating from college with a degree in microbiology he met his root Guru A.dzom Rinpoche at the age of 21, and a deep desire for practice, study, and solitary retreat was awakened in him. He began to practice seriously by doing a series of long retreats in an isolated cabin on a high ridge at Tara Mandala. He accumulated four years in strict retreat during which he practiced the full preliminary practices of Ngondro five times. He also practiced Lama, Yidam, and Dakini practices from the Ösel Dorje Sang Dzo and Ösel Nyingtig. He practiced Tsalung and the Dzogchen teachings of Rushan, Trekcho and Togal under the guidance of A.dzom Rinpoche and Gochen Tulku Sangngak Rinpoche. Over the last twenty years, his primary practices have been the termas of A.dzom Rinpoche.   

After his retreats, he moved to Nepal and began further study of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language. While in Asia he undertook and completed a traditional 108 Charnel Ground Chöd pilgrimage in the mountains of Ladakh as a wandering yogi for four months. He also did other remote pilgrimages to sacred places of Guru Rinpoche in Nepal, Ladakh, and India.  In 2018 he received a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies from Kathmandu University through Rangjung Yeshe Institute.

He was recognized by A.dzom Rinpoche in 2003 as a reincarnation of Yudra Nyingpo who was present in Tibet at the time of Guru Padma Sambhava, King Tritsen Detsen, and Vairocana in the eighth century. To avoid obstacles, his recognition was kept secret for many years and not widely shared.  On his birthday in March of 2019, on a full moon, he was formally enthroned by A.dzom Rinpoche and he was given the decree to teach and spread his Guru’s precious Termas and other teachings in the West. 

In the summer of 2019, he was enthroned by Lama Tsultrim as Dorje Gyaltsab (Vajra Regent) of Tara Mandala and is now resident Lama at Tara Mandala, as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees and Prajna Council. Tulku Ösel now lives with his wife, Cady, and two sons at Tara Mandala fulfilling his duties as Dorje Gyaltsab. He is continually developing study and practice programs, writing commentaries and he teaches nationally and internationally.

Events with Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje

Ösel Nyingtig: Means for Accomplishing the Guru and Continuing Tröma’s Secret Instructions (Retreat in Colorado)
July 27 - August 1, 2024

We are pleased to offer to the Ösel Nyingtig students for the first time this profound teaching from the Osel Nyingtig terma Cycle for accomplishing the Guru known as the Secret Thigle. This practice was revealed in Tibet in 2007 by A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche when he met Guru Rinpoche in…

Taming the Mind: Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation (Shamatha) (Retreat in Germany)
September 13 - 15, 2024

English with German Translation On a daily basis, our minds run wild and fall victim to afflictive emotions like suffering, depression, laziness, and distractions. At the heart of the Buddhist path, training the mind is essential. The practice of Shamatha, Calm Abiding Meditation, puts special emphasis on developing one-pointed concentration…

Ösel Nyingtig: Means for Accomplishing the Guru & Continuing Tröma’s Secret Instructions (Retreat in Germany)
September 18 - 22, 2024

English with German and Italian Translation Tulku Ösel is pleased to offer to the Ösel Nyingtig students for the first time this profound teaching from the Ösel Nyingtig terma Cycle for accomplishing the Guru known as the Secret Thigle. This practice was revealed in Tibet in 2007 by A.dzom Paylo…

Dakini Ngöndro: The Excellent Path of Great Bliss (Retreat in Germany)
September 26 - 29, 2024

English with German Translation Tulku Ösel Dorje invites you to learn the profound Dakini Ngöndro from A.dzom Rinpoche’s Ösel Nyingtig terma cycle. This cycle for accomplishing the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal was first revealed in Tibet at Yeshe Tsogyal’s birthplace. At that time, Yeshe Tsogyal appeared to A.dzom Rinpoche. Through the…

Tara Mandala Autumn Month-Long Practice Retreat 2024 (Retreat in Colorado)
October 5 - November 2, 2024

***UPDATE: As of April 19, 2024, registration for this program is no longer available. Please visit our calendar to view our upcoming offerings.*** With great excitement, we announce the fruition of a long-held aspiration to offer a month-long practice retreat where we step out of our regular routine and experience the simplicity…

Dakini Ngöndro: The Excellent Path of Great Bliss (online)
November 14 - 17, 2024

Tara Mandala invites you to learn the profound Dakini Ngöndro from A.dzom Rinpoche’s Ösel Nyingtig terma cycle. This cycle for accomplishing the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal was first revealed in Tibet at Yeshe Tsogyal’s birthplace. At that time, Yeshe Tsogyal appeared to A.dzom Rinpoche. Through the interdependence of Lama Tsultrim’s request,…

Ösel Nyingtig: Means for Accomplishing the Guru and Continuing Tröma’s Secret Instructions (online)
December 6 - 8, 2024

We are pleased to offer to the Ösel Nyingtig students for the first time this profound teaching from the Osel Nyingtig terma Cycle for accomplishing the Guru known as the Secret Thigle. This practice was revealed in Tibet in 2007 by A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche when he met Guru Rinpoche in…