Teachers

Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992.   She has a BA in music performance, a certificate in Music therapy, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and has been a licensed therapist in California and Nevada for 40 years. Feeding Your Demons® is an important power tool in her psychotherapy practice. She has studied with Lama Tsultrim for over thirty-two years in the lineage of Machig Labdrön and is in the Maygu, Gateway, and Ösel Nyingtig programs. She serves as a senior authorized teacher and Kaliyanamitra for Tara Mandala students. She founded the Northern Sierra Tara Mandala Sangha in 2010 which continues to hold online book studies and weekly practices. She has led and assisted many retreats in person and online for Tara Mandala including Prajna Paramita, Feeding Your Demons®, Chöd, the Mandala practices, the Three Yanas, and Ösel Nyingtig. In 2023 she co-led a Rinchen Trengwa research pilgrimage to Druk Zangri Khamar in Bhutan. Under the tutelage of Lama Alan Wallace she has studied and practiced Shamatha, Seven Point Mind Training, the Four Immeasurables, and Dzogchen. She has received Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H. H. the Dalai Lama and studied with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Drupön Lama Karma, Khenpo Urgyen Wangchuk, Chagdud Khadro, Lama Willa Baker, and Wendy Garling. Her passion is to bring to life the stories and wisdom of the women in Buddhism. She is a mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. She is currently living at Tara Mandala serving as Assistant Resident Teacher.

Authorized to teach:
Feeding Your Demons®
Five Dakini Mandala Meditation
Kapala Training Level I
Namkhai Norbu Chöd
Prajña Paramita Meditation
Three Yanas: Sutrayana Retreat

Contact: inneractiontherapy@gmail.com
Website: www.inneractiontherapy.com
Location: Truckee, California & Reno, Nevada

Events with Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

2-Week Immersive Practice Retreat: The Great Mother, Prajnaparamita (Retreat in Colorado)
June 1 - 15, 2024

***UPDATE: As of April 19, 2024, registration for this program is no longer available. Please visit our calendar to view our upcoming offerings.*** Tara Mandala is thrilled to offer our first 2-week long in person practice retreat.  Together we step out of our regular routine and bask in the beauty…

Zhitro Daylong Practice Intensive (online)
September 21, 2024

We invite you to join us for a day of community and deep practice as we connect with the simple practice of Zhitro.  In our modern-day society, we lack traditions and rituals specifically designed to help someone who has died as they embark on their transitional journey. The practice of…

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…