Feeding Your Demons®: Level I


Key Features

  • Resolve inner conflict and heal emotional distress using an ancient healing practice simplified for our modern times.

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn the history, theory and practice of Feeding Your Demons® (FYD), which is based on an ancient Buddhist practice for healing.
  • Discover how to work with afflictive emotions and habitual patterns, unraveling their roots and discovering your own innate wisdom.Gain a deeper understanding of what drains your energy and occupies your mind, learning how to liberate these patterns.
  • Learn how to work with personal, societal, and family demons (sources of distress).
  • Integrate the practice by working with clay and art, to more fully express and feel the process of transformation.
  • Understand the interconnectedness of your emotional patterns, and how a single pattern can impact multiple areas of your life.

Who Is This Course For?

Feeding Your Demons® has benefited thousands of people worldwide, with practitioners from every walk of life on five continents. The work transcends spiritual constructs, serving as a meaningful tool for anyone who wishes to feel greater peace with their emotions, regardless of religious affiliation or personal philosophy. If you have suffered with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, illness, fear, eating disorders, self-hatred, grief, anger issues, prejudice, or any other form of internal conflict and suffering, then you can benefit from Feeding Your Demons®.


  • 8+ hours of video teachings
  • 3 guided practice sessions
  • Course transcript
  • 10 assignments and 4 tracking forms
  • Instructions for working with art and clay


Note: We will offer a full refund within the first week of purchase for all courses over $50, excluding any ‘live’ programs, if you are not fully satisfied with the course.

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Feeding Your Demons®: Level I (FYD I) is the first course in our FYD Online Training Series. In this course, Lama Tsultrim Allione (the developer of Feeding Your Demons®) teaches the five steps of FYD in depth, with lectures, demonstrations, guided meditations and assignments. She also teaches the history and philosophical roots of the practice, and an introduction to Hydra complexes, with a special teaching on ‘Art & FYD Practice’ from Lopön Chandra Easton. With five hours of exclusive video content, audio downloads, recordings of live Q&A sessions, interactive discussion forums, and worksheets, this program is an ideal way to immerse yourself in this profound path of self-transformation from your own home.

Feeding Your Demons® is an accessible and effective approach for dealing with negative emotions, addictions, fears, trauma, and self-defeating patterns. Based on the ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice of Chöd, FYD reverses the paradigm of fighting with our demons, instead prompting us to investigate their causes and feed these fragmented aspects of our psyche with love and compassion. By releasing the pent-up energy trapped in these internal conflicts, we can effectively heal and transform them into allies in our life.

Inspired by the ancient Tibetan practice of Chöd, developed by the 11th century Buddhist yogini Machig Labdrön, FYD offers a profound path of self-transformation by effectively adapting ancient principles for a modern secular audience. By feeding love and compassion to the shadow aspects of our consciousness, we reverse the conventional paradigm of fighting with our demons and allow our psyche to move from polarization toward integration.

Please note that FYD Online is NOT a replacement for the Kapala Training Program, and it does not count towards accomplishment of the Magyu Lineage Program. This FYD Online course is intended for those who wish to solely focus on FYD training, including anybody who doesn’t necessarily wish to engage in Buddhist practices. The Kapala Trainings include teachings on Prajna Paramita (Perfection of Wisdom) practice as well as other nature of mind practices of Machig Labdrön, the founder of Chöd which is the foundation of FYD. FYD Online courses are meant to be a more secular approach to FYD alone.

Course materials include five sessions of Lama Tsultrim teachings, a guided FYD session, worksheets and tracking forms, a transcript of the course, and support teachings including audio recordings of Lama Tsultrim teaching on Machig’s Four Demons.

What are Demons?

Our demons are neglected aspects of our own psyche, relegated to the dark recesses of our minds, which have no independent existence outside of our experience of them. Yet even in modern society we engage with our personal demons as though they were independently real. Our demons of disease, addiction, and anxiety are often personified and projected as an external evil. We have veterans fighting their PTSD, cancer patients battling their illnesses, alcoholics struggling with their addictions – yet this adversarial approach only further disintegrates our psyche in an attempt to disassociate from our shadow.

We also regularly experience and can identify societal demons such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice, but we seldom work with these energies directly, and may ignore our own personal relationships with oppression and privilege. By working with our neuroses through FYD, we can transform the pent-up energy invested in our demon complexes into allies, aiding us on our path towards individuation and liberation.

How do I become a Certified Facilitator?

FYD Facilitator Certification can only be accomplished through the Kapala Training Program at this time. To learn more about our Kapala Training, please click here.

At this time we are not offering a second certification pathway via FYD online training. However, we are currently reviewing the Kapala and FYD online training tracks and will be announcing changes to these programs in the near future. If you have taken FYD I online with an interest in certification, please email registrar@taramandala.org to register your interest. We will contact you in the near future when the new programs are available.

If you intend to apply for Feeding Your Demons®  certification, you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete Kapala Training Levels 1 and 2.
  2. Provide documentation (Tracking Forms) showing that you have completed 54 solo and 54 partner sessions (both yours and partner’s Tracking form makes one partner session), totaling 108 sessions.
  3. Pass a test with an Authorized Tara Mandala Teacher showing that you can guide someone through the process by memory, without using the text.

Course Content

FYD I covers the history, practice, and daily integration of the five-step process. With guided exercises and demon feedings, participants will become acquainted with their own shadow through investigation of various types of personal and societal demons. An introduction to simple sitting meditation is also provided.



  • How to use this course
  • Downloads
      1. Audio – Machig’s Four Demons (in 4 parts)
      2. Audio – FYD Art Guided Meditation
      3. Audio – FYD Guided Practice
      4. Text – Course Transcript (Lama Tsultrim and Lopön Chandra Easton)
  1. Module 1: Intro to the Five Steps – 1h 8m
    1. In our first session session, Lama Tsultrim will cover the development of FYD, describe the basics of the five steps, and do a practice demonstration with a volunteer.
    2. At the end, you will do a guided FYD session with Lama Tsultrim. You can follow along on the video (the audio will play over a static screen), or you can download the practice mp3 below and use it on your personal device.
  2. Module 2: Uncovering the Roots – 1h 25m (with guided practice session)
    1. In this session, Lama Tsultrim digs deeper into the wider context of FYD. She teaches the biography of the 11th century yogini Machig Labdrön and her practice of Chöd, the foundation for FYD.
  3. Module 3: Healing Trauma with FYD – 1h 17m (with guided practice session)
    1. In Session Three, Lama Tsultrim discusses the therapeutic applications of FYD. We will begin using the Demon Tracking Form, which is used to keep track of our process and record the dialogues that take place between us and our demons & allies. Be sure to keep all tracking forms in a folder, as we will be referring back to these forms in future FYD work.
    2. Lama Tsultrim also introduces instructions for partner work, which you can find more about here.
  4. Module 4: FYD and Art with Lopön Chandra – 1hr 16m (With guided practice w/clay)
    1. In this session, authorized teacher Lopön Chandra Easton discusses the incorporation of art into FYD. Through the use of sculpture, painting, drawing, or other creative media, we can deepen our practice and engage our senses in the five step process. In the lesson, we see FYD art examples from Lopön Chandra as well as from students at Tara Mandala who are working with FYD in depth.
    2. At the end of the lesson, you will be guided through a FYD process including art. For this, use can use any media for visual art – pencils, crayons, paint, clay, etc. Be sure to gather all supplies before beginning the process. You can either follow along with the audio at the end of the video or download the guided meditation mp3 below.
  5. Module 5: Questions & Answers – 2h 27m
    1. This section includes a Q&A session with Lama Tsultrim, featuring questions from a group of retreatants at Tara Mandala. In addition, Lama Tsultrim discusses the process of becoming a FYD facilitator, and Lopön Chandrashares her experience of being a facilitator and how it has affected her life.
    2. Demons in the family and conflict resolution – 11m
    3. Working with demons of trauma and abuse – 4m
  6. Module 6: Beginning Mindfulness Meditation – 13m
    1. FYD can be an excellent introduction to mindfulness practice, but for many it can be initially challenging to maintain focus. The practice of Calm Abiding Meditation, known as shamatha in Sanskrit and shiné in Tibetan, is the foundational practice taught by The Buddha. In it, the practitioner develops one-pointed concentration and calms the constant chatter of the mind, which offers countless psychological and physiological benefits.
    2. If you are able, spend some time each morning in silent meditation. The mental calm and increased awareness will benefit your FYD practice as well as many other aspects of daily life.


  • FYD Assignments
      1. FYD Tracking Forms
      2. 1: Outer Demons
      3. 2: Inner Demons
      4. 3; Demons of Elation
      5. 4: Demon of Egocentricity
      6. 5: God-Demons
      7. 6: Demons of Illness
      8. 7: Demons of Addiction
      9. 8: Creating a Hydra Map
      10. 9: Mapping our Family Lineage Demons
      11. 10: Societal Demons
      12. Moving Forward
  • Feeding Your Demon Tracking Forms




SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: At this time the FYD Online Training is only available for those who wish to practice the process to benefit their individual situation. We are currently reviewing the FYD Facilitator certification course as Feeding Your Demons® is undergoing important and useful clinical study trials. If you signed up and completed FYD Level I with the intention to become certified to assist others, please know that currently the only way to accomplish certification is through our Kapala Trainings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in the short term. We are currently reassessing our online FYD certification process to better serve our psychotherapeutic community. FYD Level II will be available by the end of Summer 2018.

Please be aware that completion of FYD I and FYD II does not grant authorization or permission to facilitate or use the process with other individuals or with groups. It is only for personal use at this time.

Only Certified Feeding Your Demons® Psychotherapists and Facilitators can use the method to assist other people.

About the Teachers

Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lopön Chandra Easton