Episode No. 3: Personal Stories of Lineage, Empowerment, and Progress

For the first time Lama Tsultrim speaks publicly about her family lineage of Buddhism and the research she has been doing in particular around her grandmother who was the fifth person to receive a PhD from Harvard Radcliffe. While working on her memoir, Places She Lives., Lama Tsultrim has been tracking the origins of Buddhism in America, leading back to Thoreau and Emerson.

Topics Discussed:

  • Lama Tsultrim’s background
  • Lama’s grandmother’s role in Lama’s introduction to Buddhism
  • How the patriarchy influenced Lama’s grandmother’s education
  • Why the study of your own lineage can help you tap into your inner wisdom


Guided Meditation:  Father’s Day meditation with Lama Tsultrim Allione [9:52

About 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). Over 55 years of practice as a monastic and a laywoman, Lama Tsultrim has fully embraced the arc of Buddhism coming to the West as well as fully embracing her experience as a woman emerging from a patriarchal structure into a — of empowerment and agency.  She founded the first Western Buddhist center dedicated to the Sacred Feminine in the Buddhist tradition, and leads several long term practice paths including, Magyu, the mother lineage.  She emphasizes the need for emotional development to accompany spiritual practice, leading a vibrant international community with over forty groups around the world. 

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