Tara Mandala Authorized Teachers

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Ellen Booth Church

Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 25 years. She is a Buddhist teacher, meditation coach, former member on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, and an accomplished educator and author of many educational books and articles for parents and teachers. Formerly a professor of Education at the State University of New York, she is currently an adjunct Professor of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Ellen has assisted in creating three satellite Tara Mandala Sanghas (Key West, FL; Ithaca, NY; and Marathon, FL) for her teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione. Ellen teaches widely across the United States…

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Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam is a teacher, organizational leader, and consultant/coach with a strong commitment to helping others foster creative growth, self awareness and spacious presence in all aspects of their lives. She has been teaching and guiding meditation in Feeding Your Demons™ nationally and internationally for several years, and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University. She received her Masters degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for fifteen years and a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione for the last five. Lopön Charlotte has brought compassionate and creative leadership to the Tara…

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Lopön Chandra Easton

Lopön Chandra Easton is a teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdrön and Lama Tsultrim Allione. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga since 2001 and co-translated Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection. In September of 2015, she was enthroned as the Dorje Lopön (Vajra Teacher) of Tara Mandala under Lama Tsultrim Allione and given the name Lopön Yeshe Dawa Zangmo by H.E. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who presided over the ceremony with Lama Tsultrim. She is on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee through which she teaches and…

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Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and an entrepreneur (currently CEO of CELSUS Bio-Intelligence, a skin care company). In the past, Pieter has brought innovative leadership to institutions such as Naropa University and Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center, where he served as Co-Executive Director for four years. He also served as Trustee on the Board at Tara Mandala. His years of leadership have been dedicated to creating healthy, creative, and effective organizations, built on cultures of openness, authenticity and honest communication. Pieter has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Trsultrim’s lineage for several years. To this end, he brings…

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Dagmar Loewenkamp

Dagmar Loewenkamp has been on the Buddhist path and worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor in Analytic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Breath and Bodywork since 1989. She has been a student of several different Buddhist schools and studied with Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for many years. Through her Buddhist practice, Dagmar felt the need to bring the path into her therapeutic work. Between 1999 and 2005 she participated in, assisted, and co-taught “Karuna Training” (the German version of the Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology program). She is a Shamatha meditation instructor. She met Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2004 and has since been…

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Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 26 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Chandra Easton. Karla is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University. She also leads the Tara Mandala sangha in New York City.

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Polly Ryan, MFT

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1991. She has also studied with B. Alan Wallace for over two decades. Polly is a certified Feeding Your Demons® Therapist and utilizes this process as a therapeutic life tool to assist clients in feeding rather than fighting their inner blocks to healing, growth and transformation. Polly opened her psychotherapy practice in 1986 in Truckee, CA, and Reno, NV. She leads the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha in downtown Truckee. Authorized to Teach: Prajna Paramita Feeding Your Demons® Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis Sutrayana pollyryanmft@gmail.com…

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Jeffrey Tipp, LMFTI

Jeffrey Tipp was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968, entered the into Dharma with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1973, met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded  Blue Heron Zen Community, an urban residential Zen Center in Seattle, in 1980. He received Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2006, and permission to teach from Lama Tsultrim in 2010. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and lives with his wife Roberta on Vashon Island. Jeff and Roberta both have a Skype video therapy practice with clients who are at a…

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Barbara Staemmler

Barbara Staemmler has studied medicine and specialized in psychotherapy. For more than twenty-six years she has been working as gestalt therapist and supervisor in private practice; she is also conducting gestalt therapy training programs. She has had additional trainings in psychoanalytic therapy, in musical therapy, and in body work. She started meditation 1993 and since 2004 she is a student of Lama Tsultrim. She has been several times in TARA MANDALA, has traveled with Lama Tsultrim to Tibet and assisted her in teaching the Kapala Training. She teaches ‘Feeding your Demons®’, Kapala 1 + 2 Training and Prajna Paramita in…

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Robin Gayle

Robin Gayle has undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology, psychology, and east-west studies. She is a Tara Mandala authorized Feeding Your Demons® psychotherapist in private practice in Marin County, CA, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at DominicanUniversity of California.  Her interest in Buddhism began in 1986 with teachings and an empowerment by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey; followed by Kalachakra & Dzogchen teachings by H. H. Dalai Lama; Longchen Nyngtig and Rinchen Terzod cycles with Ven. Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche; intensive Shamatha, Vipassana, Lojong, and Dzogchen retreats with B. Alan Wallace; and teachings and empowerments by Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche and…