Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione, author and international teacher, founded Tara Mandala with her late husband, David Petit, in 1994. Tara Mandala was inspired by a vision she had of a Western retreat center, while living in the Himalayas in the 1970s. Today Lama Tsultrim serves as Tara Mandala’s spiritual director and resident teacher.

Lama Tsultrim was one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan nun in 1970 by the 16th Karmapa. At the age of 26, after four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised three children. Lama Tsultrim earned a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Women’s Studies from AntiochUniversity and she is the author of Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book about the lives of great female Tibetan practitioners.

Lama Tsultrim also authored Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict (Little Brown Co. 2008), a book that connects the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism with the Western concept of the psyche, addressing major cultural issues and the roots of our suffering. This National Bestseller is based on Lama Tsultrim’s pioneering technique using five steps to nurture the parts of ourselves that we usually fight.

For many years, Lama Tsultrim has focused her teachings on the lineage of Machig Labdrön, the 11th century Tibetan yogini who founded the Chöd lineage. In 2007, while leading a pilgrimage to Tibet, she was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön by the resident Lama of Zangri Khangmar (Machig’s monastery in Tibet). In 2009 she was selected by an esteemed committee of scholars and practitioners to receive the international Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award given in Bangkok, Thailand.

Lama Tsultrim’s teachings arise from the blessings of her many wonderful Tibetan Buddhist teachers, her 40-year dedication to the Buddhist teachings, and her experience as a Western woman. To read more about Lama Tsultrim Allione go to: http://taramandala.org/about/lama-tsultrim/

Upcoming Programs by Lama Tsultrim Allione

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Authorized Teacher’s Symposium

July 30 - August 5, 2014

This retreat is by invitation only Because it is within 30 days before the start of the retreat, full payment is required to register.  

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White Dakini Drubchen

Also With Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche

August 9 - 20, 2014

The annual Drubchen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) of the White Dakini practice from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Randröl (Self-Liberation from Fixation) treasure cycle will be performed at Tara Mandala. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Sang-ngag Rinpoche, our Drubchen Vajra Master. We will experience a traditional empowerment given by Rinpoche and we will be … More

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The Heart of the Heart

Also With Annette Kaiser

September 1 - 6, 2014

Annette Kaiser is the lineage holder of  the Sufi master Irina Tweedie, author of Chasm of Fire, and will teach on the stillness of the moment.  In silence we experience—beyond words—a dynamic that is the source of all forms emerging in beauty and harmony. There are rhythms and cycles, big and small, ever changing patterns, … More

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Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level II

September 9 - 15, 2014

This retreat is a continuation of the Kapala Training program. It consists of a deepening of the Prajña Paramita practice, an introduction to Jamgön Kongtrül’s text “Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother”, and Machig Labdrön’s method for cutting through discursive thoughts with sound. Feeding Your DemonsTM work will continue individually, and in dyads, and will … More

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Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level III

September 9 - 15, 2014

In this retreat, we will go further into Machig Labdrön’s lineage, by learning specific new practices and deepening our understanding of the roots, and branches, of her lineage. Lama Tsultrim will be giving the Machig empowerment and associated practices during this retreat. Prerequisites are completion of the following: Kapala Training Level I; Kapala Training Level II; … More

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20TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDER’S WEEKEND

Also With Peter Rowan and Yungchen Lhamo

September 18 - 21, 2014

This weekend celebrates the Founder’s of Tara Mandala. September 19 will be a big Chöd Feast with musical offerings from our very talented Sangha as well as Peter and Yungchen Lhamo, toasts, poems, stories. Both bluegrass and Tibetan music come out of remote mountain areas populated by hill country people. Tibetan music, like bluegrass, has its roots … More

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P’howa & Zhitro: Practices for Death & Dying

Also With Chagdud Khadro

September 27 - October 1, 2014

These two extraordinary women are teaching P’howa & Zhitro once again this year. Lama Tsultrim will teach Zhitro (Peaceful and Wrathful) practice, used to help those who have died. Chagdud Khandro will teach P’howa, the ability to transfer consciousness into an exalted state at the moment of death. P’howa transforms death into an opportunity for … More

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P’howa & Zhitro: Practices for Death & Dying

Also With Chagdud Khadro

September 27 - October 1, 2014

These two extraordinary women are teaching P’howa & Zhitro once again this year. Lama Tsultrim will teach Zhitro (Peaceful and Wrathful) practice, used to help those who have died. Chagdud Khandro will teach P’howa, the ability to transfer consciousness into an exalted state at the moment of death. P’howa transforms death into an opportunity for … More

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Naropa University: Radical Compassion Symposium: October 16th and 18th

October 16 - 19, 2014

Thursday, October 16 Feeding Your Demons Intensive 10am-4pm Inspired by the ancient Tibetan practice of Chod, Feeding your Demons is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim that allows us to offer compassion and understanding to our own inner demons rather than engaging them in battle and struggle. This process is of great benefit when … More

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The Mandala of Enlightened Union: Inviting the Sacred Masculine/Feminine

October 24 - 26, 2014

The Tantric tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism offers the evocative image of the masculine and feminine in sacred union. This symbol is an invitation to unify within ourselves and within the partnership of the wisdom of the feminine and the skillful means of the masculine. Through understanding and engaging this dynamic interplay, we can begin to … More

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Dzinpa Rangdrol Ngondro

October 29 - November 2, 2014

The Dzinpa Rangdröl ngöndro (foundational practices) of the Yangsang Khandro Thug Tig (Exceedingly Secret Heart Essence of the Dakini) cycle is the gateway for entering the profound lineage of the Dzinpa Rangdröl cycle. Since the time of Guru Rinpoche, the practice of ngöndro has been completed by all of the great yogis and yoginis, and … More

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Screening “Feeding Your Demons: The Life and Work of Lama Tsultrim Allione”, a film by Jaap Verhoeven

November 3, 2014

This one hour documentary, filmed and directed by Jaap Verhoeven, highlights Lama Tsultrim Allione’s early life, her discovery of Tibetan Buddhism, and her four years as a nun in India. Lama Tsultrim shares her journey of raising children, personal challenges, and her unceasing quest to bring the sacred feminine to light. The film also features … More

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Feeding Your Demons™ Daylong

November 4, 2014

Inspired by the ancient practice of Chöd, “Feeding Your Demons” is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione that allows one to offer compassion and understanding to one’s own inner demons rather than engaging them in battle and struggle. This develops the potential for deep healing and allows the psyche to move from polarization … More

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Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level II

November 7 - 13, 2014

This retreat is a continuation of the Kapala Training program. It consists of a deepening of the Prajña Paramita practice, an introduction to Jamgön Kongtrül’s text “Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother”, and Machig Labdrön’s method for cutting through discursive thoughts with sound. Feeding Your DemonsTM work will continue individually, and in dyads, and will expand … More

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Song of the Vajra

November 14 - 16, 2014