Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala.  She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22 by H.H. the 16th Karmapa. She was the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage. After living in the Himalayan region for several years she returned her vows and became the mother of three, while continuing to study and practice Buddhism, particularly focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdron and Dzogchen teachings. In 1993, Lama Tsultrim founded Tara Mandala, a 700-acre center in southwest Colorado where an extraordinary three-story temple in the form of a mandala, dedicated to the sacred feminine in Buddhism has been constructed and consecrated. In 2007 while traveling in Tibet she was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdron at the historic seat of Machig Zangri Khangmar by the resident lama. This recognition was confirmed by several other lamas and in 2012 she was given the Machig Labdron empowerment by HH the 17th Karmapa. She was awarded the international  “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” in 2009 by a panel of distinguished scholars and practitioners in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Upcoming Programs by Lama Tsultrim Allione

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Winter Solstice Celebration

December 20, 2014

Saturday December 20, 2014, 3-8 pm, $40 Come celebrate the unusual conjunction of the New Moon and Winter Solstice 2014. We will join together to center ourselves at the beginning of the holidays, quieting our minds, settling in our bodies, and opening our hearts to the great mystery of the turning of the sun and … More

Feeding Your Demons

Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level I

May 28 - June 2, 2015

Inspired by the ancient practice of Chöd, Feeding Your Demons™ is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione that allows us to offer compassion and understanding to our own inner demons rather than engaging in battle and struggling with them. This process is of great benefit when working with a wide variety of personal … More

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Three Yana Retreat

June 5 - July 2, 2015

The Three Yanas retreat will cover the historical and contemplative development of Buddhism involving a combination of meditation practice and daily teachings. During each section there will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings by Lama Tsultrim and invited guest teachers. An optional oral exam … More


Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha

June 5 - 12, 2015

Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and other key teachings of the Buddha. We will do intensive practice of Shamata (breath awareness) and walking meditation, as well as learning about Buddhism through the life … More


Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart

Also With Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

June 15 - 22, 2015

During the Mahayana section of the Three Yana retreat, we will look at the historical developments that lead to the Mahayana, the form of Buddhism that migrated to China, Japan, Korea, and ultimately Tibet and Mongolia. There will be teachings on the new developments that took place historically during the Mahayana period such as the … More


Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle

June 25 - July 2, 2015

During the Vajrayana portion of the retreat we will study how the Vajrayana developed historically and learn the fundamentals of Vajrayana practice. Lama Tsultrim will give an introduction to the five Buddha families, the mandala principle, and deity yoga as well as giving transmission for the 5 Dakini Mandala, the 5 Buddha Mandala, and the … More

Refuge Recovery and Feeding Your Demons

Refuge Recovery and Feeding Your Demons: A Retreat for Recovering from Addictions

Also With Noah Levine

July 5 - 12, 2015

This retreat is a unique opportunity to practice and learn from two of the best known western Buddhist teachers using the innovative methods they have developed to make Buddhism practical and effective in real situations. These methods are effective with addiction, eating disorders, grief, relationship issues, financial fears, or depression. The Buddhist path for treating … More



Also With Chandra Easton and Karla Jackson-Brewer

July 22 - 26, 2015

The Chöd taught and practiced during this retreat will be the Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Chöd which came to this great Dzogchen master in a dream. Chöd is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist tradition of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung and is accompanied by the use of … More


Gateway Foundation: Diving Deeper into the Dzinpa Rangdrol Ngondro

August 8 - 14, 2015

This retreat is required for all Gateway Foundation participants and is the last opportunity to refine and deepen the practices found within the Ngondro with Lama Tsultrim before the end of this three year cycle. There will be ample practice time, teachings and clarifying questions around certain aspects of the practice, as well as time … More


White Dakini Drubchen

Also With Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

August 22 - September 2, 2015

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


Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level III

Also With Assistants

September 7 - 13, 2015

In Kapala III we will go further into Machig Labdrön’s lineage, learning specific new practices and deepening our understanding of the roots and branches of her lineage tree. Lama Tsultrim will be giving the Machig empowerment and associated practices during this retreat. This course meets the qualifications for 29 hours of Continuing Education. Tara Mandala … More


Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level II

Also With Assistants

September 7 - 13, 2015

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 Demons™ work will continue individually and in dyads and will … More


The Lion Headed Dakini Sadhana: Simhamukha Mind Terma of Ayu Khandro

September 16 - 20, 2015

This retreat will consist of transmission and teachings on the lion-headed Dakini Simhamukha from the mind treasure of the great yogini Ayu Khandro, student of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Ngala Pema Duddul. Ayu Khandro was the teacher of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and transmitted this mind treasure to him. Simhamukha is known as a … More

Shiva Rea

Wisdom Rising: The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine & Yoga

Also With Shiva Rea

October 2 - 4, 2015

This weekend event will bring together two amazing women teachers in a teaching on the The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine. In this program Lama Tsultrim will offer transmission for the Mandala of the Five Dakinis as well as a guided introduction to the personal transformation experienced through the five families of the mandala. Shiva Rea … More