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


Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level II

Also With Charlotte Rotterdam

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


Feeding Your Demons™: Kapala Training Level III

Also With Pieter Oosthuizen

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


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

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Tara Mandala Open House

September 27, 2015

Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple – including a brief introduction to meditation and Q&A session as well as a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors must … More

Shiva Rea

Wisdom Rising: The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine and Five Family 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

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Two-Week Chöd Pilgrimage to the Mystical Scottish Isles

September 3 - 17, 2016

Join Lama Tsultrim Allione on a pilgrimage to the neolithic stone circles, magic glens, and faerie waterfalls of the remote Outer Hebrides and Orkney Islands – the spiritual seat of the ancient British Isles. We will connect with these powerful sacred sites and local energies through the practices of Chöd and the Mandala. The tour will be led by Jamie … More