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:

Upcoming Programs by Lama Tsultrim Allione

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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


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


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


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


Song of the Vajra

November 14 - 16, 2014

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Screening of “Feeding Your Demons: The Life and Work of Lama Tsultrim Allione”

November 21, 2014

Screening “Feeding Your Demons: The life and work of Lama Tsultrim Allione”, a film by Jaap Verhoeven and meeting with Lama Tsultrim Allione. For info:

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Feeding Your Demons™

November 22 - 23, 2014

Lama Tsultrim Allione è stata la prima donna occidentale ad essere ordinata monaca, secondo la tradizione del buddismo tibetano, dal 16° Karmapa. Ha studiato per anni presso i monasteri dell’Himalaya, prima di tornare in occidente, dove si è sposata ed ha avuto tre figli. Ha ricevuto insegnamenti da eminenti Maestri tra cui il 16° Karmapa, Chogyam … More

New Moon and Winter Solstice Celebration

December 20, 2014

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 the darkest night celebrated throughout history by … More