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.



Events with Lama Tsultrim Allione

Three Yana Retreat
June 3, 2017

The Three Yana 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…

Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart
June 13, 2017

This retreat will explore new developments that took place during the Mahayana period such as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophies, Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on Tonglen, the Four Immeasurables, and the Six Paramitas will also be taught. During the retreat there will…

Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle
June 23, 2017

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

Parchangma Chöd
June 23, 2017

The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). In this retreat, you will learn the five melodies and the musical patterns for the drum, bell, and kangling. Chöd is a wonderful and powerful practice for these difficult times. It brings…

Gateway Complete Transmission: Troma Sadhana (By Invitation Only - Garudas)
August 1, 2017

This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Garuda”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the White Dakini Sadhana. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the Garuda Complete Transmission program.

Gateway Complete Transmission: Dzogchen Preliminaries (By Invitation Only - Completes)
August 1, 2017

This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Completes”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the Rushen practices. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the “Completes” cohort.  

White Dakini Drubchen
August 5, 2017

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 Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche to Lama Tsultrim Allione, who for the first time will lead…

Gateway Foundation: Deepening Ngöndro & Tsog Training (By Invitation Only - Tigers)
August 19, 2017

This retreat is required for all Gateway Foundation (Tigers) participants and will focus on refining and deepening the practices found within the Dzinpa Rangdröl Ngöndro. There will be ample practice time, teachings and clarifying questions around certain aspects of the practice, as well as time to bond with your fellow…

A Precious Human Birth-Day Weekend
September 29, 2017

Come celebrate Lama Tsultrim Allione’s 70th Birthday at Tara Mandala. Join us for a weekend of celebration including a Friday evening wine reception, Saturday Chöd Tsog and an evening concert, featuring Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer singing their ‘Dharmatized’ originals. Sunday we will hike to Opal Lake…

Machig Labdrön in Bhutan: Two Week Pilgrimage
October 22, 2017

    Join us for this rare opportunity to go on pilgrimage with Lama Tsultrim Allione to one of the last independent Vajrayana Buddhist countries in the world.   Letter from Lama Tsultrim Dear Tara Mandala Community, Several years ago I was contacted by a Bhutanese woman, a scholar with…