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
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.
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.
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. This year we are pleased to announce…
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…
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…
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…