Teachers

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

Green Tara Online Program
November 30, 2014

IMPORTANT: You must already have the Oral Transmission (rLung) to participate in this program. For those who have not yet received transmission for this Green Tara practice, Lama Tsultrim Allione will be offering LIVE video transmissions periodically for those enrolled in the course. Registered participants will receive access information at least…

Riwo Sangchöd Online Program
May 3, 2015

IMPORTANT: You must already have the Oral Transmission (rLung) to participate in this program. For those who have not yet received transmission for Riwo Sangchöd (or for those who wish to receive it again), Lama Tsultrim will be offering LIVE video transmissions periodically for those enrolled in the course. Registered participants…

Feeding Your Demons® Online Training Program: Level One
October 14, 2015

Feeding Your Demons®: Level One (FYD I) is the first course in a three-part Online Training Series. In this level, Lama Tsultrim Allione (the developer of Feeding Your Demons® teaches the five steps of FYD in depth, with lectures, demonstrations, guided meditations and assignments. She also teaches the history and philosophical roots of the practice, specific therapeutic…

Machig Labdrön and the Nature of Mind
June 15, 2016

Machig Labdrön was an 11th century Tibetan yogini widely renowned for developing the practice lineage of Chöd. She was recognized by the great scholars of her day to be an authentic master and had thousands of disciples. Machig was one of the few Tibetan women to establish practice lineages of her own, and her teachings have been…

Chöd | Online Program
July 3, 2016

IMPORTANT: You must already have the Oral Transmission (rLung) to participate in this program. For those who have not yet received transmission for Chöd (or for those who wish to receive it again), Lama Tsultrim will be offering LIVE video transmissions periodically for those enrolled in the course. Registered participants…

Spring Equinox Green Tara Retreat
March 23, 2017

Join us for the Spring Equinox to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative…

Wisdom Rising: Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine
April 6, 2017

For women at all levels. Calling all women for this life-changing meditation retreat and celebration of the Divine Feminine. Come transform through the power of the mandala, a universal map for inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. One of the most extraordinary female Buddhist teachers of our time,…

Chöd: From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
April 26, 2017

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 a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, when we nurture and…

3rd Annual “Spring on Maui” Retreat
May 3, 2017

Start each day with sunrise silent sitting meditations with Rameshwar Das. Daily LIVE Music Yoga Experiences with Saraswati Markus and special musical guests Benjy & Heather Wertheimer of Shantala or enjoy Qigong on the Lawn with Joyanna Maria. Surf the Silence in Mornings of Meditation & Dharma Talks with Lama…

Dakini Retreat
May 13, 2017

Lama Tsultrim will offer this celebrated and unique retreat which she developed to bring transformational personal work into the container of spiritual practice. It involves meditation practice, art, mask making, sound, and some movement. We will work with the Lion-headed Dakini Mandala with an introduction to the practice and transmission.…

Kapala Training Level III: Feeding Your Demons®
May 24, 2017

In Kapala Training Level 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 give the Machig empowerment and associated practices during this retreat. This is a required retreat for the…

Kapala Training Level II: Feeding Your Demons®
May 24, 2017

This retreat 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. FYD™ work will expand through mapping of family lineage demons, physical body demons, and hydra demons.…

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, including Teaching Days Aug, 5 - 16
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…

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…

White Dakini Drubchen only (no teaching days)
August 7, 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…