Tara Mandala Authorized Teachers

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Ellen Booth Church

Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 25 years. She is a Buddhist teacher, meditation coach, former member on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, and an accomplished educator and author of many educational books and articles for parents and teachers. Formerly a professor of Education at the State University of New York, she is currently an adjunct Professor of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Ellen has assisted in creating three satellite Tara Mandala Sanghas (Key West, FL; Ithaca, NY; and Marathon, FL) for her teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione. Ellen teaches widely across the United States…

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Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism for the last 20 years, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006, and received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Charlotte teaches in the US and abroad, often in partnership with her husband Pieter Oosthuizen, and co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha. Charlotte received a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She served as executive co-director of Tara Mandala for four years, and thereafter as Trustee and Board President. Currently she is an…

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Lopön Chandra Easton

Lopön Chandra Easton is a teacher and translator of Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdrön and Lama Tsultrim Allione. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga for 15 years and co-translated Sublime Dharma: A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection. She is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the Bay Area. Visit www.shunyatayoga.com and www.taramandalasf.org.  

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Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and entrepreneur and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with his wife, Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam. In the past, Pieter has brought innovative leadership to institutions such as Naropa University, where he served as Assistant VP for Academic Affairs, and Tara Mandala, where he served as executive co-director and then as a Trustee. His years of leadership have been dedicated to…

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Dagmar Loewenkamp

Dagmar Loewenkamp has been on the Buddhist path and worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor in Analytic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Breath and Bodywork since 1989. She has been a student of several different Buddhist schools and studied with Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for many years. Through her Buddhist practice, Dagmar felt the need to bring the path into her therapeutic work. Between 1999 and 2005 she participated in, assisted, and co-taught “Karuna Training” (the German version of the Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychology program). She is a Shamatha meditation instructor. She met Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2004 and has since been…

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Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 26 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Chandra Easton. Karla is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University. She also leads the Tara Mandala sangha in New York City.

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Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992. She has also studied with B. Alan Wallace for over two decades. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen, and other practices for over two decades. She has received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama in the late 1980’s. Polly is a certified Feeding Your Demons® Therapist and utilizes this process as a therapeutic life tool to assist…

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Jeffrey Tipp, LMFTI

Jeffrey Tipp was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968, entered the into Dharma with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1973, met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded  Blue Heron Zen Community, an urban residential Zen Center in Seattle, in 1980. He received Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2006, and permission to teach from Lama Tsultrim in 2010. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and lives with his wife Roberta on Vashon Island. Jeff and Roberta both have a Skype video therapy practice with clients who are at a…

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Barbara Staemmler

Barbara Staemmler has studied medicine and specialized in psychotherapy. For more than twenty-six years she has been working as gestalt therapist and supervisor in private practice; she is also conducting gestalt therapy training programs. She has had additional trainings in psychoanalytic therapy, in musical therapy, and in body work. She started meditation 1993 and since 2004 she is a student of Lama Tsultrim. She has been several times in TARA MANDALA, has traveled with Lama Tsultrim to Tibet and assisted her in teaching the Kapala Training. She teaches ‘Feeding your Demons®’, Kapala 1 + 2 Training and Prajna Paramita in…

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Robin Gayle

Robin Gayle has undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology, psychology, and east-west studies. She is a Tara Mandala authorized Feeding Your Demons® psychotherapist in private practice in Marin County, CA, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at DominicanUniversity of California.  Her interest in Buddhism began in 1986 with teachings and an empowerment by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey; followed by Kalachakra & Dzogchen teachings by H. H. Dalai Lama; Longchen Nyngtig and Rinchen Terzod cycles with Ven. Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche; intensive Shamatha, Vipassana, Lojong, and Dzogchen retreats with B. Alan Wallace; and teachings and empowerments by Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche and…