Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala Retreat Center. She is the author of Women of Wisdom, the national best-seller Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, which has been translated into seventeen languages, and Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Born in New England to an academic and publishing family, Lama Tsultrim traveled to India in her late teens and in 1970, at the age of twenty-two, was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun by H. H. the Sixteenth Karmapa. After four years living as a nun in the Himalayan region, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three children. She has a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies/Women’s Studies from Antioch University. Her writings and teachings come from her sublime Tibetan lamas as well as her experience as a Western woman and mother. She is known for her ability to translate the wisdom of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition into clear teachings that are relatable and relevant to Western audiences. Lama Tsultrim continues to guide Tara Mandala as the resident lama and thousands of students around the world. She was named Buddhist Woman of the Year in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Tara Mandala Retreat Center is a vibrant international Buddhist community centered on 700-acres in the San Juan Mountains near Pagosa Springs, CO. Under the spiritual direction of Lama Tsultrim, Tara Mandala hosts various group retreats each year and is home to numerous solo retreat cabins and a three-level Tara Temple, which celebrates the sacred feminine in the Buddhist tradition.
For more information on Lama Tsultrim Allione, you can watch the documentary on her life story “Feeding Your Demons” or visit the Tara Mandala website.
The following article is from the Summer, 1991 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.
by Tsultrim Allione
The Chod practice was first taught by Machig Lapdron, a renowned...