Lama Tsultrim Allione

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Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is a Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition, founder of Tara Mandala retreat center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and the first American woman to be ordained as a Tibetan nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. 

After studying and practicing for several years in the Himalayas, she returned to the United States, left the monastic order, married, and raised three children. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Women’s Studies from Antioch University. 

Lama Tsultrim is author of Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book on the lives of great Tibetan women practitioners. The national best seller Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, is based on her pioneering five-step process to befriend and transform negative emotions, fears, physical and mental illness, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors.

While on pilgrimage in Tibet in 2007, Lama Tsultrim was recognized and enthroned as an emanation of dakini Machig Labdrön, the 11th-century Tibetan yogini who founded the Chöd lineage and spiritual practice that inspired Feeding Your Demons

Tsultrim’s teachings arise from the blessings of her many Tibetan teachers, her 40 years of practice and dedication to the Buddhist teachings, and her experience as a Western woman and mother.

What others are saying about Lama Tsultrim Allione:

“Tsultrim Allione shows us what life could look like if we were not struggling, not hating ourselves for our problems and frailties, but rather were relating to these challenges with awareness and compassion. She illuminates a clear and practical guide to transformation.”  Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"Tsultrim Allione has performed a remarkable feat of cultural translation and offered the western world a new treasure. With exquisite detail and accuracy she shows us how we can transform the energy of addiction, shame, illness, anxiety, fear, and anger into the energy of liberation."  — Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart