Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is the best-selling author of Women of Wisdom, Feeding Your Demons and Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. She was the first American to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1970 in India. For several years she lived in sacred places, caves, and hermitages in the Himalayas. She returned in 1973 and was invited to travel with Allen Ginsberg and Ram Dass, and subsequently was asked to be Ginsberg’s meditation instructor. She later disrobed, married, and became the mother of four, but lost a daughter to SIDS, which created a deep need for the stories of women teachers and resulted in her first book, Women of Wisdom. Lama Tsultrim became a widely known Buddhist teacher, developing innovative ways to teach ancient methods applying the Western psychological understanding. Based on her national best seller Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, she developed a five-step process to befriend and transform negative emotions, anxiety, physical and mental illness, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors. Now this method is the subject of several promising scientific studies. Lama Tsultrim is the founder of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre retreat center near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. In 2007 she was recognized in Tibet as the emanation of the renowned Tibetan yogini, Machig Labdrön. She received the “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” award in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. 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

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