"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione, M.A. in 1970 was the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun by the 16th Karmapa. After four years as a nun studying Tibetan, practicing Buddhism and living in the Himalayas, Lama Tsultrim returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three. She earned a M.A. degree in Buddhist Studies/Women's Studies from Antioch University. She is the author of Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book on the lives of great Tibetan women practitioners. Her more recent book, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, which became a National Bestseller, makes the ancient principles of the famed Tibetan woman teacher Machig Labdron accessible to the western psyche.Through a five-step practice that transforms our "demons" into "allies" by personifying and nurturing rather than fighting against that which assails us, she has offered a new paradigm with both personal and collective implications. A panel of distinguished Buddhist scholars and practitioners from the Association for the Promotion for the Status of Women in Buddhism, based in Bangkok, Thailand selected Lama Tsultrim Allione as a recipient of the 2009 "Award for Outstanding Women in Buddhism". She was featured in 2013 in a one-hour documentary made by Dutch TV called "Feeding Your Demons: the Life and Work of Lama Tsultrim Allione" and she founded the movement "Wisdom Rising: Re-awaken the Sacred Feminine" with Eve Ensler and others. She founded Tara Mandala in 1993, a 700-acre retreat center home to a three-story mandala shaped temple dedicated to the sacred feminine in Buddhism. Lama Tsultrim's skill at teaching arises from the blessings of her many wonderful Tibetan teachers and her experience as a Western woman.

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