In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Lama Tsultrim Allione, teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and author of Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Lama Tsultrim is also founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala Retreat Center in southern Colorado. In this rich conversation, you’ll hear Lama Tsultrim tell stories from her remarkable spiritual journey—from her ordination by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as a young woman, to her studies with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Years later, after starting a family and the tragic death of one of her children, Lama Tsultrim began a path toward the sacred feminine, and began researching the role of women in Buddhism. She talks about giving up her vows after being a nun, how motherhood became a form of spiritual training for her, as well as her experiences as a feminist Dharma practitioner. Lama Tsultrim addresses the urgency of women’s issues in both Buddhism and in the world large, as well as remedies for healing through spiritual practice.
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, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, and her most recent book, Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Her writings and teachings come from her sublime Tibetan lamas as well as her experience as a Western woman and mother. Lama Tsultrim continues to guide Tara Mandala, as the resident lama, as well as thousands of students around the world. She was named Buddhist Woman of the Year in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bio and images courtesy Lama Tsultrim Allione and Pietro Bulgarelli