Tara Mandala
New York Sangha

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Tara Mandala

New York Sangha

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Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala.  She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22 by H.H. the 16th Karmapa. She was the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage. After living in the Himalayan region for several years she returned her vows and became the mother of three, while continuing to study and practice Buddhism, particularly focusing on the lineage of Machig Labdron and Dzogchen teachings. In 1993, Lama Tsultrim founded Tara Mandala, a 700-acre center in southwest Colorado where an extraordinary three-story temple in the form of a mandala, dedicated to the sacred feminine in Buddhism has been constructed and consecrated. In 2007 while traveling in Tibet she was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdron at the historic seat of Machig Zangri Khangmar by the resident lama. This recognition was confirmed by several other lamas, and in 2012 she was given the Machig Labdron empowerment by HH the 17th Karmapa.

New York Sangha Leader

Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 26 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Chandra Easton. Karla is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also leads the Tara Mandala sangha in New York City.

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