Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione, author and international teacher, founded Tara Mandala in 1993. While living in the Himalayas in the 1970s, she was inspired by the vision of creating a retreat center in the West. She was ordained as a Tibetan nun in 1970 at the age of 22 by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. At the age of 26, after four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, then married and raised a family of three children. While raising her children, she earned a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Women’s Studies from Antioch University. Author of Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book on the lives of great Tibetan women practitioners, Lama Tsultrim also authored the recently published National Best Seller, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict now translated into sixteen languages. Feeding Your Demons presents Lama Tsultrim’s pioneering technique based on Chöd, using five steps to nurture the parts of ourselves we usually fight against. Numerous audio programs, DVDs, and magazine articles have been produced about her life and work, including "Feeding Your Demons: The Life and Work of Lama Tsultrim Allione," a one-hour documentary by Jaap Verhoeven produced by Dutch TV.

For many years, she has focused on the teachings from the lineage of Machig Labdrön, the 11th century Tibetan yogini who founded the Chöd lineage. In 2007 while traveling in Tibet, Lama Tsultrim was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön by the resident lama at Machig Labdrön’s monastery in Tibet, Zangri Khamar. In 2012 she was given the Machig empowerment by H.H. the 17th Karmapa at Chang Chub Jong in India.

In 2009, Lama Tsultrim Allione was selected by an esteemed committee of scholars and practitioners to receive the international “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” Award given in Bangkok, Thailand. Her teaching inspiration comes from her sublime Tibetan lamas and her experience as a Western woman and a mother. She is now enjoying being the grandmother of four and is currently writing a book with the working title, Meeting the Mandala, to be published by Simon and Schuster, while continuing to guide Tara Mandala and thousands of students around the world.

To learn more about Lama Tsultrim Allione, visit www.taramandala.org.

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher and translator, studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB’s religious studies department at which time she co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two Texts on the Great Perfection, published by Vimala Publishing, 2012.

From the very beginning of her Buddhist studies, Chandra has recognized the profound need to bring forth the voice of the sacred feminine in Buddhist theory and practice. Due to this, in 1999 during her first pregnancy, she met and then later began to study with Lama Tsultrim Allione, pioneering female Buddhist teacher, national best selling author, and founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center. Chandra has served on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, helping to develop programs and curricula for Tara Mandala as well as teaching nationally. In September of 2015, during the final day of the White Dakini Drubchen, Chandra was enthroned as the Dorje Lopön (Vajra Teacher) of Tara Mandala under Lama Tsultrim Allione and given the name Lopön Yeshe Dawa Zangmo by H.E. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche who presided over the ceremony with Lama Tsultrim.

Chandra has had the good fortune to study with many Tibetan and Western Buddhist teachers such as H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Karmapa, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, B. Alan Wallace, and Lama Pema Dorje.

Chandra is currently on the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two children. To learn more about Chandra, visit www.shunyatayoga.com.

Robin Gayle 
Robin Gayle has undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology, psychology, and east-west studies. She is a Tara Mandala authorized Feeding Your Demons psychotherapist in private practice in Marin County, CA, and currently serves as Full Professor of Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California. Her Buddhist studies began in 1986 with a Medicine Buddha empowerment by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey; followed by Kalachakra & Dzogchen teachings by H. H. Dalai Lama; Longchen Nyngtig and Rinchen Terzod cycles with Ven. Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche; extensive Shamita, Vipassana, Lojong, and Dzogchen retreats with B. Alan Wallace; and many teachings and empowerments by Ven. Gyaltrul Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Robin met Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1990 at a Dakini retreat in Bali and subsequently pilgrimaged with her to several power places around the world assisting Lama Tsultrim in spreading the Dakini net and Chöd practice. Robin is in the Tara Mandala Teachers Training, offers study in Jigme Lingpa's Treasury of Precious Qualities, and leads the Machig Lapdrön Opening the Gate to Space practice in Marin Co, CA. 

Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS is a founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, an Integrative Therapy Practice in New York City. She is an adjunct Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers, The State University. Karla is a Public Speaking Coach and Emotional Intelligence Coach.

Karla has been a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione for 28 years. She is a Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, and has traveled with Lama Tsultrim on pilgrimage to Tibet & Bali. Karla has been practicing Chöd for 27 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She teaches Chöd at Tara Mandala with Chandra Easton, another Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher. In October 2012, she received the Chöd Empowerment from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje.

Jeff Tipp

 Jeff Tipp was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968 and ran a Mission in Hawaii. He entered the Dharma in 1973 with Lama Tsultrim and is an authorized Feeding Your Demons Psychotherapist. He met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded Blue Heron Zen Community in 1980, an urban residential Zen Center in Seattle where he teaches . He recieved Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2006, and permission to teach from Lama Tsultrim in 2010.Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Kilung Rinpoche have both trained Jeff in the highest Dzogchen practices , having completed the Barchey Kunsel Ngondro and many extended group and solo retreats. Jeff’s 45 years of contemplative practice and teaching inform his whole life and his Psychotherapy practice. 

Jeff and his wife Roberta work as a married therapeutic team with couples in their private therapy practice in San Rafael as well as over Skype. They both have taught retreats and workshops for many years around the US and in Mexico. 

To learn more about Jeff Tipp, visit www.clearmindcounseling.com.

Roberta Godbe-Tipp

Roberta Godbe-Tipp, Ph.D. is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist with over 40 years of meditative experience. Her private practice integrates Western Psychology with Eastern Meditative Traditions and incorporates Lama Tsultrim Alione’s Feeding Your Demon’s process. She brings a Dzochen perspective to her work and teaching, derived from her root male and females teachers, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Lama Tsultrim Alione, to whom she is profoundly grateful. She leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and offers Skype Video Coaching with clients who live at a distance.

To learn more about Roberta Godbe-Tipp, visit www.clearmindcounseling.com.