Wisdom Rising: Journey Into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine


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$27.99  $25.75
Atria Books
Publish Date
May 01, 2018
6.1 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, an internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder of Tara Mandala, a mountain retreat center on 700 acres south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Lama Tsultrim was the first American woman to be ordained as a Tibetan nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. At the age of 26, after four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised three children. Lama Tsultrim earned a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies and Women's Studies from Antioch University. She is the author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict which connects the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism with modern life. This national bestseller is based on Lama Tsultrim's pioneering five-step process that is used to nurture the parts of ourselves which we normally fight against.

For many years, Lama Tsultrim has focused on the teachings of Dzog Chen and the lineage of Machig Labdrรถn, the 11th century Tibetan yogini who founded the Chรถd lineage. Lama Tsultrim's teachings arise from the blessings of her many wonderful Tibetan teachers, her 40 years of practice and dedication to the Buddhist teachings, and her experience as a Western woman and mother.


"What a timely message of empowerment and hope! Lama Tsultrim Allione, one of the foremost pioneers of bringing Buddhism to the West, guides us on an inspiring journey into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism - the sacred principle of the awakened feminine. Allione masterfully shows us the secret to harnessing the energy of the dakini within, through contemporary stories, personal experience, and age-old wisdom."--Michaela Haas, PhD, author of Dakini Power and Bouncing Forward
"Wisdom Rising is a stunning call to women to trust our bodies and beings to manifest the energy, vision, and spirit to heal and transform these terrible times. A book full of wisdom, experience, stories, dakinis, mandalas, practices, and possibility."--Eve Ensler, activist, playwright, and author of The Vagina Monologues
"Drawing on Tibetan teachings, Wisdom Rising transmits the potential and power of feminine wholeness. Lama Tsultrim Allione uses life stories, her own and others, to demonstrate that this potency is alive in the contemporary scene. The overall effect is a highly practical and usable guide, one broad in scope and deep in understanding.Those who adopt the practices offered here, women and men alike, may indeed feel their wisdom rising and act as forces for healing in the world."--Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness
"In this magnificent teaching memoir, Lama Tsultrim writes: 'We must learn to leave something when we take something.' Lama Tsultrim has taken gems from her long immersion in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and leaves us this guide for spiritual life, emotional healing, and--if we follow her fierce, feminine lead--restoration of Mother Earth."--Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open and Marrow
"Lama Tsultrim Allione skilfully elucidates how these Buddha families encompass both our habitual neuroses and the method to transform these negative emotions into their corresponding wisdom energies. She supplies clear guidance on the practice of the Wisdom Dakinis along with heartfelt advice on how to practice for maximum effect. We should be deeply grateful that these traditional Tibetan methods are now presented in a creative manner that can be fully utilized by those coming from a non-Himalayan background. This book is a valuable contribution."--Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author, teacher, and founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery
"The degradation of women, domination of marginalized populations, and destruction of the natural world cannot be separated: Our most essential work is awakening the sacred feminine. In her timely and groundbreaking book, Lama Tsultrim shows us a pathway that transforms emotions into illuminating wisdom, and empowers us to bring healing to our world. These teachings are medicine for our times--please read and let them free your heart."--Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"Tsultrim Allione, one of our wisest Western Lamas, offers a powerful gateway of awakening for men and women alike into the deep feminine through the Tibetan teachings of Dakini Wisdom and the Mandala Principle. Wisdom Rising is a great contribution."--Jack Kornfield author of A Path With Heart
"Wisdom Rising is a treasure for all women as it illuminates the path of healing, awakening, and empowerment in a way that is deeply personal, practical, holistic, and profound. Lama Tsultrim is one of the most important master teachers of our time and she brings forth the deep lineage of the sacred feminine, offering the heart of wisdom teachings for all to benefit at this turning point in our collective destiny."--Shiva Rea, yogini, author of Tending the Heart Fire
"Wisdom Rising speaks to the sacred feminine in all of us."--Deepak Chopra
"Wisdom Rising is a fascinating insight into the divine feminine . This book made me realize how undervalued the feminine perception has been and how women can contribute their uniqueness substantially more than they currently are to the institutions of the culture.--Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
"BREATHE THIS BOOK IN! Lama Tsultrim shares her personal inner search and journey of healing and realization in this amazing teaching: true strength is not aggressive, true wisdom is not manipulative. To recognize our true nature is to honor the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine within and without. One without the other is not gonna do it."--Krishna Das
"Lama Tsultrim Allione is a pioneer, a serious seeker of wisdom, and a teacher who has had a tremendous influence on Western Vajrayana Buddhism. As a mother, long-time practitioner, and someone who has studied under some of the most realized contemporary masters of the Vajrayana tradition, she has a lot to share with us. In her new book, Wisdom Rising, she presents the wisdom of the mandala principle in a personal, earthy, and authentic way. I think that you will find the stories and instruction in this book deeply inspiring, transformative, and practical."--Elizabeth Namgyel, author of The Logic of Faith
"The empowered feminine is fully and deeply revealed in this powerful and revelatory book, a book whose time has come, and yet born of years of practice and deep inquiry by its author the beloved teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione."--Roshi Joan Halifax, abbot of Upaya Zen Center
"In Wisdom Rising, Tsultrim Allione draws on her spiritual depths to distil profound Tibetan wisdom into user-friendly practices well-suited for our times and lives."--Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"A calm, serious, yet buoyant New England practicality glows up out of this transcendent work by the extraordinary Lama Tsultrim Allione...Even as she has mastered and distilled the most complex and subtle of esoteric Buddhist concepts, she brings her own deep moral feminist courage and that of her stalwart ancestors to her teaching and writing, and to this powerful call for the re-emergence of the sacred Dakini principle in all of us. We, and our troubled world, need this journey-map to healing and evolution."--Diana Rowan Rockefeller, trustee at The Authors Guild Foundation, former editor at The Atlantic Magazine
"This beautiful book is composed of three distinct elements. First, it's an immensely rich and insightful body of tantric teachings for working with emotional energies, one which I'll return to again and again as both student and teacher. Second, it's a moving memoir, recounting the journey of one of the most compelling Buddhist teachers in the West. Third--and perhaps most importantly for our moment--it is a treatise on the ways patriarchy has biased and corrupted Buddhism as it expands globally in the 21st century. The patriarchy truly must be smashed, with clarity and without aggression, and Lama Tsultrim Allione's wonderful book helps prepare the ground to do just that."--Ethan Nichtern, author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path
"In this book Lama Tsultrim breathes life into esoteric aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition--dakini visualizations, mandalas, and shrines--by intertwining lucid Buddhist teachings with profound stories from her rich life experiences, all the while demonstrating the importance of Buddhist wisdom for our challenging times."--Sarah Jacoby, PhD, author of Love and Liberation
"Lama Tsultrim Allione is generously offering a feast of wisdom nectar and enjoyment as she weaves together the prose of a great life story with the truth of the Buddhadharma that she has internalized over her lifetime. Her unique ability to bridge the gap between East and West has caused the profound path of Chรถd, Severance, to come alive in the minds of countless practitioners. Now, Lama Tsultrim has illuminated the outer, inner and essential meaning of the sacred configurations of mandalas, providing an accessible and useful guide for transformation and wisdom. May there be great benefit for all who read this!"--Sangye Khandro, teacher, translator
"In this accessible, deeply researched book, Allione invites Buddhist novices and practitioners to learn how meditating on the Mandala of the Five Dakinis can be used to renew energy and restore inner feminine strength and wisdom....[Wisdom Rising] encourage[s] women to integrate mandala practice with all aspects of life, including relationships, sexuality, and motherhood. With clear instruction, Allione explains breathing techniques and meditation and shares numerous inspirational anecdotes from her own life and from the many holy people she met and prayed with."--Publishers Weekly