Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine

A method of inner transformation and empowerment into wisdom and fierce compassion. Be a part of the rising and return of the sacred feminine.

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Deepak Chopra, MD

Wisdom Rising speaks to the sacred and feminine in all of us.”

Eve Ensler, activist, playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues

“Like our mother, Tara, who knew she could attain enlightenment in a woman’s body, 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.”

Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“These teachings are medicine for our times.”

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“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.”

Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

“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.”

Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love

“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.”

Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“A powerful gateway of awakening for men and women alike into the deep feminine through the Tibetan teachings. Wisdom Rising is a great contribution.”

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author of Into the Heart of Life

“We should be deeply grateful that these traditional Tibetan methods are now presented in a creative manner.  This book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of both the Wisdom Dakini energies and the mandala principle in general.”

Shiva Rea, yogini, author of Tending the Heart Fire

Wisdom Rising is a treasure for all women as it illuminates the path of healing, awakening and empowerment for women through the mandala.”

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

“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.”

Krishna Das

“BREATHE THIS BOOK IN! Lama Tsultrim shares her personal inner search and journey of healing and realization in this amazing Teaching.”

Michaela Haas, PhD, author of Dakini Power and Bouncing Forward

“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.”

Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder of Omega Institute, author of Broken Open and Marrow

“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.”

Diana Rowan Rockefeller, Trustee at The Authors Guild Foundation, former editor at The Atlantic Magazine & former contributing editor, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

“A transcendent work by the extraordinary Lama Tsultrim Allione. 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.”

Sangye Khandro, Teacher-translator

“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. 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!”

Elizabeth Namgyel, author of The Logic of Faith

“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.”


Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala Retreat Center, located outside of Durango, CO. She is the author of Women of Wisdom and national bestseller, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, which is now translated into seventeen languages, and Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Born in New England to an academic and publishing family, Lama Tsultrim traveled to India in her late teens and in 1970, at the age of twenty-two, was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun by H. H. the Sixteenth Karmapa. After four years living as a nun practicing meditation in the Himalayan region, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three children. She has a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies/Women’s Studies from Antioch University. Her writings and teachings come from her sublime Tibetan lamas as well as her experience as a Western woman and mother. She is known for her ability to translate the wisdom of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition into clear teachings that are relatable and relevant to Western audiences. Lama Tsultrim continues to guide Tara Mandala as the resident lama, and thousands of students around the world. She was named Buddhist Woman of the Year in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information on Lama Tsultrim Allione watch a documentary on her life story Feeding Your Demons,, and visit the Tara Mandala website,

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Wisdom Rising: A Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine explores the principle of fierce compassion, the awakened feminine, and shows readers how they can use this principle for positive change in their own lives and in the world.

Interspersed with moving biographical stories, Lama Tsultrim examines the five wisdom dakinis, female deities in Tibetan Buddhism, who embody profound wisdom and the empowered feminine. “They are luminous, subtle spiritual energy, the gatekeepers and the guardians of the unconditioned wisdom and sacred earth,” Allione writes. In Tibetan art, they are depicted as naked, except for ornaments, dancing, wild and powerful.

Each of the five dakinis is associated with a difficult emotion such as depression, anger, arrogance, craving, or envy as well as a corresponding wisdom energy such as equanimity and discernment. The dakinis and these energies are the elements of a mandala, a Buddhist psychogram, a map of our inner world. In Wisdom Rising, Allione teaches the Mandala of the Five Dakinis, a practice that brings together sound, visualization and meditation to help us transform challenging emotions into their wisdom counterparts.

“The mandala is a template or blueprint of wholeness. It has a center and four directions. Associated with each direction is a color, an element, an obstructed pattern and a wisdom. It is a way to understand yourself and also your world.”

“What we’re really doing is taking a part of the psyche that’s been relegated to the unconscious, the fierce, powerful feminine who has been repressed, and we are bringing that energy forward and exploring that energy’s potential for enlightenment,” Allione writes. “By activating the dakini power within us, we will have an inner resource that should never be underestimated.”

“Wisdom Rising is my journey, discovering the Tibetan Tradition, finding the dakinis, finding the mandala and it is also your journey. The book takes you into your own wisdom. It gives you a method to access your own inner wisdom so that you have the strength and the empowerment to create the change you want to see in your own life and in the world”

Although the practices featured in Wisdom Rising are based in Tibetan Buddhism, they are accessible to readers of any faith or gender identity. For those interested in mindfulness, this work offers a path to a deeper and more embodied spiritual practice. For those long immersed in Buddhism, it provides rich, new insights into familiar concepts.

Allione places her teachings in the context of recent feminist resistance including the women’s marches, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. She hopes that Wisdom Rising can help readers “respond with greater wisdom and effectiveness to the distress, challenges, and chaos of our global reality. The journey into the mandala gives birth to a renewed expression of the feminine that draws on ancient wisdom, but is tailored for this time and place.”