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, practices, and possibility.
Eve Ensler, Activist, Playwright, and Author of The Vagina Monologues
These teachings are medicine for our times.
Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance
Wisdom Rising: A Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine is an intensely appealing and rewarding read. She 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.
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.
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.”
Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado. She is the author of Women of Wisdom and the best-selling book Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict. She was ordained at age twenty-two as a Tibetan Buddhist nun by H.H. the Sixteenth Karmapa. After living as a nun practicing meditation in the Himalayan region, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised a family of three children. Lama Tsultrim is known for her ability to translate the wisdom of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition into clean reachings that are relatable and relevant to Western audiences. She was named Buddhist Woman of the Year in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.