Last weekend, I escaped to the refuge I’ve come to consider my home-away-from-home, The Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. As far as I’m concerned, it should be named the Centre for Perspective and Attitude Adjustment. That’s what it does for me. I always leave there rejuvenated and inspired, and this visit was no exception.
My guest in this episode of The Soul Booth is a revered Buddhist teacher who happened to be leading my course at Kripalu. Talk about a compelling life story ! Lama Tsultrim Allione was ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition at the age of 22, but that was just the beginning of a winding life path that has included marriage, divorce, kids, grandkids…oh, and recognition as the reincarnation of an 11th century Tibetan saint ! (for her full bio & more: www.taramandala.org)
She is - along with all this - an author…and one of her books focuses squarely on overcoming our inner obstacles to happiness and freedom. It’s called Feeding Your Demons, and the book opens with this quote from the famous psychoanalyst, Carl Jung: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
This path is about embracing instead of resisting, and in our conversation, the very engaging Lama Tsultrim talks about the principles involved in her approach to enlightenment, the intriguing narrative of her life story, meditation for the masses, and much more ! Enjoy...and stay TUNED ! ;)