Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

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is the founder of Tara Mandala, a Vajrayana retreat center in Colorado, and she was the first American woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun, taking vows in 1970 with the Sixteenth Karmapa. She later gave back her monastic vows, married, and raised a family. Her work has been inspired by a deep connection with Machig Labdrön, the eleventh-century yogini who founded, was released in May.

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