Sukhasiddhi Foundation

Our Mission

Lama Palden photoSukhasiddhi Foundation, founded in 1996 through the inspiration of Kalu Rinpoche – one the great 20th century Tibetan masters –  provides a vehicle for the teaching and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Under the guidance of Lama Palden Drolma, we offer a range of classes, daylongs, retreats, and study programs for students at all levels. Our emphasis is on the cultivating of wisdom and love, both on the cushion and in the midst of our ordinary lives.


About Lama Palden

Lama Palden Drolma is the founder and spiritual director of Sukhasiddhi Foundation. She completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat in the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages under the guidance of her primary teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, in 1985. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition. In addition to Kalu Rinpoche, she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages. She focuses on translating Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners.

Lama Palden was profiled in Lion’s Roar article “Feminine Principal” as one of the women “changing the face of Buddhism.”

Watch a video about Lama Palden: The Awakening Feminine

Programs and Classes
Sukhasiddhi Foundation offers a range of classes, daylongs, retreats, and study programs for students at all levels. Please see the highlighted events below, and the Events page for the full schedule of upcoming classes and retreats.

  • For the new practitioner interested in meditation, please join our Monday evening meditation sessions or Tuesday morning meditation and Tibetan yoga class – both are held every week, and both are drop in.
  • For those interested in exploring Buddhist topics and techniques, come to one of our weekly class series or retreats.
  • For those who would like to integrate the teachings and practices more into their daily life, a series of progressive multi-year programs provide a unique opportunity for in-depth study and guidance within a supportive cohort of fellow students. For more information, current programs openings are listed below; please visit the Programs section of this website for an overview of all of the programs.
  • We also offer most classes by online live streaming and recorded video – select the online category at the top of the events calendar

Below are some highlights of our special events, programs and retreats, and current classes.  We invite you to join us!  Contact us with any questions.

May-June Classes and Events


Wisdom River Sunday: The Science of Meditation

Sunday, July 15, 2018   10:00am -noon

Can modern scientific inquiry inform and inspire the practice of meditation? Can we change and direct our brain functioning through meditation? More info >

Joyful Awakening: Meditation, Embodiment, Expression

Saturday July 14, 2018  10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Develop presence, enhance your capacity for spontaneity, have fun, and leave with tools you can apply….More info>

Green Tara Retreat

Monday, June 18 to Sunday, June 24, 2018; residential or commuting

Join Lama Palden in this precious opportunity to step away from everyday concerns and open to the  awakened body, speech and mind of Green Tara… More Info>



Opening the Gate: Monday Evening Meditation

Every Monday Evening, 7:00-8:00pm; no class December 25th or Jan 1

Please join us on Monday evenings for a simple group meditation where we can feel the support of shared silence and discover the inner sanctuary.
More Information>

Tuesday Morning: Lujong and Meditation

Every Tuesday Morning 9:30-11:00am; no class December 26th

Meditation is a way to calm the mind and allow our natural deep well of serenity, love and wisdom to flourish. Lujong, Tibetan yoga, has been designed to support a deeper experience of meditation and bodily awareness.  More info>

Developing Compassionate Presence that Heals

6 Thursdays May 31 – July 12, 2018; 7:00 – 8:30pm (no class June 21);

Through our compassionate presence we can be of great benefit to others who are facing their end of life. End of life is said to be one of the greatest opportunities for personal growth, transforming fear and confusion into letting go into our open heart and open mind. …More Information>



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