Special Events

August Month-Long Chöd Retreat

August 4 – 31, 2017  9:00am-9:00pm

Qualified practitioners are invited to participate in the August Chöd Retreat which Sukhasiddhi teachers are holding to complete their years of study and practice in the Shangpa lineage. They would like to share this retreat with other practitioners, who may attend on a daily or evening basis.More info >

Mahamudra Retreat with Lama Palden

Thursday-Sunday, Sep 28-Oct 1, 2017; 10am – 5pm (ending at 4pm on Sunday)

Mahamudra meditation provides a precise, graduated, step-by-step process for coming to the realization of the true nature of mind & reality, and then being able to rest in that true nature – peaceful, content and joyous no matter what is happening. More info >

The Dharma Training Program

New Module Starting September 23-24

Information Meeting Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

BEGINNING the weekend of Sept. 23-24, 2017, Sukhasiddhi will be offering a new 5-month module of the Dharma Training Program, specifically for those who are interested in exploring and deepening dharma practice.  More Information>


White Tara

The Womens Group: Support for Women in Spiritual Practice

6 monthly Saturday sessions  10:00am-1:00pm; Sep 2, 2017–Feb 24, 2018,

The Women’s Group provides a rich, supportive environment for women in spiritual practice. The group will meet with Lama Pallden monthly on 6 Saturdays for three hours; each session includes meditation, teaching and sharing of experience. More info>

Talking Dharma

Saturday, September 16th, 2:00-4:00pm

Join authors James Coleman, Wendy Garling and Lama Palden for an informative and enlightening afternoon of conversation about two important new Dharma books:  James Coleman’s The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom Emptiness and Awakened Nature and Wendy Garling’s Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life. More info>


Poetry Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Sunday, September 17th, 9:30am-2:30pm

Come immerse yourself in writing as deep play and use the mind of meditation to access the natural stream of your expression.  In an atmosphere of warmth and non-judgment, we will loosen the grip of our critical minds so that expression can flow freely.  More info>



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About Sukhasiddhi Foundation

Our Mission
Sukhasiddhi Foundation, founded in 1996 through the inspiration of Khabje Kalu Rinpoche, provides a vehicle for the teaching and practice of Vajrayana 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 at our Center in Marin County, CA. Our emphasis is on the cultivation of deep realization and understanding – even in the midst of our ordinary lives – so that wisdom, compassion and loving-kindness can open and flourish within us.
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 Kalu Rinpoche’s guidance 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.
Programs and Classes
Sukhasiddhi Foundation offers a range of classes, daylongs, retreats, and study programs for students at all levels. Please see the Events page for the schedule of upcoming classes and retreats. For the dedicated practitioner, 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, please visit the Programs section of this website.

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