Featured Classes and Events


Weekly Open Sitting

Every Monday, 7:00-8:15pm

Join us on Monday evenings for a free, open sitting. No prior experience is necessary and there is no need to register – just drop in! Silent meditation session followed by a brief dharma talk or simple Buddhist practice. More info >


Extraordinary Shamatha

Daylong retreat with Annik Brunet
Saturday, Feb. 20, 9:00am–5:00pm

Extraordinary Shamatha is a precious Shangpa lineage teaching which employs unique visualizations of the five elements to stabilize our awareness. This daylong retreat is a pre-requisite for the Extraordinary Vipassana class. More info >


Seeing Clearly

The Practice of Extraordinary Vipassana
Tuesdays, March 1 – April 5, 7:00-8:45pm

The capacity for insight, or “clear seeing” (Vipassana), allows us to dissolve the roots of confusion and unease as they manifest in our lives. These rarely-taught Shangpa lineage practices offer a precious opportunity to investigate and liberate our true nature. 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.

More Upcoming Events

Lojong: The Seven Points of Mind Training

8 Thurs. evenings: Jan 14 through Mar 10, 7:00-8:30pm
This eight-week class with Stephen Gross is a continuation of the 2015 Seven Points of Mind Training series, covering the last fifteen of the fifty-nine slogans designed to develop and strengthen Bodhicitta, the wish to achieve enlightenment in order to help all beings.

Morning Meditation and Tibetan Yoga (Lujong)

Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:00am
Open weekly class for all those interested in establishing a regular meditation practice. The class begins with Lujong (a Tibetan yoga), a simple, enlivening practice. Open to everyone.

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