Featured Classes and Events


Tai Situ Rinpoche’s Visit to Sukhasiddhi Foundation

Wednesday, May 11th, 11:00am -1:00pm

On May 11, we were honored to host Tai Situ Rinpoche at Sukhasiddhi Center. In this article, Lama Palden speaks about the significance of his visit and his connection to Sukhasiddhi Foundation.


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 >


Transmission of Awakened Mind 7-Day Retreat

Monday-Sunday, June 20-26, 2016

Join Lama Palden and Lama Drupgyu in this precious opportunity to step away from everyday concerns, deepen our practice in the rich traditions of Vajrayana and open ourselves to the transmission of awakened mind. Register by May 31! 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

Amitabha Puja

Wednesday, June 29, 7:00-8:30pm
When we are faced with a terminal illness or a death of a loved one, it can be quite a challenge to find peace with what is happening. Amitabha practice helps us helps us to connect with the blessings, love and peace of our awakened heart, a gateway for the awakening of ourselves and all others.

Melanthium Ensemble Concert!

Sunday, July 24, 3:00-5:00pm
The Melanthium Ensemble brings its unique blend of “chamber fusion” to Fairfax on Sunday, July 24th for an afternoon concert. They’ll perform a set of all original compositions. We hope you will join us for this special event!

Death Cafe: An Open Conversation

Sunday, July 30, 3:00-5:00pm
A Death Cafe is an open, respectful, confidential and safe space where people can discuss death and impermanence, and reflect on what is of most importance and value in life.

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