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.

Special Events

An Introduction to the Dharma Training Program

Information session on March 8, 2018

This five month introductory program includes 2 weekend retreats, a daylong and 2 class series and starts March 17th.  It is an immersive program that focuses on learning to meet the challenges of life – impermanence and change – with ease and equanimity.  Please join us for this information meeting on March 8 at 7pm. Available by live stream video and recording.  More info >

Love on Every Breath

8 Week Special Presentation Class with Lama Palden; Tuesdays, April 3-May 22, 2018  7-8:30pm;

this class can be attended in person or taken by live stream video or video recordings

Lama Palden Drolma, Senior Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation, is offering this extraordinary class series for people of all levels of interest and experience. All are welcome to join her for this transformative class series. Love on Every Breath is a profound meditation practice that empowers us to transform the suffering of ourselves, the people we love, and all beings through awakened, loving presence.More info>

An Evening of Sound Healing

Saturday, March 25, 2108   7:00-9:00pm

Experience the deep relaxation and restorative power of sound healing with Barbara Juniper and Bodhi Setchko. On waves of sound, enter into the sacred space of your own pure being. Release tension and stress and  refresh your body, mind and Spirit.  More info >


Relaxed Focused Attention: A Weekend Retreat

March 17-18, 2018  9:00am – 5:00pm daily

A relaxed, focused attention quiets our mind, brings clarity to our experience and a lightness and joy to our heart. Like the ebb and flow of the sea and the natural rise and fall of our breath, there is an immediacy and continuity to our moment-to-moment experience. As difficult mind states melt away, we begin to develop mental balance and our practice opens… More Info>

Spiritual Activism: Exploring What’s Yours to Do

Sunday, March 25, 2018  10:00am – 5:00pm  With Jane Brunette

Whether you’re a fiery activist or a quiet contemplative, many of us feel an increased sense of urgency to act on behalf of our values in the public sphere. But with so many urgent causes and so much hostility and argument, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and sink into anxiety, numbness or despair. In this one-day retreat, we will create a space where we can untangle what troubles us…More info >

LIBERA – The Study of Moving Freely

Friday, March 30, 7:00-9:00pm & Saturday, March 31, 10:00am – 2:00pm  with Zuleikha

Take a spin with Zuleikha, one of the creators  of The Rumi Concert with Coleman Barks, and spend some time at play in the field of Libera, the study of moving freely. When movement comes from feeling, ease comes. Using depth of feeling with movement arts, Libera can help to open new pathways and unwind habitual patterns.Everyone welcome…More info >


Drop In Meditation and Weekly Classes


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>

Relaxing with Impermanence and Change

7 Thursday Evenings, March 22 – May 3, 2018 7:00-8:30pm; this class can be attended in person or taken by live stream video or video recordings

Cultivating the heart mind loosens our grip so we can relax with uncertainty. As we rest with the ebb and flow of each present moment, we will naturally relax with impermanence and change…More Information>



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