How Can We Help? Never Forget the Power of Love

By | 2018-04-20T15:10:25+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Community, Events, Lama Palden|

In today’s world, when we are faced with the suffering of so many around the globe, our own communities, and our own families, we can often be left with the question “How best can I help?”  “ How can I keep my heart open?” And with the enormity of some of the challenges that arise, we wonder how we can possibly make a difference. We forget that love and compassion, which is awakened presence, is

Sharing the Dharma in a Troubled World

By | 2018-07-25T09:55:02+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Community, Events, Lama Palden|

A new initiative is being introduced at Sukhasiddhi. It's called Wisdom River, and features a stream of teaching that will be especially welcoming to those new to dharma and to the center, but also practical and integrative for those who are engaged in the deep practice programs. "When you think about it, Vajrayana was traditionally practiced largely in isolation, with three-year retreat being the centerpiece," said Lew. "Lama Palden was trained in Asia very traditionally,

Liberating Difficult Emotions into Wisdom

By | 2018-04-20T15:10:25+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Events, Lama Palden|

An Interview with Lama Palden Editor's Note: Lama Palden will be teaching a four-day non-residential retreat from February 1-4 on Mahamudra meditation and liberating emotions. I spoke with her by phone about the special usefulness for Westerners of this profound meditation practice. - Jane Brunette Q: What is the benefit to a modern person of focusing on Mahamudra meditation? Lama Palden: The 16th Karmapa said that Mahamudra is a good practice for the West

Investiture of the Lamas

By | 2018-04-20T15:10:25+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Community, Events, Lama Drupgyu, Lama Palden, Programs|

from left: Lama Annik, Lama Pat and Lama Stephen In a moving investiture and authorization ceremony on November 4, 2017, Lama Palden, Lama Drupgyu Tenzin and Lama Döndrup, under the authority of Kalu Rinpoche, welcomed Annik Brunet, Pat Berube, and Stephen Gross as lamas of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.  Over the last 20 years, the three lamas have, through retreats, classes, pilgrimages and an extraordinary amount of individual practice within their everyday lives, accomplished the

Congratulations to Sukhasiddhi Teachers Pat Berube, Annik Brunet and Stephen Gross, and to Lineage Students Gail Ferrari and Robin Winn

By | 2018-04-20T15:10:25+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Events, Programs|

from left, Pat, Robin, Gail, Stephen and Annik With the end of the month-long Chod retreat August 31st, Sukhasiddhi teachers Pat Berube, Annik Brunet and Stephen Gross complete over 15 years of daily practice and study, including all practices done in the traditional Shangpa three year-three month-three day retreat, as well as four years of teacher training.  Pat, Annik and Stephen are the first at Sukhasiddhi to complete the full range of practices

A Visit from the Heart of the Lineage: Tai Situ Rinpoche’s Bay Area Tour

By | 2018-04-20T15:10:26+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Events, Lama Palden, Teacher interviews|

An Interview with Lama Palden, by Jane Brunette Editor's Note: Tai Situ Rinpoche recently visited the Bay Area for a series of events, including a teaching at Sukhasiddhi. Lama Palden has known Rinpoche for almost 40 years, and I spoke with her about the significance of the events surrounding his visit and his connection to Sukhasiddhi Foundation. - Jane Brunette Q: Tell me a little about your connection to Tai Situ Rinpoche and his connection to