The Best Way to Die

IT HAS BEEN SAID that we will die in much the same way as we have lived. If we lead a good life with love, compassion and less selfishness in our relationships and daily life, then the force of that goodness will lead us to a peaceful and loving death.

The Dalai Lama and other great teachers tell us that to die with bodhichitta,the wish to be of benefit to all beings, is the best way to die. The heart that is filled with love and compassion is the essence [...]

How Can We Help? Never Forget the Power of Love

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 the power to heal ourselves and our world.  In her unique and timely way, Lama [...]

Meet the New Sukhasiddhi Outreach and Membership Director

With the changes occurring at Sukhasiddhi, a new role was created, the Outreach and Membership Director, and Greg Garner has happily stepped into it. Here are a few words from Greg:
It is an exciting time to be involved with Sukhasiddhi, particularly with the new Wisdom River initiative being developed, Lama Palden’s anticipated new book and class, Love on Every Breath, along with the ongoing breadth of offerings at Sukhasiddhi. The Sukhasiddhi center is truly a special place that’s made that way by all the people who walk through [...]

Sharing the Dharma in a Troubled World

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, and her natural way is deep, intensive practice. This has been the gift that has [...]

Liberating Difficult Emotions into Wisdom

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 because it is instantaneous — on the spot. We have very challenging, busy lives with a lot to [...]

Investiture of the Lamas

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 full range of the teachings and practices taught in the traditional 3 year Shangpa retreat. They also completed a four-year teacher training, and have taught [...]

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

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

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 outside of three year retreat, with Gail Ferrari and Robin Winn, who also did the entire Chod retreat, close behind.  The sangha and wider [...]

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    The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: New Dharma Book by James Coleman, with Chapter by Lama Palden

The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: New Dharma Book by James Coleman, with Chapter by Lama Palden

Wisdom Publications has just released The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness and Awaken Nature by long-time sangha member James Coleman, which includes a key chapter from Lama Palden on Tara practice. James has published numerous other books, including The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition. His new book explores the great teachings of the three turnings of the wheel of Dharma that are the foundations for all Buddhism. It takes key passages from the great sutras and then explains them in plain, everyday English in [...]

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

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

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 Sukhasiddhi.

Lama Palden: I first met Tai Situ Rinpoche in Calcutta in 1980, so our connection goes [...]

Deepening into the Body with Lujong (Buddhist Yoga)

An interview with Rose Taylor Goldfield, by Jane Brunette
Rose Taylor Goldfield is a Buddhist teacher and the author of Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise. With more than 30 years meditation experience, she holds an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies from Naropa University. Rose trained as a dancer from a young age, then in martial arts, yoga and bodywork. She studied closely with Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche and spent many years meditating and teaching in nunneries and monasteries in Nepal and Bhutan. She and her husband, Ari Goldfield, [...]