Events

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, [...]

2015 Santa Sabina Retreat Photos

Once again, our annual Sukhasiddhi retreat was a wonderful opportunity for more than sixty members to gather together at Santa Sabina Center in Marin County for a week of Vajrayana practice with Lama Palden, Lama Drupgyu, and Lama Döndrup.

Andre Arcilla and Leslie Shelton took some fantastic photos at the retreat. Click on any image to start the gallery!

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Clear Light Institute Hosts First Death Cafe

On May 2nd, 2015, The Clear Light Institute held our first Death Cafe. Over forty people attended with rave reviews. One of the participants was so inspired that he left a nice, detailed review on the deathcafe.com website. He said, “Saturday, I talked with a group of strangers about death—it was the most intimate and meaningful conversation of my week”.

Death Cafe was first started in England by Jon Underwood on September 2011. Jon Underwood was inspired by the work of Bernard Crettaz, a renouned sociologist. Since then, [...]

2014 Santa Sabina Retreat Photos

More than fifty Sukhasiddhi members and teachers gathered in June, 2014 at the lovely Santa Sabina Center for our annual retreat. As always, we were kindly served by the wonderful staff there!

We were blessed that both Lama Palden and Lama Drupgyu led the retreat, Lama Palden teaching on Mahamudra, and Lama Drupgyu on the Shangpa Lineage Masters. We practiced Lujong, a Tibetan form of yoga, together in the early morning. We gathered for quiet sitting sessions during the day, and we were fortunate to have afternoon yoga sessions with [...]