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
Happy Losar to All! As they say in Tibetan, Lha Gyal Lo! This means Victory to the Awakened Beings in their activity to benefit beings. This is Earth Dog year and is known for the qualities of fairness, equality, integrity and honesty. May these qualities bloom in all of us, and all of humanity. May we come into great cooperation and peace with each other. May we all thrive! Love to you all, 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,
As people on the spiritual path it is imperative that we not only hold the awakened ones and our teachers with honor and appreciation, but we need to relate to ourselves, each other, animals, our earth mother and all that is with reverence, kindness and love. This can start from the inside out with they way we treat ourselves and those close to us. We can bring a sense of openness, kindness and patience to
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
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
Alexandra and John Dickerman of Three Bridges West have finished their 12-part documentary: What is Mysticism?
Wisdom Publications has just released The Buddha's Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness and Awaken Nature by long-time sangha member James Coleman,...
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
An Interview with Lama Palden, by Jane Brunette Editor's Note: Lama Palden has met and learned from many highly revered masters from the last generation, whose profound realization affected her deeply. In this interview, she spoke with me about the felt sense of their presence and provides a glimpse into the very human experience of the awakened awareness of living bodhisattvas. Perhaps they will inspire you to take the Bodhisattva Vow yourself. - Jane Brunette Featured