Lama Palden

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 [...]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Three Bridges West 12-Part Mysticism Series with Lama Palden

Three Bridges West 12-Part Mysticism Series with Lama Palden

Alexandra and John Dickerman of Three Bridges West have finished their 12-part documentary: What is Mysticism?.  Episodes include: Exploring Mysticism and the Mystical Journey, The Mystic Path to Understanding, How is Mysticism Different from Religion?, Religion and Dualism, How Can We Achieve a Mystical State, Techniques for Mystical Awakening, Mystical Awakening Through Prayer, What is Awakening or Enlightenment?, Mysticism and Death, The Spiritual Pilgrimage and Mystical Path, Magic and Miracles, and God and Love.

Featured in this series: Fr. Richard Rohr, Timothy Freke, Rabbi Aubrey Glazer of Congregation Beth Shalom, [...]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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 [...]

  • Permalink Gallery

    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 [...]

In the Presence of the Masters

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 photo: Kalu Rinpoche and the 16 Karmapa

Q: What do you find especially inspiring about the Tibetan masters [...]

Lama Palden’s Letter from the Pilgrimage to India

In September, 2015, Lama Palden led a pilgrimage trip with 25 students to India, where they attended a special retreat with Tai Situ Rinpoche, and visited other sites near Dharamsala.

Dear Friends,
Palpung Sherab Ling, Situ Rinpoche’s vast monastery and nunnery, is held within the sweet embrace of pine trees on the southern flanks of the Himalayas. This monastic complex houses, feeds, educates and provides retreat sanctuary for about 900 monks and 200 nuns. Even though it was midnight when we arrived, our sangha was met by friendly monks, [...]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Summer of Peace 2015: Lama Palden Interview & Guided Meditation

Summer of Peace 2015: Lama Palden Interview & Guided Meditation

Lama Palden recorded a brief interview and a guided meditation as part of the Summer of Peace Summit 2015, a free online event featuring 70+ of the world’s top peacebuilders, social change agents, Indigenous elders, political leaders, scientists and spiritual mentors – all offering inspiration, skills training and practical solutions you can apply in your daily life, relationships, community and the world. For more information, please visit http://summerofpeace.net

Listen to the interview and guided meditation here:

 

  • Permalink Gallery

    Lama Palden participates in forum on “Confronting Abuse of Power”

Lama Palden participates in forum on “Confronting Abuse of Power”

In the Winter issue of Buddhadharma magazine, Lama Palden, Hozan Alan Senauke, Davide Whitehorn and Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat engage in a frank and open discussion about abuse of power in spiritual communities.

Download a copy of this important article. (PDF)

Abuse can take different forms: financial, psychological, physical, sexual. Are we willing to look at our Buddhist communities for these sorts of well-known habitual patterns and imbalances and then to dissolve them?

It is said that dharma and the bonds of dharma communities can only be destroyed from the inside. Abuse, [...]

Lama Palden’s blog from the Shangpa Monlam in France

In August, 2014, Lama Palden, along with several Sukhasiddhi teachers and sangha members, traveled to France to participate in the first monlam held in the West by Kalu Rinpoche. Below is her day-by-day account of the event.

DAY ONE
After driving through dense fog at 8 am, we arrived at Palden Shangpa La Boulaye, Kalu Rinpoche’s primary center in France. As the sun began to stream through the mist, a line of small stupas greeted us. Next we were welcomed by an impressive Bhutanese lhakhang (Tibetan for house [...]

Podcast – Mystical Positivist Radio Interview with Lama Palden

On Saturday, August 2nd Lama Palden was interviewed by The Mystical Positivist, a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM.  The Mystical Positivist is  dedicated to the application of reason in the pursuit of spiritual practice and development. Its thesis is that rationality is in no way the antithesis of deep mystical experience, but, in fact, a necessary ally.  Stuart Goodnick is the show’s host.

In this interview, Lama Palden discusses her early formative experiences relating to spirituality, the founding and purpose of Sukhasiddhi Foundation and its work.  Related topics [...]