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    Tara does come to the Rescue: Three Personal Encounters with Tara

Tara does come to the Rescue: Three Personal Encounters with Tara

A most beloved female buddha, Tara is renowned for her swift and compassionate activity. It is not hyperbole when we say she rushes to the aid of beings when we call upon her with heartfelt devotion. Below are three students who have experienced Tara when she was most needed:

From James Coleman, Pd.D, author, teacher
I have been fortunate to learn a wide palette of Vajrayana techniques and approaches from Lama Palden, and at first Tara practice was just one among many.  But when I experienced a health crisis and [...]

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 [...]

An Incubator for Bodhisattvas

by Lama Annik Brunet, December 5, 2017

Sixteen years ago, Lama Palden had the inspiration to offer her serious, committed students the opportunity to do the practices usually only undertaken during the Shangpa Lineage traditional 3-year retreat – while still engaged in work and family life. She believed that doing intensive, semi-retreat practice while remaining active in the world could allow for a continuous integration of our spiritual development with the physical, psychological and sociocultural dimensions of our lives.

It has been a daring experiment! I was part of the first [...]

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 [...]

Preparing to Share the Dharma

Participants in the Community Dharma Leader’s program share thoughts on what they’ve learned and where they’re going

Editor’s Note (Jane Brunette): The Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL) just completed its year-long training. In it, Lama Palden and Lew Richmond teamed up to prepare a circle of practitioners to teach aspects of the Dharma in community settings. I spoke with Lew and with two of the trainees to get a feel for the program and how the participants might use their training in the future.

Barbara Juniper: I felt honored when [...]