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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 [...]

The Blessing of White Tara

An Interview with Lama Drupgyu, by Jane Brunette

Editor’s Note: Lama Drupgyu is one of the most accomplished teachers of Vajrayana Buddhism in the West. He began studying with Kabje Kalu Rinpoche in 1972, participated in the first three-year retreat for westerners in Paris, and was also the first westerner to be named retreat master for subsequent three-year retreats. Lama Drupgyu spoke with me by phone, from his home in the French countryside, about his first encounters and personal connection to White Tara, as well as his thoughts on spiritual practice [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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    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:


Journey to Tibet: The Heart of the Lineage

Lama Döndrup shares photos and inspirations from her trip to Tibet.
Editor’s note: Lama Döndrup will present slides of her journey to Tibet at Sukhasiddhi Foundation on October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This is the first session of her weekly class, Pilgrimage and the Shangpa Masters. All are invited to attend.

Lama Döndrup: This summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on pilgrimage to Tibet with a small group of practitioners from around the world. The focus of this pilgrimage, which was arranged and led [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Impermanence of Each Moment

An Interview with Pat Berube

Pat Berube, RN, directs Sukhasiddhi’s Clear Light Institute. We asked her about how Buddhist teachings can help us to prepare for death and to assist others who are dying or seriously ill.

How did you come to take on the role of director for Sukhasiddhi’s Clear Light Institute? What is your vision for how the Institute can help individuals and healthcare practitioners?

Pat Berube: Through my many years as a nurse, I functioned within a medical model that did not meet the emotional and spiritual needs [...]