Travel Stories

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, [...]

In Search of the Primordial Tara

A pilgrimage to rural Bengal to meet the Tara who “stamps her foot and shakes the seven underworlds”
by Jane Brunette

WHEN I FIRST began practicing Tibetan Buddhism, I sang the 21 praises of Tara each morning and it served as a potent reminder of my own multiplicity. I loved it that Tara — who is considered mother of all the Buddhas — had 21 faces. After all, humans are kaleidoscopic, and I knew that some of the energies readily available to her lay dormant in me. I sensed that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stories and Photos from the Bhutan Pilgrimage

In October of 2013, Lama Palden traveled to India and then led a group on pilgrimage to Bhutan. In the article below, she vividly describes some of the highlights of the trip.

LAMA PALDEN: A number of us from the Sukhasiddhi community recently returned from a pilgrimage to Bhutan, where we were welcomed with katas and loving kindness by Benchen Khenpo Rinpoche, his wife Rigzen and Lama Sonam — a student of the late Tertön Padgyal Lingpa and Benchen’s nephew. The sun shone as did the pilgrims faces as they [...]