June 19, 2017 @ 3:00 PM – June 25, 2017 @ 12:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone

Transmission of Awakened Mind Retreat: Full Engagement

Monday-Sunday, June 19-25, 2017

May be done on a residential or commuting basis     

All Practitioners Welcome

JOIN LAMA DRUPGYU AND LAMA DÖNDRUP in this precious opportunity to step away from everyday concerns, deepen our practice in the rich traditions of Vajrayana and Mahamudra, and open ourselves to the transmission of awakened mind.

Lama Drupgyu

This retreat will be a full engagement with the traditions of the Mahamudra and Vajrayana teachings and practices.  In morning and afternoon sessions, Lama Drupgyu will provide teachings on the unique aspects of the creation and completion visualization method (Vajrayana) and the direct method of working with mind (Mahamudra), and how both work together to support practitioners to realize the true nature of mind and reality.

Mahamudra takes one’s immediate experience as the path to realization of the nature of mind. In doing so, Mahamudra allows us to cut through habitual patterns, disturbing emotions, mind constructs, concepts, and the sense of duality which all obstruct our recognition of genuine, true reality. The Vajrayana path cultivates pure perception. By employing visualization, mudras, and mantra ordinary body, speech, and mind are purified and one’s innate vajra body, speech, and mind are revealed.

When Mahamudra and Vajrayana practices are simultaneously engaged, fruition is profound.

Join us for a week of teachings and practice exploring the simultaneity of Mahamudra and Vajrayana from one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and articulate western masters, Lama Drupgyu Tenzin.  For 45 years Lama Drupgyu has been dedicated to the study, practice and transmission of these practices, as both monk and layman, and presents its teachings with a unique depth of experience and integrity.

For the Sukhasiddhi Lineage Program students, Lama Döndrup will be offering the reading transmission and teachings on a day-long Chöd ritual in morning and afternoon sessions. This particular text is a part of the traditional 3-year retreat curriculum, and these teaching are being offered in preparation for the August month-long Chöd retreat. This beautiful practice, which is composed of praises, offerings, and prayers to Machig Labdrön as well as the offering our body to destructive forces, simultaneously transmits the teachings of Mahamudra. Lama Döndrup will also be leading this group daily in the shorter Chöd ritual that is practiced monthly at Sukhasiddhi Foundation.

The retreat schedule is a full engagement in awakening. The retreat day will start with an optional 6:00 am sitting, a 7:00 am lujong (Tibetan form of yoga) session to open the channels,  and breakfast at 8:00am. The teachings will take done in morning and afternoon sessions, with additional sittings during the day, and a qigong  class in the afternoon. Evening sessions led by Lama Döndrup and Lama Drupgyu will include compassion and loving kindness pujas and practices.  A tsok will take place on Saturday evening, with participants offering heartfelt and often hilarious skits, stories and songs about their experiences and obstacles. A Vajrasattva empowerment will also be given during the retreat.

Continuing Education: MFT’s, LCSW’s, psychologists and RNs may earn 39 CEs at this retreat.

MFTs, LCSWs and psychologists CEs  will be issued through Kelly Minor, Ph.D., Inc. who is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor APA-approved continuing professional education for psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs in California. Registered Nursing CEs are issued through Sukhasiddhi Foundation, Provider No. CEP16083. Please indicate when you register that you will be taking the CEs.  For more information, Contact Us.

Prerequisites: In addition to Sukhasiddhi members and students, this retreat is open to all meditators who have an interest in exploring Vajrayana Buddhism. If not currently a student at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a short phone interview may be required.

Date / Time: The retreat check in starts at 3:00 pm on June 19th, with the orientation session at 4:15; the retreat ends at noon on Sunday, June 25th (clean up until 2:00 pm).

Location: Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, CA.

Cost: The fees for retreat lodging and meals are below.  These fee does not include  teacher support (dana), which is offered at the end of  the retreat.

Residential Options General Member
Single Room with Meals $1,300 $1,250
Double Room with Meals $1,105 $1,055
Commuting – all meals $925 $875
Commuting – lunch and dinner $860 $810
Commuting – breakfast and lunch $785 $735
Commuting – lunches only $720 $670
Commuting – breakfast and dinner $805 $755
Commuting – no meals $625 $575

Single rooms are limited and cannot be guaranteed; rooms will be allocated in the order registration and deposits are received.

Registration: A $200 deposit is required to secure your registration, with the balance due by May 31, 2013. Deposits will be refunded if cancellation is received by May 15th, less a $50 administrative fee. Register now

Questions? Contact Us


lamadrupgyuLama Drupgyu Tenzin began studying under Kalu Rinpoche in 1972. He participated in the first three-year retreat for westerners from 1976 to 1980; as a lama, was among the first to run the Paris center; and he was the first westerner to be appointed as Druppön (Retreat Master), leading three-year retreats. Lama Drupgyu has been instrumental in the translation of Tibetan texts, teachings and practices into English and has worked to ensure that all the texts and practices of the Shangpa tradition are available to English speakers. He was among the original group of translators called by Kalu Rinpoche to India to translate Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge, a comprehensive collection of the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they have been preserved in Tibet. 25 years later, with the support of Tsadra Foundation (of which Lama Drupgyu is Vice President), all 10 volumes have been published in English by Shambhala Publications. We are fortunate to have Lama Drupgyu, one of the finest western Buddhist teachers, with us for this retreat!

lamadondrupLama Döndrup has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty years. After five years of Theravadin Buddhist training, she immersed herself in the teachings and practices of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu Vajrayana lineages. In 2005, she completed the traditional three-year retreat and was authorized as a lama. In addition to her Buddhist practice, Lama Döndrup has trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance. She is on the piano faculty at San Domenico Music Conservatory.

Sukhasiddhi Foundation maintains a fragrance free environment. Please do not use any scented lotions, colognes, after shave, shampoo, etc. while attending Sukhasiddhi events. Thank you for your consideration.