June 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM – June 24, 2018 @ 12:00 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone

Transmission of Awakened Mind Retreat: Green Tara

Monday-Sunday, June 18-24, 2017

May be done on a residential or commuting basis  – all are welcome

JOIN Lama Palden in this precious opportunity to step away from everyday concerns, deepen our practice in the rich traditions of Vajrayana, and open ourselves to the transmission of the awakened body, speech and mind of Green Tara.

Lama Palden

Tara, called by the Tibetans Jetsun Drolma, known as “she who ferries beings across the ocean of samsara,” and “the Mother of all the Buddhas,” is a most beloved female buddha. Tara is renowned for her swift and compassionate activity; she rushes to the aid of beings when we call upon her with heartfelt devotion. One of her primary awakened activities is the removal of anxiety and fear and the causes of such. As a form manifestation of the Prajnaparamita, the perfection of wisdom, the realization of emptiness, she is what gives birth to all the Buddhas, male and female, and is inseparable from our own true nature. She mirrors our awakened being to us.

In meditating on Tara and praying to her we can cultivate a relationship with the awakened feminine, and receive all the blessings that this implies. In order for Tara to be able to benefit us, we need to invite her into our space and  have an openness to her presence. Through continued meditation on Tara, we establish a relationship with her in which we are able to trust and rely on her. She can become our Buddha Mother. It is like getting to know a friend- we have to invite them over to our home many times, offer them food, drink, have conversation with them, and get to know them.

The more we are able to open to her, to talk to her like a best friend, pour out our hearts to her, the more we truly connect and she can come to our aid. The awakened beings cannot benefit us if we are not open to them. Her seed syllable is like her text number. Reciting her mantra, imagining, visualizing her, is like being at her house. Through our relationship with Tara, we can experience pure being, and come to know our own buddha nature and enlightened qualities.

Embodying the complete range of female enlightenment, she is both peaceful and wrathful, beautiful and powerful, wise and sensual, compassionate and sexual, empty and yet fully manifest. Tara leads us beyond duality to the infinite bliss and emptiness that is our true nature.

Lama Döndrup

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 done standing) session to transform the subtle body, and breakfast at 8:00 am. There will be quiet sitting sessions, and Lama Palden will give the  Green Tara teachings in morning and afternoon sessions. There will be a qigong  class in the afternoon. Evening sessions led by Lama Döndrup will include compassion and loving kindness meditations.

A profound Buddhist tantric meditation called tsok or vajra gathering will take place on Saturday evening.  During tsok, many offerings are made to the awakened beings and to all sentient beings, and retreat participants also offer  heartfelt and often hilarious skits, stories and songs about their meditation experiences and obstacles


For the Sukhasiddhi Lineage Program students, Lama Drupgyu will be teaching on Vajra Kilaya, known in Tibetan as Dorje Phurba. Phurba, a wrathful awakened being who removes obstacles. In the three year Kagyu and Shangpa retreats set up by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye in 19th century Tibet, Phurba is done all day for three weeks at the beginning of the retreat and then every day for the rest of the retreat.



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 $1,325 $1,275
Double Room with Meals $1,160 $1,110
Commuting – all meals $985 $935

Single rooms are limited and cannot be guaranteed; rooms will be allocated in the order registration and deposits are received. Additional meal options for commuters only are listed in the registration form.

Registration: A $200 deposit is required to secure your registration, with the balance due by May 31, 2018. Deposits and balance payments will be refunded if cancellation is received by May 31, less a $50 administrative fee.  No refunds after May 31st. Register now

Questions? Contact Us


lamapalden Lama Palden Drolma is the founder and spiritual director of Sukhasiddhi Foundation. She completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat in the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineages under the previous Kalu Rinpoche’s guidance in 1985. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition. In addition to Kalu Rinpoche, she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages, including the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dezhung Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama.

With overwhelming gratitude to her gurus, Lama Palden transmits, trains and mentors students, passing on the profound and precious teachings and practices that enable one to reach full and complete awakening in this lifetime. She focuses on translating Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners. Lama Palden was profiled in Shambhala Sun magazine as one of the women “changing the face of Buddhism.”

Lama Palden’s background is in comparative mysticism and psychology. As a licensed psychotherapist she has done groundbreaking work in the intersection of the spiritual and psychological aspects of our humanity. She is deeply committed, as was her root guru, Khabje Kalu Rinpoche, to ecumenicism and interspirituality.

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.

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