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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 [...]

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, [...]

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

Listen to the interview and guided meditation here:


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 [...]

2015 Santa Sabina Retreat Photos

Once again, our annual Sukhasiddhi retreat was a wonderful opportunity for more than sixty members to gather together at Santa Sabina Center in Marin County for a week of Vajrayana practice with Lama Palden, Lama Drupgyu, and Lama Döndrup.

Andre Arcilla and Leslie Shelton took some fantastic photos at the retreat. Click on any image to start the gallery!

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Clear Light Institute Hosts First Death Cafe

On May 2nd, 2015, The Clear Light Institute held our first Death Cafe. Over forty people attended with rave reviews. One of the participants was so inspired that he left a nice, detailed review on the website. He said, “Saturday, I talked with a group of strangers about death—it was the most intimate and meaningful conversation of my week”.

Death Cafe was first started in England by Jon Underwood on September 2011. Jon Underwood was inspired by the work of Bernard Crettaz, a renouned sociologist. Since then, [...]