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Liberating Difficult Emotions into Wisdom

An Interview with Lama Palden

Editor’s Note: Lama Palden will be teaching a four-day non-residential retreat from February 1-4 on Mahamudra meditation and liberating emotions. I spoke with her by phone about the special usefulness for Westerners of this profound meditation practice.

– Jane Brunette

Q: What is the benefit to a modern person of focusing on Mahamudra meditation?
Lama Palden: The 16th Karmapa said that Mahamudra is a good practice for the West because it is instantaneous — on the spot. We have very challenging, busy lives with a lot to [...]

An Incubator for Bodhisattvas

by Lama Annik Brunet, December 5, 2017

Sixteen years ago, Lama Palden had the inspiration to offer her serious, committed students the opportunity to do the practices usually only undertaken during the Shangpa Lineage traditional 3-year retreat – while still engaged in work and family life. She believed that doing intensive, semi-retreat practice while remaining active in the world could allow for a continuous integration of our spiritual development with the physical, psychological and sociocultural dimensions of our lives.

It has been a daring experiment! I was part of the first [...]

Investiture of the Lamas

In a moving investiture and authorization ceremony on November 4, 2017, Lama Palden, Lama Drupgyu Tenzin and Lama Döndrup, under the authority of Kalu Rinpoche, welcomed Annik Brunet, Pat Berube, and Stephen Gross as lamas of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.  Over the last 20 years, the three lamas have, through retreats, classes, pilgrimages and an extraordinary amount of individual practice within their everyday lives, accomplished the full range of the teachings and practices taught in the traditional 3 year Shangpa retreat. They also completed a four-year teacher training, and have taught [...]

Wisdom River: An expanded vision for Sukhasiddhi

Lew Richmond, a Zen teacher and long-time supporter of Sukhasiddhi, recently took on the role of Board President with the intention of supporting an expanded role for Sukhasiddhi in the wider community. We spoke with him about his new role and the vision for implementing the Wisdom River Institute, a new stream of teaching that Lama Palden envisioned in response to current world conditions that will focus on making Dharma accessible and relevant to a wide range of people.

Could you talk a little about the vision for Wisdom River [...]

Unlocking the Body: A Doorway to Full Awareness

Zuleikha is an international performer, Storydancer and educator whose teaching empowers others to cultivate creativity and rejuvenation through movement. Her non-profit organization, The Storydancer Project, works with those in marginalized communities – from cancer patients and trafficked women and girls in India, to school children and mothers in New Mexico’s Navajo Nation – helping ordinary people to experience stress-free awareness in the body, which brings a sense of wholeness and joy. I recently spoke with her about her work. Here, Zuleikha shared with us something of her approach, as [...]

A Message from Barbara on Monday Night Meditation

Dear Friends,

As the Monday Evening Meditation class – Opening the Gate – resumes this week on September 11th at 7pm, I would like to thank the members of the community who have been coming regularly for your patience during the month long retreat at the center.  I hope that you all had a prosperous and restorative summer.

Hopefully, your meditation practice and our weekly conversations have given you some helpful tools to use in your daily life. Practicing the dharma is much more than just sitting on the cushion. Though [...]

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    Congratulations to Sukhasiddhi Teachers Pat Berube, Annik Brunet and Stephen Gross, and to Lineage Students Gail Ferrari and Robin Winn

Congratulations to Sukhasiddhi Teachers Pat Berube, Annik Brunet and Stephen Gross, and to Lineage Students Gail Ferrari and Robin Winn

With the end of the month-long Chod retreat August 31st, Sukhasiddhi teachers Pat Berube, Annik Brunet and Stephen Gross complete over 15 years of daily practice and study, including all practices done in the traditional Shangpa three year-three month-three day retreat, as well as four years of teacher training.  Pat, Annik and Stephen are the first at Sukhasiddhi to complete the full range of practices outside of three year retreat, with Gail Ferrari and Robin Winn, who also did the entire Chod retreat, close behind.  The sangha and wider [...]

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    Three Bridges West 12-Part Mysticism Series with Lama Palden

Three Bridges West 12-Part Mysticism Series with Lama Palden

Alexandra and John Dickerman of Three Bridges West have finished their 12-part documentary: What is Mysticism?.  Episodes include: Exploring Mysticism and the Mystical Journey, The Mystic Path to Understanding, How is Mysticism Different from Religion?, Religion and Dualism, How Can We Achieve a Mystical State, Techniques for Mystical Awakening, Mystical Awakening Through Prayer, What is Awakening or Enlightenment?, Mysticism and Death, The Spiritual Pilgrimage and Mystical Path, Magic and Miracles, and God and Love.

Featured in this series: Fr. Richard Rohr, Timothy Freke, Rabbi Aubrey Glazer of Congregation Beth Shalom, [...]

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    The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: New Dharma Book by James Coleman, with Chapter by Lama Palden

The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: New Dharma Book by James Coleman, with Chapter by Lama Palden

Wisdom Publications has just released The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness and Awaken Nature by long-time sangha member James Coleman, which includes a key chapter from Lama Palden on Tara practice. James has published numerous other books, including The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition. His new book explores the great teachings of the three turnings of the wheel of Dharma that are the foundations for all Buddhism. It takes key passages from the great sutras and then explains them in plain, everyday English in [...]

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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 [...]