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, [...]

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    Lama Palden participates in forum on “Confronting Abuse of Power”

Lama Palden participates in forum on “Confronting Abuse of Power”

In the Winter issue of Buddhadharma magazine, Lama Palden, Hozan Alan Senauke, Davide Whitehorn and Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat engage in a frank and open discussion about abuse of power in spiritual communities.

Download a copy of this important article. (PDF)

Abuse can take different forms: financial, psychological, physical, sexual. Are we willing to look at our Buddhist communities for these sorts of well-known habitual patterns and imbalances and then to dissolve them?

It is said that dharma and the bonds of dharma communities can only be destroyed from the inside. Abuse, [...]

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.

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 [...]

Preparing to Share the Dharma

Participants in the Community Dharma Leader’s program share thoughts on what they’ve learned and where they’re going

Editor’s Note (Jane Brunette): The Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL) just completed its year-long training. In it, Lama Palden and Lew Richmond teamed up to prepare a circle of practitioners to teach aspects of the Dharma in community settings. I spoke with Lew and with two of the trainees to get a feel for the program and how the participants might use their training in the future.

Barbara Juniper: I felt honored when [...]

Podcast – Mystical Positivist Radio Interview with Lama Palden

On Saturday, August 2nd Lama Palden was interviewed by The Mystical Positivist, a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM.  The Mystical Positivist is  dedicated to the application of reason in the pursuit of spiritual practice and development. Its thesis is that rationality is in no way the antithesis of deep mystical experience, but, in fact, a necessary ally.  Stuart Goodnick is the show’s host.

In this interview, Lama Palden discusses her early formative experiences relating to spirituality, the founding and purpose of Sukhasiddhi Foundation and its work.  Related topics [...]

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