Sukhasiddhi Foundation welcomes all those wishing to explore Vajrayana and Mahamudra teachings and practices. We offer a range of classes, daylongs, retreats and study programs for students at all levels.BEGINNING IN JANUARY, 2017, Sukhasiddhi will be starting a new cycle of the Bodhi Training Program for those who wish to begin or continue Ngöndro practice in the Shangpa lineage tradition. These four practices are profoundly transformative and are the primary requirement for moving into the advanced practices of the Shangpa lineage.
In addition to the Ngöndro practices, the Bodhi Program will offer Mahayana-level bodhisattva training and practices. It will also include classes in Buddhist philosophy, as well as further study and training in Vajrayana and Mahamudra.
Also, please see the Event Listings page for the schedule of upcoming classes and retreats. Most are open to everyone. For certain advanced classes, some prerequisites may apply. Throughout the year, we offer:
Class Series: Introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in the fundamentals of Shravakayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana are offered in series, open to the general public and members.
Daylongs and Non-Residential Retreats: Two or more daylongs are offered each year, along with two or more four-day non-residential retreats and weekend seminars, also open to the public. These allow students to explore teachings and practices with a teacher in depth and for a more extended period of time.
Residential Retreat: At least once per year, a six- or seven-day residential retreat is held for Sukhasiddhi students and other experienced meditators to deepen their practice and relationship with the teachings. This serves as our primary All-Sangha gathering, an opportunity for our whole extended community to come together in meditation, yogic practices and delight.
Multi-Year Study Programs
For the dedicated practitioner, Sukhasiddhi offers a series of progressive multi-year programs which provide the opportunity to receive the full range of Shangpa practices and teachings, from Lama Palden and other teachers, within a supportive cohort of fellow students. Upon completing the most advanced level of training, students may continue on to community dharma leader or teacher training if invited to do so by Lama Palden. The Sukhasiddhi Mandala section of this website describes these levels and programs of study in more detail.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am interested in Buddhism, but have little or no meditation experience. What is the best way to begin at Sukhasiddhi?
Sukhasiddhi holds a quarterly open house and meditation session at the time of the equinox or solstice. Attending an open house is a great opportunity to meet Sukhasiddhi members and teachers, to hear about upcoming classes, and to participate in a guided group meditation. Introductory evening classes designed for new students are held periodically, and it is recommended that those with limited meditation experience start with those classes. Please see the Event Listings page for upcoming open houses and introductory classes.
I am an experienced meditator/practitioner (in Vajrayana, another Eastern or Buddhist tradition or a Western tradition). What is the best way to begin with your sangha?
Experienced meditators and practitioners are invited to join any of the class series taught by Lama Palden or other resident teachers, generally focused on Vajrayana topics. Lama Palden also teaches several multi-day, non-residential retreats on specific topics and at least one residential retreat per year. Experienced meditators are invited to participate in these offerings, which can be found on the website calendar. If you would like more information on how to begin with Sukhasiddhi Foundation, please contact us with specific questions. It is also helpful if you include any practice background you may have.
May I speak with a teacher about which programs might be most appropriate for me?
We generally ask that new students get oriented to Sukhasiddhi by attending classes or daylongs before requesting an interview with a teacher. However, a Sukhasiddhi teacher/practice mentor is available on request for an individual discussion by phone for serious students, on a dana (donation) basis. Please contact us if you would like to set up a phone interview. Please tell us about your practice background and provide your contact information.