The Bodhi Program is the second of Sukhasiddhi Foundation’s four-program series, which provides a path to the main practices undertaken during the Shangpa Lineage traditional 3-year retreat.



The next Bodhi (Awake) Training Program will begin in January, 2018. Applications are being accepted now for those interested in joining the program.

Read an article about the Bodhi program by Annik Brunet: An Incubator for Bodhisattvas


The Bodhi Training Program is an intensive study program which admits new students on an annual basis, and requires a one-year commitment. The program includes the foundational Buddhist practices known as ngöndro, as well as Mahayana-level bodhisattva training and practices. It also includes classes in Buddhist philosophy, and further study and training in Vajrayana and Mahamudra.


It generally takes a minimum of two to three years to complete the ngöndro practices in full, but students may undertake the practices at their own pace.

Participants go through the program with a supportive cohort of sangha members. Students engage practices both individually and in the context of a group process, simultaneously attending to their own awakening and to the mutual experiment of awakening together. Inquiry and sharing are an important part of the group retreats.

Upon completing the Bodhi program, students will be eligible to apply for the Shangpa program, the third in Sukhasiddhi’s four-program series. The next Shangpa program is expected to start in mid 2020.

The Bodhisattva Path

Bodhi means “awake.” Bodhisattvas are beings on the path of awakening. Bodhicitta is the intention to awaken for the benefit of all sentient beings (including ourselves) by directly connecting with and unfolding our genuine nature of compassion and wisdom.

meditating_bodhipageThese days in our global culture, we are continuously exposed to superficial social media interactions, and hits of shallow news and entertainment. It is critical to cultivate our capacity for sustained attention and resilience. We cannot truly be present and effective in dealing with the many crises our world is facing without going deeper. We need to be both grounded and open to the boundless light, energy and love we can potentially channel. Tibetan Buddhist practices provide a powerful and direct approach to developing and revealing our awakened nature.

At this time, the world needs nothing less than mature, grounded, open, and creative bodhisattvas able to be fully present in chaotic and difficult circumstances, able to help and to heal, and make space for the emergence of new possibilities.

Sukhasiddhi’s intensive programs provide essential training in the bodhisattva path.

Program Curriculum

The program curriculum will be given through the following:

  • Five 3-day weekend retreats per year to be attended in person (dates are below)
  • Three 6- to 8-week classes per year – can be attended through video and audio recordings
  • Personal daily practice of the ngöndro practices

2018 Weekend Retreat Dates (all Friday-Sunday, 9am-5pm) are:

  • January 26-28
  • April 6-8
  • June 1-3
  • September 14-16
  • November 9-11

Annik Brunet is the guiding teacher for the program. Lama Palden, and other guest teachers will give empowerments and teachings on special topics during some of the weekends. Participants have the opportunity to study and practice with a supportive cohort of sangha members. Sharing and inquiry will be an important part of the weekend gatherings.

Each student’s practice commitment will be determined on an individual basis, in consultation with the teacher. Those who aim to enter the next Shangpa program (estimated start date 2020) will take on a more intensive commitment, while others may choose to maintain their practice at a level that works best for their own circumstance.

In addition to attending weekend retreats and classes, students are required to:

  • Schedule private interviews with the guiding teacher
  • Maintain membership in Sukhasiddhi Foundation
  • Attend the annual Sukhasiddhi residential retreat, usually scheduled in June (can be attended as a commuter)
  • Attend required empowerments when scheduled

Program Prerequisites

The Bodhi Program requires that participants have either:

  • Completed the study and practices of Sukhasiddhi’s two-year Dharma Training Program (includes Chenresig, Tonglen, Tara, Extraordinary Practices) or of other equivalent Buddhist study and practice;


  • Begun the Shangpa Ngöndro or begun or completed Ngöndro within another lineage.

To remain in the program, participants must attend the five retreats in person, attend or view the weekly class series, and attend the annual retreat.

Financial Requirements

  • The fee for the 5 retreats and 3 weekly classes is $350 a quarter, $1,400 a year.
  • Membership in Sukhasiddhi Foundation is $40-$85 per month, or $480 – $1,020 annually. Of course, we welcome membership at higher sustaining rates as well.
  • The annual retreat is a minimum of approximately $450 for commuting without meals to $1,250 for a single room and meals, plus a teacher dana offering, suggested of $200-$1,500.
  • Suggested donation for individual meetings with the teacher is $108- $175.
  • Out-of-town participants will need to arrange transportation, meals, and a place to stay during the four 4-day non-residential retreats.

All fees paid to Sukhasiddhi Foundation are tax-deductible as religious contributions, except for the residential retreat meals and lodging.

Application Process

To join the program, interested participants must complete an application form and will then have an interview with a Sukhasiddhi teacher. After acceptance, participants will be given an orientation to Sukhasiddhi Foundation and complete a program agreement.

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annikbrunetAnnik Brunet has been on the spiritual path for now 30 years and has practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1995. After completing the Shangpa lineage practice program and the teacher training program, she was authorized by Lama Palden as a dharma teacher. Annik also holds a master’s degree in photography. Her life-long impetus has been to explore the mystery of phenomenal appearances, and the practice of art as a means to cleanse the doors of perception. This quest eventually led her to the path of direct access Vajrayana offers. Alongside this passion for art and dharma, Annik is committed to facilitating the exploration and actualization of the openness and kindness that reside at the heart of every being.