“Seekers” are those wishing to explore Vajrayana and Mahamudra teachings and practices through study with the Sukhasiddhi’s teachers and the Sukhasiddhi sangha, to ascertain its “fit” for their own spiritual or personal growth.

Seekers initially come to Sukhasiddhi activities through one of the following four gates, after learning of Sukhasiddhi through a friend, the internet, a magazine, an advertisement, or encountering a Sukhasiddhi teacher at another venue.

seekersBuddhist Gate: Students may come to Sukhasiddhi from another Buddhist tradition or Vajrayana lineage. Or, one may be a long-time Buddhist practitioner of another school or of an Asian master and wish to experience the same wisdom from a person of one’s own culture or gender. Or, if one’s other teacher(s) are only infrequently available, one may join Sukhasiddhi for ongoing support and guidance, while continuing to deepen one’s connection with their primary teacher.

Eastern Gate: Students may come to Sukhasiddhi inspired by Eastern religion and philosophy, hatha yoga or a martial art.

Personal Gate: Students may come to Sukhasiddhi seeking self-help, to reduce stress, reactivity or to enhance general life-management skills.

Western Gate: Students may come to Sukhasiddhi wishing to augment a Sufi, Jewish or Christian contemplative practice. Or, they may be students of Western philosophy wanting to study and practice in Buddhism.

Entering the Sukhasiddhi Mandala does not mean leaving behind other traditions. Engaging in Buddhist practice and philosophy can serve to deepen and develop understanding in one’s primary tradition.  Students may study for a time at Sukhasiddhi and return, enriched, to their own tradition; students may practice two or more traditions simultaneously; or students may decide to keep another tradition in the background while focusing on Vajrayana. Students may simply take classes at Sukhasiddhi with no further commitment. One contemplates and decides one’s own commitments, which must be heartfelt.

The Sukhasiddhi Mandala welcomes seekers from all gates and of all levels; and all may participate in most of our graduated menu of classes, daylongs, and retreats (prerequisites may apply for advanced classes. Please see our Event Listings for upcoming classes.

Suggested Reading List for Seekers
Tibetan Buddhism

Bokar Rinpoche. The Day of a Buddhist Practitioner
Chodron, Thubten. Open Heart, Clear Mind
Dalai Lama. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight
        How to See Yourself as You Really Are
        Art of Happiness
        Lighting the Way
Das, Lama Surya. Awakening the Buddha Within
Kongtrul, Dzigar.  It’s Up To You
Mingyur Rinpoche. Living with Joy
Ponlop, Dzogchen. Entering the Path: Outer and Inner Refuge
Tai Situpa Rinpoche. Awakening the Sleeping Buddha
Thrangu Rinpoche. A Guide to Shamatha Meditation
        Teachings on the Practice of Meditation
        The Life of the Buddha and the Four Noble Truths


Thrangu Rinpoche. Intro to Mahamudra
        Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness


Dalai Lama. Freedom in Exile
Levine, Norma. The Miraculous 16th Karmapa
Lhalungpa, Lobsang P. The Life of Milarepa: A New Translation from the Tibetan
Mackenzie, Vicki. Cave in the Snow
Martin, Michelle. Music in the Sky: The Life, Art & Teachings of the 17th Karmapa

General Buddhist

Bodhi, Bhikkhu. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Das, Surya. The Snow Lion’s Turquoise Mane: Wisdom Tales from Tibet
Goldstein, Joseph. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
Hanh, Thich Nhat. Being Peace
        Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha
KabotZinn, John. Full Catastrophe Living
Kongtrul, Dzigar. It’s Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path
Kornfield, Jack. A Path With Heart
Ponlop, Dzogchen, Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind
Rahula, Walpola, What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada
Suzuki, Shunryu, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind


Henry, Patrick, Benedict’s Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict
Merton, Thomas. New Seeds of Contemplation