Welcome to Sukhasiddhi!
Our Tibetan Buddhist center was founded in 1998 by Lama Palden Drolma, following years of study in the Himalayas with Tibetan masters and her intensive three year training retreat under Kalu Rinpoche’s guidance. Sukhasiddhi Foundation is dedicated to being a diverse community of mutual respect, loving kindness and joy, where people can engage in and study together the profound transformative meditations and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
Under Lama Palden’s guidance, our center has developed a curriculum of classes, retreats and training programs that give people authentic and increasingly advanced meditations and teachings developed through a lineage of highly realized yoginis and yogis. These meditations and practices, which include Tibetan yoga and Buddhist tantric and Mahamudra techniques, support students to unwind unhealthy habitual patterns and transform the full range of human emotional challenges – anger, depression,lack of motivation, grasping, greed, pride, anxiety and jealousy – into the love, clarity, understanding, contentment, and courage.
To share the life-changing Buddhist teachings of wisdom and love with everyone.
A world where equality, freedom and opportunity prevail so that people can reach their full potential.
Sukhasiddhi Foundation offers a range of meditation, classes, retreats, and study programs for people at all levels. Our emphasis is on the cultivation of both wisdom and love.
The teachings help develop each individual’s full and complete potential through engagement with meditation, Tibetan yoga, and other spiritual practices. Students are supported to unwind the unhealthy habitual patterns that block us from recognizing and appreciating the radiant true nature of reality and ourselves, leading to the flowering of creativity and unique potential. The teachings are given in a loving and joyful environment in which teachers and community members offer each other respect, support and friendship.
- Honoring the feminine principles of openness, relatedness, peace, harmony, natural unfolding, embracing, nourishing, unconditional love, and wisdom;
- Embracing the masculine principles of clarity, one-pointed concentration, grounded strength, skillful activity, organizing, discernment, and creativity;
- Bringing the inner feminine and masculine principles into harmony, fruition, and union. Integrating spirit, psyche, and body and integrating practice with everyday life;
- Practicing being a good world citizen by: caring for our mother earth, ourselves, and each other; honoring the equality of all beings; practicing generosity towards all beings; and acting with integrity, truthfulness, and honesty;
- Facilitating the unwinding and releasing of unhealthy habitual patterns, as well as taking responsibility for our own body, speech, and mind;
- Developing courage, self-reliance, confidence and flexibility;
- Facilitating the bringing to consciousness each individual’s own innate wisdom; and
- Cultivating a conscious spiritual community within an environment of support, friendship, and mutual respect that encourages open, direct and loving communication, and enhances compassion, loving kindness, fulfillment, gratitude and joy.
“Each person, at the core of who we truly are, is a unique, beautiful awake being. But this reality is generally obscured to us, we don’t feel it directly. So the path of dharma is to uncover our innate intelligence innate wisdom, the innate joy, beauty and compassion that is at the core of who we really are.”
– Lama Palden
THE SHANGPA and KAGYU LINEAGES
Sukhasiddhi Foundation is a center for the study and practice of both the Shangpa and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. From the Buddha down to our current day, the teachings and practices of these lineages have been personally actualized and then transmitted and taught from master to disciple. The masters have mentored their students in this personal, yet universal process. We are very fortunate that in both of these lineages in each successive generation practitioners have actualized awakening and have transmitted the teachings and meditation practices and mentored the next generation. In this way the teachings and lineage have remained vital and unbroken.
Lama Palden received both the Shangpa and Kagyu lineage transmissions, including empowerments, teachings and personal guidance from her root guru, Kalu Rinpoche, then primary lineage holder of the Shangpa lineage, and a lineage holder in the Kagyu. She also received the profound blessing and many transmissions from the 16th Karmapa, primary holder of the Kagyu Lineage. She then engaged in a three year meditation retreat. Lama Dondrup also completed a three year retreat. Lama Annik & Lama Pat, completed the equivalent of meditation and philosophical in daily life. The entirety of the Shangpa practices are taught as part of the long-term practice programs at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, as well as some of the Kagyu meditations.
The Shangpa lineage was founded by Khyungpo Naljor, an 11-12th c. Tibetan who traveled several times to India to study with Vajrayana Buddhist gurus. He had 150 teachers. His four main gurus were Niguma, Sukhasiddhi, Rahula and Métripa. In Tibet, his teachings became the Shangpa lineage.
One of the most unique and important aspects of the lineage is that most of the practices and teachings in the Shangpa come from two fully and completely awakened women masters: Sukhasiddhi and Niguma. These were Khyungpo Naljorhis primary teachers gurus.
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