About Us

About Us2020-03-18T12:31:31-07:00

Welcome to Sukhasiddhi Foundation

Sukhasiddhi Foundation offers an extraordinary opportunity to go directly and deeply into the heart of the rich and ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism in an atmosphere that supports, enlivens and radically changes our daily lives.

The  lineages  of Tibetan Buddhism offer an unbroken stream of blessings from the Buddha down to us, enables us to practice very deeply while in the midst of  our everyday experience. The traditional Vajrayana and Mahamudra meditations of Tibet are intended to create rapid transformation of our minds and hearts so that wise action, compassion and loving kindness can open and flourish within us. Vajrayana practices help us to transform our ordinary experiences, which are marked by suffering, into the awakened experience of reality as the union of bliss and emptiness. The Mahamudra meditative practices focus on the realization of the true nature of mind and real-ity—the inseparability of clarity, luminosity and openness—an experience that is available to us in every moment.

These teachings are offered through meditation sessions, classes, programs and retreats under the guidance of Lama Döndrup Drolma and a council of highly experienced and trained lamas and dharma leaders. At Sukhasiddhi, we stress the vital importance of integrating psychological growth and spiritual practice so that we do not short circuit the process of becoming fully humanand do not relegate spiritual practice to some isolated corner of our lives. our practice should empower us  and unwind unhealthy habitual patterns so that our lives become meaningful, and our actions are in accord with our deepest truth.

We strongly believe that we each hold within us the deep guidance that we need in order to realize our true nature, and we encourage students to rely on themselves and learn to listen to their own inner guru. In this way the practices flourish in a non-authoritarian environment in which sangha members  offer each other support, respect and friendship.

We look forward to your participation.

 

 

Our Mission

To share the life-changing Buddhist teachings of wisdom and love with everyone.

Our Vision

A world where equality, freedom and opportunity prevail so that people can reach their full potential.

Our Mission

To share the life-changing Buddhist teachings of wisdom and love with everyone.

Our Vision

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.

Core Values:
  • 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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