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Karma: Empowering Compassionate Action


As our human family faces multiple challenges resulting from an accumulation of our past collective actions, it is a good time to reflect on how we might make our current actions contribute to a more wholesome direction in the future. With this in mind, in the upcoming Sukhasiddhi Sunday series, as an extension of the recent series on the 12 Links of Interdependent Origination, we will study the law of karma and the role intention

Karma: Empowering Compassionate Action2021-04-24T19:13:21-07:00

An Interview with Sukhasiddhi Board Member Gary Buck


What originally attracted you to Sukhasiddhi that led you to serving on the board? My own Buddhist practice began in the Theravaden tradition, then a stretch in Zen, and when I found my way to the Vajrayana it became my home in practice. I was involved with Lama Palden for a number of years in her Diamond Logos class, and have done a few retreats with her. I’ve felt really good about how she’s been

An Interview with Sukhasiddhi Board Member Gary Buck2021-03-11T07:59:32-08:00

Understanding the Wheel of Life


In this season of the lunar new year, the study of the Wheel of Life and the 12 Links of Interdependent Origination have been a central focus in the Sukhasiddhi Sundays study and practice sessions. The Wheel of Life is a visual representation of samsara (cyclic existence) and its causes and components. At the hub of the wheel of life are a pig, a snake, and a rooster. They represent the three poisons of unawareness,

Understanding the Wheel of Life2021-03-10T07:29:02-08:00

Sukhasiddhi’s Dharma Training Program Now Accepting Applications


Sukhasiddhi will be offering a new cycle of the Dharma Training Program for those who are interested in exploring and deepening dharma practice and want to be part of a spiritual community of like-minded individuals. This program will introduce a variety of Buddhist teachings and practices, and will support each person to choose and practice an authentic path in the midst of work and family commitments. Practices are designed to be relevant to the needs

Sukhasiddhi’s Dharma Training Program Now Accepting Applications2021-03-10T07:33:39-08:00

Lama Palden Drolma on Using Covid Confinement to Clear Out Habitual Patterns


During these times, many of us are slowed down and fenced in, whether alone or with family, and this can make us much more aware of our shortcomings and unhealthy habit patterns — the way our mind can go into “bad neighborhoods,” and be afraid, negative, depressed or anxious. While this can be painful, we can use our increased awareness as a base for Vajrasattva practice. This is a wonderful opportunity to shift out of

Lama Palden Drolma on Using Covid Confinement to Clear Out Habitual Patterns2021-01-04T10:32:36-08:00

New Board Members Bring Fresh Perspectives


At the end of 2020, six board members who have devoted themselves to the well-being and development of Sukhasiddhi for many years will step down from their posts and we will welcome four new members to the Board of Directors. This transition has provided the Board and Executive Leadership Team an opportunity to reflect on Sukhasiddhi Foundation’s history, to gain clarity about our organization’s structure and functionality, and to clarify our vision. “While we will

New Board Members Bring Fresh Perspectives2020-12-03T14:54:15-08:00

An Interview with New Board Member Susan Shannon


What drew you to Sukhasiddhi? I’ve been aware of Sukhasiddhi since it first started. Lama Palden Drolma, known as Caroline in 1982, was one of the first people I met when I moved to California. I had taken refuge and received some intimate teachings from Kalu Rinpoche, so we had that in common. After she came back from three-year retreat, she and two fellow retreatants visited me in my Lagunitas home. They were fresh out

An Interview with New Board Member Susan Shannon2021-01-04T10:31:24-08:00

From Fear of Death to Greater Compassion


As the latest cases and deaths from Covid-19 filled the news, it has been impossible to not think about death. The virus has brought major changes to how we live our lives. Those who have lost loved ones and the medical personnel caring for the sick are having a particularly stressful time. Our emotional, spiritual and cultural distance from death has been narrowed. Our denial and avoidance in talking about and facing death has been

From Fear of Death to Greater Compassion2020-12-02T22:00:43-08:00