By Barbara Juniper In January, my cohort of dharma brothers and sisters celebrated the completion of a six-year commitment of training in the foundational practices of the traditional Vajrayana three-year retreat. Starting with the two-year Bodhi training and moving on to the four-year Shangpa training was, for me, a one-day-at-a-time process involving all the ups and downs of deep practice. It was also a time
An interview with Joanne Molyneaux After more than 22 years of loving and dedicated service to Sukhasiddhi and its students, Joanne Molyneaux is retiring from her role as Executive Director. Jane Brunette spoke with Joanne about her time as a key leader at Sukhasiddhi, and what she sees for herself going forward. Tell me a little about your relationship to Sukhasiddhi and what you’ve seen
This is essentially a meditation to help us transform and liberate suffering into love and joy. In addition to experiencing our own suffering, we often unconsciously or consciously, take in others’ suffering. This just sits inside of us unless we process it. This meditation transforms and liberates that as well. Through this meditation we are learn the skills that empower us, empower who we truly are to come forward.
Reflecting on how Western Ireland shares and accepts death can be a valuable lesson for us. In County Mayo where my grandmother was born, death is held differently from our rather long suffering painful denial and hushed avoidance.
Daily, we hear of the suffering, cruelty, and violence that we as human beings are perpetuating against each other and the planet. How can we meet our human situation and each other with love and cooperation? This is a crucial time when we need to strengthen our inner resources, and an important juncture for us to develop further spiritual tools to sustain ourselves, our loved ones, and our larger community for the coming years ahead.
A number of Sukhasiddhi's senior students just completed training with Lama Palden and Lew Richmond to become Community Dharma Leaders, sharing the Dharma as it comes uniquely through them. Gitte Dobrer shares her experience of the training.