One of the fundamental teachings in Vajrayana Buddhism is reflecting on the preciousness of our human birth. Of the six realms described in the Buddha’s teachings,...
Buddhist Vocabulary: Dharma Sanskrit: dharma Pali: dhamma Tibetan: Wylie transliteration: chos, phonetic: chö The term dharma has multiple meanings. It is derived from the Sanskrit root dhri, which means “to hold” or “to maintain.” The three basic definitions are 1) Teachings or Doctrines, 2) Phenomena, 3) Qualities 1. Teachings or Doctrines: - Refers to all teachings or doctrines, whether they are Buddhist or not. - In this sense, dharma is something which holds us from
A Letter from Lama Döndrup Equinox greetings! The Autumnal Equinox is upon us just as we are moving into a new season at Sukhasiddhi Foundation. Having had heartfelt gatherings to honor and express our gratitude to Lama Palden and Joanne Molyneaux for their unequalled dedication to Sukhasiddhi Foundation, we are now harvesting the fruit of their efforts, using it to support us in new ways that address the particular challenges we're collectively facing in
Lama Pat Berube reports on this traditional aspiration prayer festival, held August 1-4 in Santa Fe, New Mexico I arrived to a warm and sunny Santa Fe and after a brief afternoon rain, the most delightful—almost spicy—desert aroma permeating the air. Many years ago, I lived in New Mexico, and with that wonderful aroma, I relaxed with fond memories of that magical high desert country. In 1986, the First Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche consecrated the Santa
Lama Palden will teach a non-residential retreat on Phowa, the transfer of consciousness at the time of death, from Sept 12-15 at the Sukhasiddhi Center. Here she talks a bit about the practice she will transmit and the benefits of learning it. Phowa is one of the six yogas or six doctrines. There are three systems of the six yogas: Naropa, Niguma and Sukhasiddhi. I received all of them from Kalu Rinpoche, who was a
Lama Palden, Lama Döndrup, and Annik Brunet attended the Sakyadhita Conference, an international gathering of Buddhist women that was held in the Blue Mountains of Australia this past July. Here, Annik shares the highlights of the conference: The Sakyadhita conference opened with a deep acknowledgment of Aboriginal culture, highlighting the essential connection between dharma and the wisdom of the ancient inhabitants of the Australian continent. Aunty Beryl Carmichael, an indigenous elder of the Nyampiia people
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 when profound bonds of the heart formed between the members
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.