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.
by Barbara Juniper Times are a bit unstable these days. More than ever, walking a spiritual path and having a practice that helps connect us to a sense of inner ok-ness feels essential. Yet sometimes the path splits into two or more paths, and uncertainty arises. How do we navigate unfamiliar terrain? How do we listen to the promptings of our deep knowing? In its essence, the path home to our own heart is a
Introducing Dharma Off the Cushion, a series of evening talks that explore the diverse ways Buddhist practitioners engaged in making a difference in the world. A truly inspiring series and a benefit for Sukhasiddhi Foundation.
Kalu Rinpoche made a last-minute visit to Sukhasiddhi on November 11 and gave a wonderful talk from his personal experience as a dharma practioner. In this blog are Lama Palden's reflections on the visit. The recordings and transcript are here. KALU RINPOCHE gave us only four days notice when he decided to come to the center after he finished touring his original centers in North America. There were about 150 people who came to see