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

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

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

Shattered Complacency and the Path to Awakening


Lama Drupgyu looks at how the global pandemic and its fallout upsets our habits and makes possible fresh choices that benefit all. Our world has known specific conflict and suffering more acute than the current situation, be it from wars — most recently we can think of Syria and the Middle East; or natural disasters — we can remember vividly Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, or the more recent hurricane in India. These have tended

Shattered Complacency and the Path to Awakening2020-06-04T09:12:58-07:00