Buddhist Vocabulary


Karma Karma is a Sanskrit word which has come into standard use in the English language. The Tibetan word for karma is le (phonetic; Wyl. las) which means action or deed. Karma is the law of cause and effect. For every action there is a result. When one engages in actions of body, speech, or mind, these actions leave imprints or karmic seeds in one’s alayavijnana or storehouse consciousness. These imprints accumulate over lifetimes and

Buddhist Vocabulary2021-03-06T14:52:06-08:00

The Value of Spiritual Mentorship


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

The Value of Spiritual Mentorship2019-04-04T14:56:24-07:00

Dharma Off the Cushion: Engaging Practice in the 21st Century


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.

Dharma Off the Cushion: Engaging Practice in the 21st Century2019-06-25T08:13:07-07:00

Kalu Rinpoche Visits 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

Kalu Rinpoche Visits Sukhasiddhi Foundation2018-12-06T13:56:14-08:00

Finding a Spiritual Home


from Lama Palden In America and in the west in general, we are exposed to many different spiritual traditions, not only our own Judea-Christian traditions, but also the traditions of Islam,  all of the different traditions of Buddhism plus an immense variety of other eastern and indigenous spiritual traditions and disciplines.  This is an incredible opportunity and time that we are living in right now, an opportunity to touch into so many traditions, to read

Finding a Spiritual Home2018-09-25T13:30:42-07:00

Liberate Challenging Emotions with Lama Palden


We get so caught up in our suffering and neurotic stuff, but there’s so much joy in the path of liberation and transformation when we unwind these patterns and feel the core of who we truly are. I feel more and more that what they say is true— Buddhism is like finding a jewel in a pile of trash on the road. This is how it really is.

Liberate Challenging Emotions with Lama Palden2018-10-12T10:58:46-07:00

The Value of A Longer Retreat


For the month of August, a group of senior Sukhasiddhi students in the lineage program are doing intensive White Tara practice in silent retreat. In this interview, Sandy Shelton, one of the organizers of this retreat, about the choice of White Tara practice and the power of doing a long spell of concentrated practice. Tell us a little about what led you to put together this retreat. Last August, a small group of us did

The Value of A Longer Retreat2018-08-22T16:01:28-07:00

How to Use Writing as a Spiritual Practice


Jane Brunette has taught meditation and writing internationally, and has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for many years. She offers the following guide to using writing as a spiritual practice. Jane will be leading a writing daylong on September 30th at Sukhasiddhi. WRITING can be a powerful spiritual practice, helping us to integrate our active mind with the mind of meditation. By using it as a process of inquiry, it can also help us

How to Use Writing as a Spiritual Practice2018-09-24T16:11:47-07:00