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Perspectives on Vajrayana Mahamudra

An Online Practice Retreat with Lama Döndrup and Lama Drupgyu

Monday, June 21, to Saturday, June 26, 2021

Step into the exquisite potential of the Vajra World

Registration required by Thursday, June 17th at 5pm



Lama Döndrup talks about how this time of returning engagement with the world is a potent time for retreat.


Lama Döndrup shares details about the retreat.


Retreat Overview:

View, Meditation, and Action

In the morning sessions, Lama Döndrup will present teachings and perspectives on the three introspective stages of the Buddhist path: View, Meditation, and Action. The basis of the spiritual journey is an understanding of the dream-like nature of all phenomena. Through the lens of this view, we engage in depth exploration of mind and its nature through various methods of meditation. As we come to certainty about the view through our experience in meditation, the fruition of that understanding is expressed naturally in one’s embrace of life and the world and the infusing of both with awakened qualities in our conduct. We will explore these stages of practice through teachings, reflection, and Songs of Realization.


Mahamudra Preliminaries as a Gateway to Mahamudra and Vajrayana.

In the afternoon teaching sessions, Lama Drupgyu will explore the perspectives of the Preliminary (Ngondro) Practices as a Gateway to Mahamudra and Vajrayana. This exploration will not concern the details of the practices – which should be received in specific transmission – but rather the general principles evident in each practice, and the manner in which they facilitate an appreciation for Vajrayana Mahamudra.

These practices skillfully introduce us to different aspects of both ourselves and the exquisite potential of vajra world. We will discover that in each practice we find our way in terms of the three introspective stages of view, meditation, and action that are being considered in this retreat.

In addition, there will be sessions with Lujong (Tibetan Yoga) in the morning, yoga in the afternoon, a Vajrayana practice in the evening, and Mahamudra meditation sessions throughout the day.



Retreat Format and Schedule:


The retreat will be online through Zoom, and will begin at 8:45am on Monday, coming to a close at 12:30pm Saturday. Daily sessions will start at 8:00am, with an optional sitting at 7:30am, and end at approximately 8:30pm. The retreat schedule will be as follows:


Monday Schedule               
8:45-9:15 am Welcome
9:30-11:00 am Teaching: View, Meditation and Action
11:15-12:00 Silent Meditation
1:30-3:00 pm Teaching: Mahamudra Preliminaries
3:30-4:45 pm Yoga
5:15-6:00 pm Silent Meditation
7:15-8:30 pm Puja: Chagdrukpa and Chenrezig


Tuesday-Friday Schedule
7:30-8:00 am Silent Meditation (optional)
8:00-9:00 am Lujong (Tibetan Yoga)
9:30-11:00 am Teaching: View, Meditation and Action
11:15-12:00 Silent Meditation
1:30-3:00 pm Teaching: Mahamudra Preliminaries (Friday: Chenrezig Empowerment)
3:30-4:45 pm Yoga
5:15-6:00 pm Silent Meditation
7:15-8:30 pm Puja: Chagdrupka and Chenrezig


Saturday Schedule              
7:30-8:00 am Silent Meditation (optional)
8:00-9:00 am Lujong (Tibetan Yoga)
9:30-11:00 am Teaching: View, Meditation and Action
11:15-12:30 Closing Circle


On Friday, Lama Drupgyu will give a Chenrezig Empowerment in the 1:30-3:00pm time slot. To participate in the empowerment ceremony one must have taken formal refuge vows before the retreat begins.

Participants may have a 15-minute interview with one lama via Zoom during the retreat. A separate sign up list will be provided at the retreat.



Retreat Requirements:


  • Previous meditation experience is recommended but not required.
  • Having taken formal refuge vows is required to attend the Chenrezig empowerment on Friday. If you need to take refuge, please check that on your registration form. If needed, a Refuge Ceremony will be held prior to the retreat for an additional fee.
  • If you are new to Sukhasiddhi, please provide your meditation experience and background in the registration.



Retreat Cost:


The retreat cost is a sliding scale $575-$950 (members $450-$850). Cost covers dana for the lamas for the teachings, one interview and the empowerment, as well as for the lujong and qigong or yoga.

A $200 deposit is required at time of registration, with the balance payable by June 15th. Refund of all payments less $25 administrative fee provided if cancellation received by June 17th.

If you need financial hardship consideration, please email admin@sukhasiddhi.org.


Registration required by Thursday, June 17th at 5pm:





Retreat Teachers:


Lama Döndrup is Sukhasiddhi Foundation’s Resident Lama, overseeing the curriculum and offerings at Sukhasiddhi in collaboration with the lamas and dharma leaders on the teachers council. She has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty five years. After five years of Theravadin Buddhist training, she immersed herself in the teachings and practices of the Shangpa and Kagyu Vajrayana lineages. In 2005, she completed a traditional three-year retreat and was authorized as a lama. Upon her return to Marin County, she began teaching classes and leading meditations at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, and in 2020 was authorized by Lama Palden Drolma as Resident Lama. Lama Döndrup is honored to guide students through all stages of the spiritual journey; helping them to feel confident in their own understanding of practices and teachings; and supporting the natural unfolding of their innate wisdom and compassion. In addition to her Buddhist training, Lama Döndrup trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.


Lama Drupgyu Tenzin (Anthony Chapman), a student of Kalu Rinpoche since 1972, and a monk from 1974 to 1995, participated in the first traditional three-year retreat for Westerners from 1976 to 1980, in France. Kalu Rinpoche subsequently appointed him as Lama of his center in Paris, and later Lama Drupgyu became the first westerner to be appointed Druppön, or Retreat Master, leading three-year retreats on Saltspring Island, Canada. Subsequently, he participated for six years in the translation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge. Lama Drupgyu assisted in the establishment of Tsadra Foundation, a New York-based non-profit that supports development of Vajrayana in the West, and is currently Vice-President.



Lujong and Yoga Teacher:

Trinity Sipila has been a student and practitioner of yoga for over 30 years. She is also an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Massage Therapist and teacher of Yoga and Qi Gung. She has studied with Lama Palden and other Sukhasiddhi teachers since 2006 and has completed the Community Dharma Leaders program. She has been leading the weekly Lujong and Meditation class at Sukhasiddhi with Gitte Dobrer since 2014. Trinity delights in and is dedicated to sharing the rich potency and value of these beautiful wisdom traditions that help us awaken to our deeper living truths, and enable us to live with greater integrity, wellbeing, and joy.






June 21 @ 8:45 AM
June 26 @ 12:30 PM
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Online via Zoom