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Phowa: Transference of consciousness at the time of death

Retreat with Lama Palden, September 12-15th, 10am-5pm daily, ending at 4pm on Sunday

About Phowa

Phowa is the Vajrayana Practice of the transference of consciousness at (or very soon after) the time of death. Phowa, the transference of consciousness, is said to be a shortcut to actualize enlightenment without long years of meditation retreat. Proficiency in this meditation enables a practitioner to approach death with confidence.

In order to be successful with Phowa, a Vajrayana practice, it is important to be open hearted and full of faith in the awakened ones and the transmission of the teachings and meditations. Once Phowa has been learned from a qualified teacher and accomplished for oneself, one can also do it for others.

Phowa is one of the six yogas of Sukhasiddhi, Niguma, and Naropa. At this retreat, the practice will be the Sukhasiddhi Phowa.

About Sukhasiddhi

Sukhasiddhi, after whom our center is named, attained the highest level of realization. She was one of the four most important teachers of Kyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa lineage, who considered Sukhasiddhi and Niguma, two women, to be the kindest of his four main teachers.

Appearing in rainbow body, Sukhasiddhi bestowed many teachings on Kyungpo Naljor and subsequent lineage holders. She prom- ised to always sustain and bless the holders and students of the Shangpa tradition. This continues to the present day. At Sukhasiddhi Foundation, we continue to practice the meditations she bestowed, and are pleased to be offering her Phowa practice at this retreat.

About the Retreat

The Phowa retreat will be held on Thursday through Sunday, September 12-15th, 10am-5pm daily, ending at 4pm on Sunday. Each day there will be three approximately one and a half hour sessions, with breaks in between and a 1.5 hour break for lunch.

In each session, Lama Palden will teach the practice and provide guided meditation.  Time will be allowed for questions and discussion.  Once the practice is learned, sessions will be dedicated to doing the meditation under Lama Palden’s guidance.

There will be Tibetan Yoga (Lujong) in the afternoon, to keep our bodies clear and energetic, and  songs of realization and aspiration prayers may be done.

The retreat will be held in the Sukhasiddhi Center. The center is in the charming town of Fairfax, CA with many options for lunch within walking distance, or participants may being lunch to be eaten at the center.  If you need help with overnight accommodations or have other questions, please email.


Participation in this retreat requires:

Meditation experience and familiarity with Vajrayana practice– please provide a brief summary of your background when registering; a short interview may be required

Formal refuge vowsrefuge vows will be given by Lama Palden on September 7th

The Sukhasiddhi empowerment the empowerment will be given by Lama Palden on September 7th

Full attendance on all days – important to keep the retreat container.


Sliding scale: $395- $595. Members: $325 – $595. $200 deposit required when registering; Balance payable by August 31st. Refund Policy: full refund less $50 admin fee if cancellation received by August 15th;  no refunds except for unusual circumstances after August 15th.

About Lama Palden

Having studied with the great Tibetan masters, including the intensive Tibetan three-year retreat, and with years of teaching and personal practice, Lama Palden is a master of the Phowa practice. Lama Palden has been blessed to receive and practice the Sukhasiddhi, Niguma and Naropa Phowa meditations, as well as the Amitabha Phowa. She will be offering the Sukhasiddhi Phowa at this retreat. She is dedicated to bringing deep spirituality to modern lives and living, helping each of us uncover who we truly are, and blossom in our own unique way. She brings her experience of being a human being, mother, and therapist in this modern world, as well as her in depth experience of being a mystic and an early and continuing practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, to her teaching. Lama Palden is a unique and qualified teacher for any practitioner, new or experienced, wanting to explore or deepen their immersion in a spiritual path.



September 12 @ 10:00 AM
September 15 @ 4:00 PM
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