Join us Sunday mornings January 24 to February 28, 2021 for Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhist practices and teachings in our inclusive online community.
Our Sunday series is an opportunity for both new and experienced practitioners to come together in community. Each Sunday we will offer three segments that offer principles of Vajrayana Buddhism in a down-to-earth and accessible way.
Lama Döndrup will guide you through the teachings and practices with detailed explanations. Her style of teaching will help you feel confident in your own understanding of ceremonies and teachings and support the natural unfolding of your innate wisdom.
Each Sunday is offered in three segments—choose the segments you wish to attend (or attend all):
Segment 1: Chenrezig Practice
In the first of three segments, Lama Döndrup will guide us through the Chenrezig practice to help us recognize and access the boundless, unbiased compassion that is our true nature.
Chenrezig, also known as Avalokiteshvara, is a masculine embodiment of universal, unconditioned compassion. Through visualization, mantra, and silent meditation the Chenrezig practice transforms our distorted view of self and helps us recognize our innate radiant, compassionate nature. Lama Döndrup will lead the practice in a way that supports this recognition and deepens the participants’ understanding of the symbolism and meaning of the ritual.
Segment 2: 12 Links of Dependent Origination Teaching
In segment two, Lama Döndrup will offer an in-depth exploration of the Buddhist teaching on dependent origination, which defines our cycle of existence in 12 interdependent steps or links.
We live in a reality in which one moment conditions the next. The way that we approach or respond to any given moment influences our experience of what next arises. Having a genuine understanding of the 12 links of dependent origination allows us to recognize the fundamental cause of our suffering, to see how that suffering is perpetuated, and provides motivation to undertake the practices needed to uproot it. Through imagery, explanation, and inquiry, Lama Döndrup will present this teaching in a way that allows it to be applied to our moment-to-moment experience and helps us to understand our experience from lifetime to lifetime. The application of these teachings can bring a sense of groundedness and direction during a time when the circumstances of our life may seem beyond our control. While we cannot control what arises in our life, we have a choice in how we respond to it and this in turn will flavor our experience of the next moment.
Segment 3: 21 Praises of Tara Practice
In this third segment, Lama Döndrup will lead participants in the 21 Praises of Tara practice meditation which helps one to cultivate a relationship with Green Tara, the feminine embodiment of limitless, nonconceptual compassion.
Green Tara’s primary activity is one of protection from fear and danger, and she is committed to responding swiftly the moment that we call upon her. She has 21 manifestations that provide protection in specific circumstances. In this session, Lama Döndrup will be leading the 21 Praises of Tara practice meditation which helps one to cultivate a relationship with Tara and each of her 21 forms through visualization, mantra, and silent meditation. In doing so, we deepen our experience of the divine feminine while simultaneously awakening this quality of compassion that is innate to our being, yet often obscured.
How to Participate:
This series and the segments have been created for individuals to participate on an ongoing basis or drop-in basis, depending on one’s level of interest and practice. All sessions will take place on Zoom. Options are as follows:
|9:00 am – 10:15 am||Segment 1: Chenrezig Practice|
|10:30 am – 11:45 am||Segment 2: 12 Links of Dependent Origination Teaching|
|12:15 pm – 1:15 pm||Segment 3: 21 Praises of Tara Practice|
Participants may attend each class individually, or register for the entire series. Cost is a sliding scale:
- Entire Series: $125 – $450. Sessions are recorded if not able to attend
- Individual Class: $10 (hardship) – $50. If you are unable to offer anything, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will register you for the class you would like to attend.
Registration is required to attend these sessions.
If you would like to register for the series:
Lama Döndrup has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty 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 the 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 January 2020 she will become the Resident Lama, guiding the Center’s ministerial work. Lama Döndrup enjoys guiding students through meditations; helping them to feel confident in their own understanding of ceremonies and teachings; and supporting the natural unfolding of their innate wisdom. In addition to her Buddhist practice, Lama Döndrup trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.
*Sukhasiddhi Foundation provides a series of four in-depth training programs that take students step-by-step through a guided curriculum that encompasses the major teachings of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage. The Dharma Training Program (DTP) is the first of these four. The DTP is a program for those who are new to meditation or those who are new to meditation in a Vajrayana context. In this program, one learns the basic principles, practices, and philosophy foundational to Vajrayana Buddhism. The recurring 7-week Sunday Series will be one of the requirements for those in the DTP. The material presented in Segments 1 and 2 will progress step-by-step through the DTP curriculum. Learn more about the DTP Track.