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Sukhasiddhi Sundays

All are invited to join Lama Döndrup on Sundays for an extended period of meditation, teachings, and a Chagdrukpa Druptab ritual. This seven-week series will offer practices and teachings for students at all levels of experience in three segments each Sunday morning. The segments are designed to build on each other. You can choose to attend some or all of the segments depending on your level of practice. Details are provided at the end of this description.

For new and experienced practitioners:
Segment 1:  Calm Abiding Meditation Practice
Segment 2:  Class on our Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist Lineage (meditation, talk, discussion)

For experienced practitioners:
Segment 3:  Chagdrukpa Druptab Ritual

Segments:

Segment 1: Calm Abiding Meditation Practice
In Segment 1, Lama Döndrup will deliver the teachings on the meditation practice of Calm Abiding. This presentation will be accessible to those completely new to meditation as well as seasoned practitioners.

Calm Abiding is the practice of bringing the mind to stillness. Our minds are constantly processing information as we move about our daily life and we develop the habit of following and reacting to every thought as it arises and following it to the next and the next. One of the first steps on the Buddhist path from suffering to freedom is to learn that we do not need to follow every thought. We can choose to let go of the thinking process and bring the mind to rest. Our normal experience of mind is similar to the treacherous waves of a turbulent ocean. The practice of Calm Abiding provides a way to bring those turbulent waves gradually into peaceful stillness.

Calm Abiding is the foundation of all Mahayana and Vajrayana practices and it is essential to cultivate at all stages of the path. In order to begin the path of meditation and to fully mature as experienced practitioners, it is necessary to sit in silence and learn to work with our mind and come to know and understand our unique karmic/habitual tendencies. When we are not distracted by the movement of mind, the cause of suffering can become clear; the wisdom, compassion and all the qualities of a bodhisattva can spring forth; the visualizations of Vajrayana practice arise effortlessly and in clear detail; and we can access the wisdom that recognizes the nature of mind.

Segment 2: Class on our Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist Lineage (meditation, talk, discussion)
In Segment 2, Lama Döndrup will lead an exploration of the lineage of the Shangpa Kagyu. A lineage is the line of practitioners through whom a collections of teachings is passed in an unbroken, successive way thereby ensuring that the teachings and practices remain, accurate, vital, and alive through the passage of time. The Shangpa Kagyu Lineage is unique in that it originated with two awakened Kashmiri women, Sukhasiddhi and Niguma. The profound teachings of these wisdom dakinis (highly accomplished female practitioners) are pithy, elegant, and penetrate straight to the heart of the matter, making them an accessible, relevant, and efficacious method as we engage in the world today. Through meditation, teachings, and discussion, we will explore the masters who have carried this unbroken stream of teachings from the 11th century to us today.

Segment 3:  Chagdrukpa Druptab Ritual
In Segment 3, Lama Döndrup will lead a ritual, called a puja. For this series, the puja will be the Chagdrukpa (Six-Arm Mahakala) Druptab. Chagdrukpa is the fierce form of Chenresig who is the primary protector of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage. This practice helps practitioners overcome obstacles on the path to enlightenment. Chagdrukpa welcomes and liberates the most challenging emotions, energies, and forces that we experience in this life and beyond. As we develop a relationship with Chagdrukpa, he becomes an unequalled ally on the path. Through chanting, visualization, mudras, and music, we make offerings and pay homage to this great Wisdom Protector. In doing so, we nurture and further develop our connection with him and his entourage. Note: To attend Segment 3, one must have previously received the Six-Armed Mahakala empowerment and the teachings on the Druptab text.

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. We ask that participants plan to attend at least two segments when you come. Options are as follows:

 

9:00 am – 9:45 am Segment 1: Calm Abiding Meditation Practice 
9:45 am – 10:00 am Tea break
10:00 am – 11:15 am Segment 2:  Class on our Shangpa Kagyu Buddhist Lineage (meditation, talk, discussion)
11:15 am – 11:30 am Tea break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Segment 3: Chagdrukpa Druptab Ritual

 

For those who are new to Sukhasiddhi Foundation, you are invited to participate in Segments 1 and 2. You may attend one or more sessions of the 7-week series as your schedule permits.

For those who are experienced practitioners at Sukhasiddhi, you are invited to drop-in as desired. You are welcome to attend Segments 1 and 2, Segments 2 and 3 (if you have had the Chagdrukpa empowerment and Druptab teachings), or Segments 1, 2 and 3.

For those interested in joining the Dharma Training Program (DTP) track*, attendance at Segments 1 and 2 is required for all 7 weeks.

Segments 1 and 2 will also be available by livestream.

Cost:

Single day: $25 – $70 sliding scale (non-members), $10 – $50 sliding scale (members)

Full seven-week series: $150 – $450 sliding scale (non-members), $85 – $300 sliding scale (members)

Sukhasiddhi members who wish to attend only the Druptab Ritual, please make a donation.

Dates:

You may attend one or more of the dates of this seven-week series:
October 13, October 20, November 3, November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1

 

 

Teacher:

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. She is on the piano faculty at San Domenico Music Conservatory.

 

*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.

 

 

Details

Date:
November 17
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Location

Sukhasiddhi Foundation
771 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930 United States
Phone:
415-462-0127