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Sukhasiddhi Sundays

All are invited to join Lama Döndrup on Sundays for an extended period of meditation, teachings, and a Chöd ritual. This six-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:  Green Tara Practice
Segment 2:  Five Wisdoms: Working with Difficult Emotions

For experienced practitioners:
Segment 3:  Chöd Ritual


Segment 1: Green Tara Practice
In Segment 1, we will develop and nurture our relationship with the embodiment of compassion through a simple and direct Green Tara meditation practice.

Green Tara, is the enlightened feminine embodiment of the awakened quality of compassion and she is committed to instantly come to the aid of any being in need. We engage in Tara practice to actively call on her to pacify our fear and the fear of all beings, and to protect us and all beings from danger. In doing so, we also cultivate these compassionate qualities in ourselves which are innate to each one of us, but are often obscured.

The direct and uncomplicated form of Green Tara practice that Lama Döndrup will be leading is easily accessible for those new to Vajrayana/Tibetan practice. For experienced practitioners this practice is an ideal opportunity to enhance and deepen your relationship with this female manifestation of compassion.

Segment 2: Five Wisdoms: Working with Difficult Emotions
In Segment 2, Lama Döndrup will lead an exploration of the fundamental premise of Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism which teaches each of us that we are primordially pure and that we innately possess all the wisdom and compassion of an awakened being. Because we do not yet recognize this, we experience the energy of these awakened qualities in an obscured way. Rather than experiencing wisdom, we experience difficult emotions as we are tossed about by the challenges in our life. The teaching of the Five Wisdoms is a way for us to understand our potential and recognize the wisdom that lies dormant within each emotion. We learn that when we liberate the contracted energy of emotions we experience boundless clarity, spaciousness, equanimity, discernment, and capacity to act.

Segment 3: Chöd Ritual
In Segment 3, Lama Döndrup will lead a ritual, called a puja. For this series, the puja will be a Chöd practice.

Machig Labrdrön’s Chöd practice is a radical method that cultivates fearlessness and compassion while cutting through ego-fixation and severing false concepts about the world of appearances. The profound and beautiful Chöd practice uses chanting, visualization, and music to welcome difficult mind states and harmful forces that ordinarily give rise to fear and reactivity. We make offerings which nourish and satisfy them, and in the process we come to see the equality of all phenomena and our indestructible true nature.

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 – 10:00 am Segment 1: Green Tara Practice 
10:00 am – 10:15 am Tea break
10:15 am – 11:30 am Segment 2: Five Wisdoms: Working with Difficult Emotions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Tea break
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Segment 3: Chöd 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 6-week series as your schedule permits.

For those who attended the Chöd Daylong or are experienced Chöd practitioners with the Chöd empowerment, you are invited to drop-in as desired. You are welcome to attend Segments 1 and 2, Segments 2 and 3, 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 6 weeks.

Segments 1 and 2 will also be available by livestream. Those choosing to participate by livestream must register for the entire series, and must register at least 48 hours before the beginning of class.


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

Full six-week series: $200 – $450 sliding scale (non-members), $85 – $300 sliding scale (members)

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



You may attend one or more of the dates of this six-week series:
January 19, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23.




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.




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