Join us Sunday mornings October 11 to November 22, 2020 for 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 Buddhist teaching in a down-to-earth and accessible way.
Lama Döndrup will guide you through the teachings, explaining how each practice is built and why its done. 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: 21 Practices of Tara
In the first of three segments, Lama Döndrup will lead us in developing and nurturing our relationship with the embodiment of compassion, Green Tara.
Green Tara is a feminine embodiment of the awakened quality of compassion who is committed to come swiftly the moment that we call to her to ease fear and anxiety and to protect from danger. We will be using the 21 Praises of Tara practice text, which is a beautiful and accessible method to cultivate a relationship with each of the 21 manifestations of Tara. In connecting with Tara and her 21 manifestations, we begin to awaken to the quality of compassion that is innate in our being, yet often obscured. In developing a personal relationship with Tara, we are also developing our relationship to the enlightened feminine aspect of Awakened Mind.
Segment 2: Vajrayana Theory Teachings
In segment two, Lama Döndrup will offer an in-depth exploration of Vajrayana theory and method, the various elements of traditional Vajrayana practices, and the symbology of the imagery and its relation to purification.
Vajrayana practices are brilliantly designed methods to help us uncover awakened qualities that are innate in our being but remain out of our reach because of habitual patterns. They are rich with multiple layers of symbology and engage the practitioner simultaneously at the levels of body, speech, and mind. In these practices, we take the result as the path and assume our awakened nature and engage with other awakened beings through visualization, chanting, mantras, mudras, and music. These teachings will then be applied to the practice of Chenrezig.
Segment 3: Chenrezig Practice
In the third segment, Lama Döndrup will lead participants in applying their knowledge gained in the Vajrayana Theory course to the practice of Chenrezig.
Chenrezig, also known as Avalokiteshvara, is the embodiment of universal, unconditioned, boundless compassion, which is our true, undistorted nature. Meditating on Chenrezig transforms our distorted view of self to reveal the radiant luminosity we truly are. He is the gateway to and essence of Vajrayana Buddhism.
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 – 10:00 am||Segment 1: 21 Praises of Tara Practice|
|10:00 am – 10:15 am||Tea break|
|10:15 am – 11:30 am||Segment 2: Vajrayana Theory Teachings|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Tea break|
|12:00 pm – 1:15 pm||Segment 3: Chenrezig 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-$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.