Bodhi Training Program2021-09-09T14:12:37-07:00

Bodhi Program is on hold and is being redesigned

Program Focus

The Bodhi program introduces participants to the four Ngöndro practices of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism, and provides expert guidance and support for completing the practices. The Ngondro practices are a study and practice program in themselves, and, as Tibetan Buddhism provides a structured, progressive appoach to developing and revealing our awakened nature, are also a primary requirement for moving into the advanced practices of the Shangpa lineage.

These profoundly transformative Ngondro practices support practitioners to:

  • liberate confused habitual patterns and karma;
  • work with the mind, speech, psyche, and body to open spiritually in various ways, and
  • flush psychological and ego issues to the surface for release.

As the layers of illusion are peeled away, we begin to feel the awakened nature at the core of who we truly are. Compassion and wisdom arise spontaneously as that which fetters them unwinds. Throughout this process of transformation, we learn to increasingly rest in and “enjoy the view” of our direct experience. We begin to differentiate illusions from genuine reality, constructions from truth.

The Bodhi program requires a having a strong foundation in Buddhist principles, teachings and practice, which are taught in the ongoing Dharma Training Program.

For those interested in joining the next Bodhi Program, it is recommended that, in preparation, you participate in the ongoing Dharma Training Program to help ensure you have the needed background.

The Practices

The Ngondro practices are composed of four parts:

  • Refuge and the development of bodhicitta (unbounded compassion) together are the first.
  • Then we engage with Vajrasattva, which is a psychologically and spiritually sophisticated purification practice.
  • Third is Mandala practice, which entails offering the entire universe, including oneself, to awakening.
  • The last is a Guru Yoga practice to usher in the blessings and transmission of the lineage. The Ngondro practices are profoundly transforming practices which

The program will also include Mahayana level Bodhisattva training and practices, foundational Buddhist topics of Vajrayana, and Mahamudra training and practice. Together the teachings and practices are designed to reach and transform many levels of our psycho-spiritual system.

The Bodhi program has a one-year commitment and is designed as an ongoing stream where students can renew their commitment each year, and new students can join. It generally takes a minimum of three years to complete the ngondro practices in full, but there are many options for doing ngondro, and completion is not a requirement of the program.

Program Structure

The program structure is being redesigned.

Program Benefits

 Participation in an in depth program such as this includes commitment of time, financial resources, and most importantly, one’s dedication to practice and awakening.  Although the commitment is considerable, the benefit to one’s growth and awakening is immeasurable.

This program offers its participants:

  • Instruction and support for doing the Preliminary Practices (Ngöndro)
  • In-depth study of more advanced Buddhist teachings through a structured curriculum
  • Study and practice with a supportive cohort
  • Instruction and mentoring from a qualified teacher – Students practice at their own pace in regular consultation with their teacher. The practices are individualized through regular contact with the teacher.
  • Empowerments appropriate to the Bodhi level of practice
  • Ability to receive advanced teachings which require completion of the ngondro.  At Sukhasiddhi, these teachings are offered in the Shangpa program.

We invite you to join this unique opportunity to study Tibetan Buddhism in depth.

The Bodhi Program requires that participants have either:

Have a background in meditation and Buddhist philosophy and practice, particularly Tibetan Buddhism.
–or–
Begun the Shangpa Ngöndro or begun or completed Ngöndro within another lineage.

The Bodhi program benefits participants most who have a strong foundation in Buddhist principles, teachings and practice, which are taught in the ongoing Dharma Training Program.

For those interested in joining the 2022 Bodhi Program, it is recommended that, in preparation, you participate in the ongoing Dharma Training Program to help ensure you have the needed background.

To be posted soon.

Application Process

To join the program, interested participants will first complete an application form and will then have an interview with a Sukhasiddhi lama.

For those interested in joining the Bodhi Program, it is recommended that, in preparation, you participate in the ongoing Dharma Training Program until applications are being accepted for the Bodhi Program.

If you have questions, please email info@sukhasiddhi.org.

Teacher

Lama Döndrup oversees the curriculum and offerings at Sukhasiddhi, in collaboration with the lamas and dharma leaders on the teachers council.

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 2020 was authorized by Lama Palden as Resident Lama. Lama Döndrup enjoys guiding students through creation and completion stage 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 has trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.