The Shangpa Program
The Sukhasiddhi Foundation Shangpa program encompasses the essence of the practice curriculum of the traditional three-year three-month intensive Vajrayana retreat that provides advanced, in-depth spiritual training in the lineage. The next Shangpa Program, a two to six-year program commencing in June 2020, is for students who have completed the Ngondro practices. The Shangpa program offers a unique and precious opportunity to develop a deep, profound spiritual awareness while in the midst of everyday life.
The Shangpa program proceeds step by step through an extraordinary set of practices that when engaged in with sincerity and with appropriate transmissions and guidance, helps to:
- Liberate one’s ignorance of the nature of reality, as well as liberate the unhelpful habitual patterns and conditioning that have arisen based on ignorance.
- Differentiate illusions from genuine reality, constructions from truth.
- Increasingly rest in and “enjoy the view” of our direct experience, free of illusions and habitual patterns.
- Transform one’s psychophysical system to bring us to directly experience and abide in the true nature of ourselves and all that is.
The next Shangpa program is scheduled to begin in June 2020. If you are interested in joining the Shangpa Program when it starts in 2020, please contact email@example.com Below is an overview of the program’s study and practices.
Study and Practices
- The first two years of the program will focus on Yidam practices including the Lha Shi Fivc Deities Practice, Tonglen, the Extraordinary practices, and Lojong mind training.
- In year three, approved participants will move into the Six Yogas of Sukhasiddhi, with intense focus on tummo,
- Year four will focus on Gyu Lu and Milam,
- Year five will focus on Osel, Bardo, Phowa.
- In year six participants will move into Mila Lha Drup and Kagyu and Shangpa Mahamudra.
The program will include the following each year:
- an annual residential retreat,
- two three-day non-residential retreats a year,
- four interviews with the lama a year,
- personal daily meditation practice of 2 hours a day,
- along with additional study and retreat time, both in class and on one’s own.
The Shangpa Program Retreat Dates for the first year (June 2020 to May 2021) are:
- June 22-29, 2020: Residential Retreat at the Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA
- October 23-25, 2020: Non-Residential Retreat at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, Fairfax, CA
- February 19-21, 2021: Non-Residential Retreat at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, Fairfax, CA
Pleased be aware that circumstances could lead to a change in some dates, though we will attempt to avoid this. Dates for the second year retreats will be made available in early 2020.
Prerequisites for joining the program:
- Completion of the Ngondro practices
- Maturity and psychological stability
- Commitment to the first two years of the program
- Financial ability to pay
- Completing the online application, an interview with a lama and approval to enter the program, completion of the program agreement
The Shangpa program provides an extraordinary opportunity to receive and engage in the profound meditation practices usually only done in long retreat. But the program is rigorous, and the practices are designed to bring up deep issues that hinder or block the participants realization. Program participation requires:
- a strong, clear sense of priorities and a very real commitment to spiritual practice is needed.
- the willingness and steadfast effort to process the psychological and spiritual issues that come up with intensive spiritual practice.
- Ability to consciously process the issues that come up, with yourself, with other participants and with Lama Palden
This will allow for the individual’s true joy, peace, and unique qualities to manifest, and allows one to work and enjoy family life while practicing deeply.
Specific to the Shangpa Student:
- Individual formal agreement with Lama Palden as one’s primary teacher, or as secondary teacher with approval from Lama Palden
- Individual meeting with Lama Palden twice yearly
- Self retreats as well as Sukhasiddhi group retreats
- Studying and maintaining the Tantric Vows
- Taking the appropriate empowerments and teachings
- Engaging in daily meditation practice
- Maintaining Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
- Developing the Paramitas:
- ethics and manners
- joyful effort or diligence
- meditative concentration
- discriminating awareness born from wisdom
- Lifetime dedication to one’s Samaya commitments
- Participating in the Sukhasiddhi annual residential retreat