Sukhasiddhi Sundays: Fall 20212021-09-16T18:02:12-07:00

Embracing Life with the Heart of Wisdom:

Teachings on the Two Truths

Sukhasiddhi Sundays

Join us Sunday mornings for Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhist practices and teachings in our online community.

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Embracing Life with the Heart of Wisdom:
Teachings on the Two Truths

SUKHASIDDHI SUNDAYS

The Buddha’s teaching of the Dharma


is based on two truths:


a truth of worldly convention
and an ultimate truth.

Those who do not understand


the distinction drawn between these two truths


do not understand


the Buddha’s profound truth.

Without a foundation in the conventional truth


the significance of the ultimate cannot be taught.


Without understanding the significance of the ultimate,


liberation is not achieved.

~ Nagarjuna

Join us Sunday mornings for Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhist practices and teachings in our online community.

OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 24, 2021

REGISTER FOR SERIES

Sukhasiddhi Sundays is an opportunity for both new and experienced practitioners to come together in community. Each Sunday we offer teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism in a down-to-earth and accessible way.

Join Us:

Join us Sunday mornings
9:00 am to 12:15 pm Pacific time on Zoom.

9:00 am – 11:15 am:
Silent Meditation & Teachings on the Two Truths 

11:30 pm – 12:15 pm:
Guided Tonglen Meditation

All sessions are recorded for those who join late or cannot attend online in person.

These sessions are offered on a sliding scale donation basis.

The next six-week series starts October 17 2021.

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Join Us:

Sukhasiddhi Sundays is an opportunity for both new and experienced practitioners to come together in community. Each Sunday we offer teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism in a down-to-earth and accessible way.

Sunday mornings October 17 – November 24, 2021

9:00 am to 12:15 pm Pacific time on Zoom

  • 9:00 am – 11:15 am: Silent Meditation and Teachings on the Two Truths
  • 11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Guided Tonglen Meditation

All sessions are recorded for those who join late or cannot attend online in person.

These sessions are offered on a sliding scale donation basis.

REGISTER FOR THE SERIES

Segment 1: Silent Meditation & Teachings on the Two Truths

We start the morning with an opportunity to let go of the activity of the week and drop in to prepare our mind.

The Buddha acknowledged that we suffer in this life and that it is possible to end that suffering. An essential teaching that makes it possible for us to recognize and experience the freedom of not being at the mercy of each wave of life experience is the teaching of the Two Truths: conventional/relative truth, the way things appear to be and genuine/ultimate truth, the way things truly are.

When we develop an understanding of the process of action and result and become familiar with our mind’s habitual tendencies and begin to see its true nature, the denseness of our everyday experience begins to lighten and the space in which we hold and understand our experience infinitely expands.

An understanding of the simultaneity of the Two Truths allows us to fully embrace, engage with and experience this human life with all its joys and sorrows while simultaneously recognizing it all to be the illusory play of awakened mind, wisdom and compassion.

In this course, we will progressively deepen our understanding by exploring the Two Truths in the context of each of the Buddhist philosophical schools. Each class will include silent meditation, inquiry and discussion, and guidance for how to allow the teachings to steep in your experience between classes, becoming a lived understanding.

Segment 2: Guided Tonglen Meditation

We let go of our conceptual understanding of the teachings and experience them directly through meditation.

Segment 1: Silent Meditation and Teachings on the Two Truths

We start the morning with an opportunity to let go of the activity of the week and drop in to prepare our mind.

Segment 2: Guided Tonglen Meditation

We receive teachings about the Buddhist path and reflect on how to embody the teachings in our lives.

Segment 3: Meditation

We let go of our conceptual understanding of the teachings and experience them directly through meditation.

Teacher:

 

Lama Döndrup has been practicing and studying in the Buddhist tradition since the mid-1990’s. 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 a traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of Lama Palden and Lama Drupgyu with the blessing of her root guru, Bokar Rinpoche and was authorized as a lama. Upon her return to Marin County, she began teaching at Sukhasiddhi Foundation. In January 2020, as Lama Palden’s successor, she stepped into the role of Resident Lama, guiding the Center’s ministerial work. Lama Döndrup’s teaching style is thorough and clear yet with light touch as she supports the natural unfolding of each student’s innate wisdom and compassion. She aims to preserve the authenticity of the tradition while making the teachings and practices relevant and accessible to the lives of 21st century Westerners. In addition to her Buddhist practice, Lama Döndrup trained in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.

She is an active classical pianist and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Teacher:

Lama Döndrup has been practicing and studying in the Buddhist tradition since the mid-1990’s. 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 a traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of Lama Palden and Lama Drupgyu with the blessing of her root guru, Bokar Rinpoche and was authorized as a lama. Upon her return to Marin County, she began teaching at Sukhasiddhi Foundation. In January 2020, as Lama Palden’s successor, she stepped into the role of Resident Lama, guiding the Center’s ministerial work. Lama Döndrup’s teaching style is thorough and clear yet with light touch as she supports the natural unfolding of each student’s innate wisdom and compassion. She aims to preserve the authenticity of the tradition while making the teachings and practices relevant and accessible to the lives of 21st century Westerners. In addition to her Buddhist practice, Lama Döndrup trained in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.

She is an active classical pianist and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Hosting Community:

Sukhasiddhi Foundation is a spiritual center in the Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhist tradition that offers a guided path of embodied wisdom, compassion, and kindness, rooted in practices arising from the divine feminine that are relevant to life and the world today.

The heart of our offerings comes from the Shangpa lineage. This feminine lineage dates back to the 11th century; the time of two awakened Kashmiri women, Niguma and Sukhasiddhi. This lineage is historically non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, and its inclusive teachings are a stream that flows through all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The profound teachings of these awakened dakinis (teachers) are elegant and penetrate straight to the heart of the matter, making them an accessible, relevant, and efficacious method for engaging in the world today.

During the coronavirus pandemic all of our offerings are happening online.

The Hosting Community:

Sukhasiddhi Foundation is a spiritual center in the Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhist tradition that offers a guided path of embodied wisdom, compassion, and kindness, rooted in practices arising from the divine feminine that are relevant to life and the world today.

The heart of our offerings comes from the Shangpa lineage. This feminine lineage dates back to the 11th century; the time of two awakened Kashmiri women, Niguma and Sukhasiddhi. This lineage is historically non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, and its inclusive teachings are a stream that flows through all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The profound teachings of these awakened dakinis (teachers) are elegant and penetrate straight to the heart of the matter, making them an accessible, relevant, and efficacious method for engaging in the world today.

During the coronavirus pandemic all of our offerings are happening online.

Participants Share Their Experience:

KIMBERLY STEWART | I tried to learn all that I could through books and online videos for years. However, I hit a wall in my practice. I knew I needed more direction. I am grateful I found that at Sukhasiddhi Sundays. They are warm-hearted and kind people who are working on themselves for the better good. I am more emotionally balanced and perceive the world in a much more positive, healthy way now that I know how to better incorporate dharma practice into daily life. I have a clearer path to follow now, and I owe that to Sukhasiddhi.

JAGE SCHIFF | Sukhasiddhi Sundays have been tremendously valuable for sustaining my practice. Lama Döndrup’s comprehensive understanding of the dharma and her humor and grace in its explication are a gift.

SUZANNE LUCAS | My life is always being incredibly impacted by anything I study at Sukhasiddhi. I trust more and more in my basic goodness, and less in the waves of emotion and thought that historically have run the show! The teachers are authentic and dedicated, but very relaxed and engaging. The community is also very sincere and open-hearted. I’ve attended many different sanghas before coming to Sukhasiddhi, and I am so impressed with the level of dedication and sincerity of Sukhasiddhi’s teachers and students.

Participants Share Their Experience:

KIMBERLY STEWART | Sukhasiddhi means having teachers and community that are integral to learning the Dharma, and growing my practice. I tried to learn all that I could through books, and online videos for years. However, I hit a wall in my practice. I knew I needed more direction. I needed teachers and sangha. I am grateful I found that at Sukhasiddhi Sundays. I have been blown away by the things I have learned so far. The teachers and community of people that I have met so far are wonderful. They are warm-hearted and kind people who are working on themselves for the better good. I have learned so much and have gradually become more disciplined. I am more emotionally balanced and perceive the world in a much more positive healthy way now that I know how to better incorporate Dharma practice into daily life. I have a clearer path to follow now, and I owe that to Sukhasiddhi. I would recommend Sukhasiddhi Sundays to anyone who feels there is power to create a better life for themselves and others in the teachings of the Buddha.

JAGE SCHIFF | Sukhasiddhi Sundays have been tremendously valuable for sustaining my practice. Lama Döndrup’s comprehensive understanding of the dharma and her humor and grace in its explication are a gift.

SUZANNE LUCAS | Although I am involved in a long-term study program at Sukhasiddhi, there is so much that I don’t know! The Buddha-dharma is so vast and complex; I deeply appreciate the thought and care that the teachers put into creating relevant and meaningful content. I participate for the consistency and connection to both the community, content (dharma) and the teachers. My life is always being incredibly impacted by anything I study at Sukhasiddhi. I trust more and more in my basic goodness, and less in the waves of emotion and thought that historically have run the show! For anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism—whether they are new, or a more advanced practitioner—there is something to learn. The teachers are authentic and dedicated, but very relaxed and engaging. The community is also very sincere and open-hearted. I’ve attended many different sanghas before coming to Sukhasiddhi, and I am so impressed with the level of dedication and sincerity of Sukhasiddhi’s teachers and students.

“Lama Döndrup is such an amazing teacher, person and practitioner. Her presentations breathe life into the amazing lineage.”

“I really appreciate being able to participate online. I enjoy the combination of meditation, teaching, and practice.”

“I’m so grateful to have found this community and these teachers.”

“I love meeting such lovely people and I enjoy there are ways to participate and practice though I’m not yet an initiate or member.”

“Lama Döndrup is such an amazing teacher, person and practitioner. Her presentations breathe life into the amazing lineage.”

“I really appreciate being able to participate online. I enjoy the combination of meditation, teaching, and practice.”

“I’m so grateful to have found this community and these teachers.”

“I love meeting such lovely people and I enjoy there are ways to participate and practice though I’m not yet an initiate or member.”

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