The Eight Worldly Dharmas (Concerns)
Seeing through the cycle of suffering
The eight worldly dharmas, or concerns, is a classification of the primary hopes and fears that we cycle through constantly trying to hold tight to pleasure and push away pain. This constant cycling is what is called samsara, and a great source of our suffering. In this one hour video, Lama Döndrup explains this cycle and how to begin to see through it.
This teaching was given in a daylong for the Dharma Training Program. If you would like to learn more about the program, click here.
Lama Döndrup is in profile in this video; we apologize for the quality of the video.
Lama Döndrup is the Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation overseeing the curriculum and offerings at Sukhasiddhi in collaboration with the lamas and dharma leaders on the teachers council. She has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty five 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 a traditional 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 Drolma as Resident Lama. Lama Döndrup is honored to guide students through all stages of the spiritual journey; helping them to feel confident in their own understanding of practices and teachings; and supporting the natural unfolding of their innate wisdom and compassion. In addition to her Buddhist training, Lama Döndrup trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.