An Introduction to Vajrayana
And the student-teacher relationship
In this 1.5-hour video, Lama Döndrup provides an overview of the Vajrayana path, a precise and profound spiritual technology that is based on lineage—a living stream of teaching, designed to take students from the gross level of mind to the most subtle levels. Serious Vajrayana students require a strong relationship with a teacher to help make it through the issues and questions that come up along the way, and this teaching discusses the student-teacher relationship at various points. This is an important teaching for anyone currently or interested in studying and practicing Vajrayana.
Lama Döndrup gave this teaching as part of the Dharma Training Program, which is referred to in the video. If you would like more information on the program, click here.
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.