Victoria M Gallagher

Episode #54 – Lama Palden Drolma – Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy

Power of Your Mind Podcast Interview with Lama Palden Drolma – Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy

In Episode #54, I am talking with Lama Palden Drolma.

Lama Palden Drolma is the author of Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy. A licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in Fairfax, California. Visit her online at

We talked about:

  • Lama’s book, which is subtitled “Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy.”, what Tonglen Meditation is and how it works.
  • How she refers to the meditation she teaches in the book “Love on Every Breath”, whether it is a variation of Tonglen Meditation and how she came up with the name.
  • How the Love on Every Breath meditation gives us a process to engage in when we are aware of suffering.
  • Some “On the Spot” variations for each step of the meditation that can be used anywhere and everywhere.
  • The first step, which is “Resting in Open Awareness.”
  • The second step, “Seeking Refuge in Awakened Sanctuary”,  what an awakened sanctuary is and why is it important.
  • The third step, “Cultivating Awakened Mind” and what that looks like in the moment.
  • What other meditators are taking and sending as referenced in the fifth “Taking and Sending for Yourself” and sixth “Taking and Sending for Others” steps.
  • The role self-love plays in the Love on Every Breath meditation.
  • What the subtle body is and what it has to do with meditation.
  • How one of the benefits of the Love on Every Breath meditation is that it can crack open our hard shell of ego-clinging – and what that means.
  • And much more!

Lama’s Websites:

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