Program Details

Community Mahayana Retreat


with Susan Chapman & David Kahane
January 20 / 10:00 AM - January 20 / 5:00 PM

A retreat for those new to Mahayana view and practice as well as old hands. We will explore how the mind of meditation opens us to the experience of others, enabling us to be and act differently. The day will include sitting, practicing tonglen and maitri bhavana, discussion, teachings, and snacks.


Lunch will be potluck: please bring whatever you like.


The retreat will be taught by Shastri David Kahane, and Acharya Susan Chapman will join us for part of the day by live video.


The retreat is open to all who practice with us at the Edmonton Shambhala Centre, and to those who wish to travel from other Shambhala groups and centres.


Generosity Policy


The Edmonton Shambhala Centre has a generosity policy, which welcomes all participants regardless of ability to pay. If the specified fee is beyond what you can afford we encourage you to pay whatever you can afford. Simply indicate this amount in the Comment field when you register.


What is the Patron Price?


Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the patron price option.  By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program.


Heart Gift


At the end of the retreat we will welcome heart gifts: an opportunity, if you feel inspired, to offer an anonymous donation to the teacher. If you're not inspired or able to offer a donation, you can simply offer written words of thanks or good wishes.


About the teachers


Acharya Susan Chapman has been a student of Shambhala since 1974 and is the author of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication. She has an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She has one grown child. With her husband Jerry she founded the Juneau Shambhala Center and later completed Gampo Abbey’s three year retreat, where she went on to serve as druppon “retreat leader” for six more years. After moving back to Vancouver, Susan started a business which offers workshops and training in mindful communication, and is on the faculty of Karuna Training, teaching twice yearly in Europe. 


Shastri David Kahane is the senior teacher at the Edmonton Shambhala Centre. He has been practicing then teaching in the Shambhala community since 2008, and was Centre Director from 2014-2017. He is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of Alberta specializing in democratic deliberation, public involvement, and systems change, and has won a bunch of awards (including a couple of national ones) for his university teaching. He has a nine year old son, Solomon, and tends a permaculture food forest in the river valley.

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