Program Details

Mudra Space Awareness

with Suzann Duquette
April 12 / 12:00 AM - April 16 / 12:00 AM

The legacy of Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche holds many contemplative methods for taming and training our wandering minds, directing us towards gentleness and helping us to uncover our basic nature of goodness, spaciousness and creativity.

Mudra Space Awareness gives us an opportunity to grow and evolve by helping us to connect our innate compassion and express it in the world. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche originally offered this series of physical exercises to theater performers as a tool for researching how “self” arises from space. From that understanding, we can learn how to develop a proper communication with reality and act in accord with situations.

The Mudra approach offered in this program combines group work with self-revelation, improvisation and laughter. It is a playful rebellion from the traps of ego and a recognition that each of us is our own Mudra.

Throughout the program, you can expect periods of sitting meditation interspersed with formalized exercises working with body and mind. There will be improvisations in how to channel fearlessness and remain flexible to changing situations. We will also work with methods aimed at enhancing awareness of perception, sound and speech created by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

"The Vidyadhara's teachings on Mudra Space Awareness are one of Shambhala's hidden treasures. The cycle of exercises embody his creative genius in making the vajrayana teachings accessible and penetrating. He begins at the beginning-how to be in space-then takes us step by step through how to stand, walk, relate with things, and interact with people. So simple, yet so revealing! "

-Ashe Acharya John Rockwell


Defined literally as "gesture," mudra refers to the central issue of theatre, broadly defined to include performance art, dance, bodywork, music, visual arts and design principles. Developed by Chögyam Trungpa in the 1970s, the mudra space awareness exercises are a collaboration of Tibetan monastic dance and theatre improvisation aimed at developing presence and authenticity. Since then this rigorous practice has become a ground for many disciplines in fields such as psychology, teacher training and eldercare as well as providing insight into how to lead a mindful life.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving 3-6pm on April 12, 2019 to check in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. April 16, 2019 is departure day; you are free to leave anytime.

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