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Shambhala Ritual Academy, Year Two

with Suzann Duquette & Andrea Doukas
February 22 / 12:00 PM - February 24 / 6:00 PM

Registration is now open for The Shambhala Ritual Academy Year 2

For those who have not attended Shambhala Ritual Academy 1, see below for important information regarding the possibility of completing prerequisites online before the February 22nd start date.

Shambhala Ritual Academy, Year Two, builds on the view of ritual and practices presented in the first International Shambhala Ritual Academy and presents teachings from the second International Academy with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in November 2016.  In these challenging times it feels especially potent to consider what our rituals mean to us and to explore how ritual practices can support us in times of adversity.  The weekend will provide space for listening and sharing, recognizing that some of us may find it challenging to relate with Shambhala ritual and the questions about hierarchy and lineage that may be coming up.  Together we could lean into whatever is arising on the spectrum of our experience.

Ritual Academy 2 focuses on embodiment and includes Mudra Space Awareness, taking the teachings to a deeper level. This academy also presents recent changes and developments of Shambhala ritual, and explores how to apply these both in one's daily life and in our Shambhala Centers. It offers continued training for those who wish to deepen their skills as umdzes or chöpöns and wish to make either of these an ongoing part of their practice path. Separate tracks will be devoted to refining these skills, as well as combined sessions to further our study of the Sacred World, Shambhala Ritual text. Shambhala Ritual Academy oaths and pins will be offered during the weekend for umdzes or chöpöns ready to make this commitment.

Who can attend?
Tantrikas who have completed Vajrayana Seminary with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or the Vajra Regent, or have attended Sacred World Assembly with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

You must also have completed Shambhala Ritual Academy, Year One; either the original RA1 in 2013 or a regional program such as the Ritual Academy in San Francisco in 2015, or the Shambhala Online version of RA1 which is available in order to fulfill this requirement (see further information below). In addition, a hands-on segment and, if needed, the lung for the Sacred World Shambhala Ritual text will be offered on Friday afternoon before the beginning of the weekend to complete the RA1 requirement.

If you have already attended either the second International Shambhala Ritual Academy in 2016 or one of the regional Shambhala Ritual Academy, Year Two, programs since 2016, you are eligible and warmly invited to join in this further exploration of ritual in Shambhala for a repeater price.

Please see the full list of prerequisites below.

Rupa Acharya, Suzanne DuquetteAbout Rupa Acharya, Suzann Duquette
Suzann is an Acharya, a senior teacher and representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has been a student, leader, and teacher in the Shambhala lineage since 1974. A former co-director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is currently Resident Acharya for the center and a core faculty member of Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. She is also Rupa Acharya. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining and fostering the sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala.

Acharya Duquette teaches widely. She respects the power of embodiment in bringing conceptual learning to manifestation, and emphasizes body awareness and disciplines in all her teaching. The Acharya is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong, a Lujong or Warrior Exercises instructor in the lineage of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rinpoche, and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they own a bed and breakfast, Blue Skies Guesthouse.

Andrea DoukousAbout Chöpön Corps Director, Andrea Doukas
A student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1973, Ms. Doukas has served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre and Director of the International Office of Practice and Education, and currently serves as Chöpön Corps Director. As well as extensive experience teaching and leading practice programs in the Shambhala Community, she has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick, and is currently working on her second novel.

Additional Information

Please pre-register as soon as possible. There will be no partial attendance.

At the time of registration, you will receive a survey link via email. It is vital that you submit your answers so that we have the proper materials on hand. You will be asked the following questions:

  • Did you attended Ritual Academy, Year 1 in person OR are now taking the Year 1 course online?

  • Will you be on the umdze track or on the chöpön track?

  • Have you received the Lung for the Sacred World Sacred Ritual text?

  • Do you need a copy of the Sacred World Shambhala Ritual text?

  • Have you received the Lung for Dharmaraja Guru Yoga?

  • Have you received the Lung for White Tara?

  • Are you a Werma practitioner?

  • Have you received Kurukulla Abhisheka?

  • Have you received formal instructions in Shambhala Meditation?

  • Any dietary restrictions or preferences

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Day for all participants is Friday, February 22, 2019.

If you will be taking a Shambhala Online Shambhala Ritual Academy 1 course as a prerequisite
Plan to arrive between 12-1 PM for registration. The Ritual Academy 1 segment of your training will be held from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Friday, February 22nd. All participants are invited to join the Ritual Academy 1 session on Friday afternoon.

If you have already attended RA 1
Plan to arrive between between 6-7 PM for registration. The program will begin at 7:30 PM.

The program will end around 6 PM on Sunday, February 24.

Attendance at the International or Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 1.


If you have not yet attended a Shambhala Ritual Academy 1:

  1. You have completed Vajrayana Seminary with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or the Vajra Regent, or have attended Sacred World Assembly with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

  2. You have finished at least the first 4 modules of either the umdze or chöpön Shambhala Online course, prior to February 22, 2019:

    Umdze Track Online Course
    Chöpön Track Online Course

You will attend a practicum/hands-on session on Friday, February 22, from 1:30 to 5:30 PM. This is to provide the hands-on training for those who take the SRA Year 1 online. The lung for Sacred World - Shambhala Ritual, will also be offered during this session for those who need it.

All three prerequisites are required.

Northern California Shambhala values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide several program price options. All prices will have a materials fee added on at the time of registration.

Patron Price: 0 (5 with materials fee)
Program Price: 0 (5 with materials fee)
Discount Price: 0 (5 with materials fee) We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program.
Repeater Price: ( with materials fee)

For finance questions, please contact Peggy Kass at peggykass2016 [at] gmail [dot] com

Materials Fee
The program prices listed above will have an additional materials fee of added at the time of registration.

Participants who wish to purchase the text Sacred World: Shambhala Ritual will be asked to pay the cost of the text (which is in addition to the materials fee) when they arrive at the program. Texts will be available only to those who have indicated in the survey that they will be purchasing a text.

Peggy Kass: peggykass2016 [at] gmail [dot] com

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