The Joyful Snow Lion: Patience
with Suzann Duquette
June 2 / 10:00 AM - June 2 / 12:00 PM
SF Shambhala is pleased to join with Shambhala Online to offer a series of Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by the Shambhala acharyas. (An acharya is a senior teacher in the Shambhala community.) Each teaching will take place at the SF Shambhala Center and replace our regularly-scheduled Sunday Morning Sit. We will connect online, along with the global community, to participate in these live-streamed events.
The Joyful Snow Lion: The Paramitas
This series of classes includes an exploration of bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas. In Buddhism, bodhicitta, or "enlightenment-mind", is the striving towards awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Paramita is a Sanskrit word that can be literally translated as “arrive on the other side or shore”. By practicing the paramitas we work towards overcoming our negative destructive emotions, transcending suffering, and seeing the true nature of things. Practicing the paramitas helps us to be of benefit to the world.
Each class will include a live discussion led by one of the Acharyas as well as suggesting readings and books to deepen our understanding of these teachings. You will also be given contemplation exercises to help you integrate these fundamental teachings into your daily life.
Acharya Suzann Duquette has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for thirty-five years, beginning with the first summer session of The Naropa Institute. In 1974, she joined Berkeley Dharmadhatu and the Mudra Space Awareness group practicing there, and took refuge. In 1976 she took bodhisattva vows with the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and joined the Dorje Kasung, the largest service organization of Shambhala, whose members train to provide hospitality and protection for teachers, the teachings, and the community of practitioners. While in Berkeley, Suzann worked for Shambhala Booksellers and Grantspeople, Inc., a nonprofit organization offering training in grant proposal writing.
Suzann accepted the position of Resource Development Director for The Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) and moved to Boulder in 1977. During the next several years, she lived in Boulder and Washington, D.C., pursuing her career in university fundraising and volunteering as a member of the Dorje Kasung. She attended Vajradhatu Seminary and Kalapa Assembly in 1979.
Acharya Duquette has been a leader in the sangha since 1984, when she was appointed Dapön, a senior rank in the Dorje Kasung. She has enjoyed working with and learning from Dorje Kasung around the world through a number of positions, including as Gesar Arm Commander, a post she held for 10 years, and as a member of the Dorje Kasung Command Group. She is also a member of Denma Translation Group, whose work resulted in publishingThe Art of War – A New Translation in 2001.
Suzann was Co-Director of Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center in Barnet, Vermont, from 1995 to early 2001. She accepted this post at the request of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche who predicted, “It will be good for you.” This proved to be profoundly true. Karmê Chöling is well known for deepening practice and study, and for providing training in working with others and in community. As Director, Suzann mentored leaders and strengthened the organizational structure and physical plant. When Suzann stepped down as Director, the Sakyong instructed her to do a month-long retreat, which led to a number of long retreats that year.
Acharya Duquette respects the power of body awareness in manifesting Shambhala Buddhism, and emphasizes body discipline training in her teaching. See list of teaching topics below.
She is currently is Resident Acharya at Karmê Chöling, where she teaches and consults in the area of practice and education. She is core faculty of the Mukpo Institute of Karme Choling and holds several volunteer positions, including Karmê Chöling Council member and Expansion Co-chair. She is also Trustee for Tagtrug Mukpo. With her husband Jan Enthoven, Karmê Chöling’s Master Gardener, Suzann also owns and runs Blue Skies Guesthouse, a nearby bed and breakfast.
On Shambhala Day 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche designated Acharya Duquette as Rupa Acharya. In this position, she is responsible for strengthening and furthering the Shambhala lineage in the areas of sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms. The Rupa Acharya furthers consistent view and deep training in the outer and inner forms of Shambhala ceremonies and liturgies, including chants, and oversees umdze and choppön training.
A Year of Deepening in Compassion
This series is part of a full year of teachings that are divided into four seasonal themes, with a new course beginning every three months. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion group for each season.
Schedule for the live sessions and talks
The Joyful Snow Lion: Generosity
with Acharya Marty Janowitz
This will be preceded by a short recorded intro talk with Acharya Chapman.
The Joyful Snow Lion: Discipline
with Acharya Susan Chapman
The Joyful Snow Lion: Patience
with Acharya Suzann Duquette
The Joyful Snow Lion: Exertion
with Acharya Moh Hardin
The Joyful Snow Lion: Live Group Discussion
led by the Acharyas
Samadhi and Course Conclusion
led by Acharya John Rockwell
9:30 AM Registration
10 AM Online presentation
12 Noon Community socializing and tea
*Sliding Scale to
Nobody turned away for lack of funds
*Paying a higher amount will help subsidize those who are not able to make a financial contribution.
Preregistration and online payment is strongly encouraged.