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The Lineage of Shambhala: Exploring our Buddhist and Shambhala Roots

with Suzann Duquette
November 9 / 9:00 AM - November 9 / 5:00 PM

Shambhala as an organization is relatively new, but it is rooted in the ancient Asian wisdom tradition of Shambhala and two major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Kagyü and Nyingma.

In this day-long program we will explore how the Shambhala lineage and teachings are unique and also inseparable from the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. We will look at the foundation for the Shambhala Lineage, as presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and discuss how Shambhala and Buddhist vows can support a wakeful and compassionate life and spiritual path. The day will include sitting meditation, embodiment exercises, contemplation, and discussion. The program is open to everyone.


Suzann Duquette has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for thirty-five years. In 1976 she took bodhisattva vows with the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and joined the Dorje Kasung, the largest service organization of Shambhala. She is currently is Resident Acharya at Karmê Chöling, where she teaches and consults in the area of practice and education. 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.

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