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.
To contact Acharya Duquette, send email to [email protected]
|Meditation Retreats: Dathun and weekthun, with Shambhala Meditation: Werma and Ngondro Intensives|
|Daoist Qigong Levels I II & III, as authorized by Dr Eva Wong|
|Shambhala Training: Unconditional Confidence: RIgden Weekend and Warrior Assembly|
|Training: Shambhala Ritual Academy|
|Art of War weekedns|
|Mudra Space Awareness, as taught by the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche|
|Warrior Exercises (Lujong), as taught by Kenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
Shambhala Yoga, as taught by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
|The Art of War — A New Translation by Sun Tzu Translation, Essays, an Commentary by The Denma Translation Group|