Regional Ritual Academy II

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Halifax Shambhala Centrer will host a Second Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy August 31-September 2, 2018. This program will present an opportunity to further our understanding of the view of ritual presented by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at the first International Shambhala Ritual Academy. In November 2016, the Sakyong gave further teachings at the Second International Shambhala Ritual Academy held in Boulder, initiating a second cycle of regional academies. 


This academy will offer these powerful teachings from the Sakyong, deepen our view, offer hands-on training, emphasize recent developments of Shambhala ritual, and discuss how to apply these teachings in one's daily life and in our Shambhala Centers. 


Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy II offers continued training for those who wish to deepen their skills and practice path as umdzes or chöpöns. Separate umdze and chöpön tracks will be devoted to refining our skills and working with specific sadhana practices. The entire assembly will meet together to further our study of the Sacred World, Shambhala Ritualtext, particularly focusing on offerings of body, speech and mind. Shambhala Ritual Academy oaths and pins will be offered during the weekend for those ready to make a commitment to serving our mandala as an umdze or chöpön.


Faculty for the Academy is Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Chöpön Corps Director Andrea Doukas, and Umdze Corps Director Timothy Quigley


If you have attended either the first International Shambhala Ritual Academy or one of the first regional Shambhala Ritual Academy weekends since 2013, you are eligible and warmly invited to join in this further exploration of ritual in Shambhala. Vajrayana practitioners who would like to participate in the weekend but have not attended the first Shambhala Ritual Academy can satisfy this requirement by? taking? the first academy class, available from Shambhala Online at a low cost. The hands-on component of the first Ritual Academy class will be offered Friday afternoon, August 31. You will receive the link? to the Shambhala Online course once you register for Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2. Everyone who has attended the first academy is also welcome to attend the Friday afternoon training session.?




1-5pm Pre-req Catch Up (For those with no previous academy experience)

7-9pm Welcome and Opening Talk


8:30am Arrival

9am -12:30 Morning Session

2:30pm-6pm Afternoon Session

6:30pm Shambhala Sadhana Feast


9-12:30pm Morning Session

2-3:30pm Final Session

3:30 Reception!




**If you have not yet attended a regional ritual academy:**

1. You must 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. Complete the first 4 Modules of your relevent track (Umdze Track or Chöpön Track) on Shambhala Online, prior to August 31. 


3. You must attend a practicum/hands-on session on Friday, August 31 from 1:00p - 5:00p. This is to provide the hands-on training for those who are taking SRA Year 1 online. The lung for Sacred World: Shambhala Ritual text, will also be offered during this same time period if anyone needs it. 

All three prerequisites are needed to attend this academy.



There will be a materials fees for those receiving pins and the text. We will be in touch regarding these materials prior to the program.

There will be heart gifts for our teachers offered for this program.


Please pre-register as soon as possible. This program will likely have a waitlist. Completing the registration process with a payment will reserve your spot. Partial attendance is not permitted.

When registering, please indicate in the comments:

Which track you’re taking: Umdze or Chöpön

Have you met the prerequisites? Yes or No

Have you received the Sacred World text? Yes or No


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