Vajrayana Weekthun with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

  • Seattle Shambhala Center Seattle Shambhala Center
  • 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Mar 24 - 30, 2018 (7 days)
  • $500 Program Price, $600 Patron Price, Pay what you can afford (enter your amount in registration)

About This Event

Radiant Confidence and Clan - A Ngondro and Werma Sadhana Practice and Study Retreat

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has especially emphasized the importance and power of group vajrayana practice. Radiant Confidence and Clan - A Ngondro and Werma Sadhana Practice and Study Retreat, is an opportunity to pursue our individual practice and also connect, be, study, work, and celebrate with each other as clan.

This practice intensive is for new and seasoned vajrayana practitioners. Come to practice and study together as Shambhala vajrayana practitioners. All levels of Scorpion Seal practitioners are invited. The retreat will start each morning with formless meditation and Qigong in the lineage of Dr. Eva Wong. We will also have some breakout sessions. Two practice sessions each day will be enriched by complementary practices, including Dharmaraja Guru Yoga, Shambhala vajrayana view talks and videos, study, stroke practice, and time to enjoy. Full retreat and smaller breakout groups will form to address specific issues and practices, and individual meditation interviews will be available. Participants are welcome to bring Shambhala Dzokchen by Sakyong Miupham Rinpoche if you have it.

This retreat fulfills one week of the “land center” group retreat requirement for Primordial Rigden ngondro and Werma Sadhana practice plus individual practice requirements.

Rupa Archarya Suzann Duquette has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for thirty-five years, beginning with the first summer session of The Naropa Institute. She 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.

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.

Prerequisites: Vajrayana Seminary (Sacred World Assembly).

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Our Generosity Policy: In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a "pay what you can afford" policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can afford (to arrange for this, please contact us at For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price". If you would like to make an additional donation to provide for others you can make a donation through the donation page (in the comment field, please indicate donation supporting 2017 Vajrayana weekthun). Your generosity in offering the patron price and donations helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

Registration: When registering, you'll have the opportunity to pay online through PayPal (or by credit card), which greatly simplifies the process for us.  For further details, see our Program Policies and FAQs page.

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