Program Details

Rigden Weekend


with Suzann Duquette
December 13 / 7:00 PM - December 15 / 6:30 PM

The Way of Shambhala I culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, rigdens were enlightened rulers - those who could rule their world based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. With the great problems now facing human society, we need to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world. This weekend emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the world's challenges and includes a formal transmission of windhorse practice. The Rigden Weekend also includes the opportunity to take the Shambhala Vow and receive a Shambhala Name. The Shambhala Vow is an acknowledgement and proclamation that basic goodness is the essential nature of humanity. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Level V and all of the "Everyday Life" Way of Shambhala Courses, which culminates in Wisdom in Everyday Life.  Alternatively attendees can meet the prerequisites through completion of the Sacred Path program and some introductory Buddhist classes. If you do not meet these prerequisites, but want to seek permission to attend, please email pvshambhala@gmail.com and the appropriate person will contact you. Cost of the program includes a $25 materials fee. An opportunity to contribute a heart gift donation for the Acharya will be offered.


NOTE: Friday is an evening program, but required Shambhala name interviews are to be scheduled individually during the day on Friday between 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  These are short, 10-minute interviews.  Once you have registered you will be contacted to set up individual name interviews.  Please contact us if you are unable to be available for a brief interview on Friday, and we will see what can be arranged.


About Acharya Suzann Duquette: Suzann Duquette became a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1974, and has taught in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for more than 30 years. She is former co-director of Karmê Chöling, where she now serves as Resident Acharya (Senior Teacher) and core faculty for Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has also appointed her to the position of Rupa Acharya. In this post, she is responsible for strengthening and furthering the Shambhala lineage in the areas of sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms. Acharya Duquette respects the power of body awareness in manifesting what we learn conceptually, and emphasizes body discipline training in her teaching. She is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they run Blue Skies Guesthouse, a local B&B.

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