Program Details

Brilliant Tenderness: Arousing The Warrior's Heart

with Susan Chapman
December 26 / 9:00 AM - January 1 / 4:00 PM

Open hearts, kindness and care––these are our most precious gifts.
~Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle


Human beings need rest and space to be happy. In the Buddhist meditation tradition, we practice sitting still to offer space to ourselves, inside and out, and also to those we love and work with.

Join us for a week of letting go of projects, worries, and regrets to create space for yourself through practicing non-attainment in sitting and walking meditation. In meditation practice, we return to being present to our body and mind with every breath; in this way we touch the center of our life.

This week-long sitting meditation intensive (or Weekthun) includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation, Dharma talks and practice instructions, two meetings with a meditation instructor (for those attending the full week), and morning and evening Shambhala Buddhist chants.

Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners are invited to group practice in the Tantra Shrine Room.

Full participation in this retreat fulfills one week of the Dathun practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Acharya Susan ChapmanAcharya Susan Chapman has been a student of Shambhala since 1974. She has an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She has one grown child. With her husband Jerry she founded the Juneau Shambhala Center and later completed Gampo Abbey's three year retreat, where she went on to serve as druppon "retreat leader" for six more years.

After moving back to Vancouver, Susan started a business which offers workshops and training in mindful communication, and is on the faculty of Karuna Training, teaching twice yearly in Europe. She was empowered as a Shastri in 2010. In April she published her book, The five Keys to Mindful COmmunication. The Sakyong gave her the acharya name Jinlap Wangmo "Blessing Lady."

We are currently accepting names for the waiting list. Registration is currently full, and we are gathering more staff so that we can open to a larger group. If you are interested in attending, please contact Arelly arela [dot] pineda [at] gmail [dot] com and let her know what days you would like to participate. We will do everything possible to accommodate you. 

Full Week Sliding Scale $350 to $500
Per Day Sliding Scale $50 to $75

If you wish to attend only a portion of the retreat, please register at the link below. We will contact you about which days you are planning to attend and payment. 

Membership discounts apply.
For financial aid or work-study please contact volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Arelly arela [dot] pineda [at] gmail [dot] com for questions about the program or housing during the retreat. 

Visit Acharya Chapman's website, Green Zone Communications.

Watch video excerpts from Acharya Chapman teaching an online class. 



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