Program Details

Emotions, Wisdom and the Sanity of the Present Moment


with Susan Chapman
March 6 / 7:00 PM - March 6 / 9:00 PM

Visiting teacher, Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman, is the author of the acclaimed book The Five Keys for Mindful Communication and a senior teacher (Acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Ms. Gillis Chapman is an authorized teacher of contemplative psychotherapy, which she has studied for forty years. She is on the faculty of Karuna Training, in Europe and is a licensed (retired) family therapist in Vancouver, BC. In her talk, she will introduce the topic of contemplative psychology and sign copies of her book.


First introduced at Naropa University in the early 1970s by the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, contemplative psychology was founded in collaboration with leading western psychiatrists and psychologists who were inspired by the therapeutic and clinical implications of the Shambhala and Tantric Buddhist teachings in working with others. Contemplative Psychology is now the pre-eminent psychology in North America and Europe mixing the wisdom and skillful means of Buddha nature and inherent healthiness with ordinary situations of helping others.


To read more about Ms. Gillis Chapman’s book and her teachings, please visit: 



Acharya is a Sanskrit word that means teacher. It refers to individuals that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has empowered to represent him and the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages he holds. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche chose these individuals because of their knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to the confluence of teachings found in Shambhala.


Acharyas travel to Shambhala Meditation Centers to lead dharma programs and perform Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow ceremonies for those who would like to commit themselves to the Buddhist path. Some have selected certain teachings to be their main focus (such a Maitri, Death & Dying, etc.).


Registration: Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.  If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of the program.


Like life, this schedule is subject to change.

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