Program Details

Shambhala Ritual Academy


with Suzann Duquette & Walker Blaine & Andrea Doukas
April 25 / 12:00 AM - April 27 / 12:00 AM


Now open to Shambhala Vajrayana Umdzes and Chöpöns



Previously restricted to Werma Sadhana practitioners, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche wishes to invite all Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners (those who have attended Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary) who have already or wish to make umdze or chöpön training a major part of their ongoing practice path to attend these regional trainings.



The Shambhala Ritual Academy is a major step in exploring the role of ritual in attracting drala and strengthening Shambhala culture. As the Sakyong has said, the training of umdzes and chöpöns  is essential to this next step. Karmê Chöling will host the first of several regional Shambhala Ritual academies. At the end of this cycle of training, the Sakyong will preside over an international Shambhala Ritual Academy. Attendance at one of these trainings will be a pre-requisite to attend that training.



The regional Shambhala Ritual academies will explore a vaster view and refresh the skills of being a chöpön or umdze. The curriculum is based on the teachings presented by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at the inaugural Shambhala Ritual Academy. The program will include joint sessions and practices, recordings from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s talks at the first Academy, study of a text on ritual written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and separate teaching tracks for umdzes and chöpöns. 



Participants will return home having contemplated ritual forms as methods to invoke drala in order to establish enlightened society. In this way, all Shambhala centers and regions will benefit from the training and experience of this weekend, and are encouraged to send a representative.



The Inaugural Shambhala Ritual Academy led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche took place in October at Marpa House in Boulder, attended by fifty experienced chopons and umdzes. Read the Shambhala Time's article by Frank Iglehart and Andrea Doukas.



The program begins on at 7:30pm on April 25th and ends at about 6pm on March 27.



Materials fee is $48.



Special rate for those who attended the inaugural Shambhala Ritual Academy: $200

Go to Karme Choling's website