Program Details

Leading from the Heart (part 2)

with Daniel Hessey & Susan Chapman
October 17 / 7:00 PM - October 19 / 6:00 PM

In Ruling Your World Sakyong Mipham describes how to raise a ruler when he describes his own education.

The teachings of Shambhala tell us how to establish peace and confidence. In the potential to discover basic goodness and to bring forth wisdom and compassion in our daily life, we all have what we need to become a sakyong—a Tibetan word that means "earth-protector." What we are protecting is the earth of our innate sanity.

If ruling our world stems from developing certainty in our sanity, how do we discover it? The Shambhala teachings instruct us to "put our mind of fearfulness in the cradle of loving-kindness."(p. 3)

… We are cultivating certainty in basic goodness and developing our noble qualities. When we are connected with basic goodness, it inspires our every breath, action, and thought. With the resulting brilliance and confidence, we can accomplish whatever we wish. This is how we rule our world. (p 6)


Leading from the Heart is a three-part program that brings together the wisdom of the I Ching, which speaks of “the virtuous leader” and the Shambhala teachings in their unique concern with creating a good human society. While it uses the language of leadership, it’s not limited by our idea of corporate management. The program explores what it means to live authentically from our tender-hearted wisdom: when we are bravely willing to be ordinary, full human beings, our emerging good lives will also benefit others.

Leading from the Heart is a three-part program that focuses on restoring the human element to our organizational systems based upon the wisdom of the I Ching.

Part 1 in March explored three qualities of a virtuous leader: primary knowing; abiding in uncertainty; and seeing organizational ecology.

This second weekend looks at the language of the heart — how the I Ching can take us beyond our conventional perspective to understand vulnerability and emotional tenderness as keys to living genuinely. Each workshop in this series can be taken independently or you can take all three together as a group.

Each of us is challenged to work in a society that is not organized around human goodness, and therefore creates unnecessary suffering. This unique workshop is based on Acharya Susan Chapman's book The Five Keys to Mindful Communication, drawn from the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, and Acharya Dan Hessey’s translation of the ancient Chinese classic, the I Ching, as a manual of leadership and societal integration.

 (no prerequisite)

These two teachers each bring a lifetime of experience and study to make these profound traditions available in this unique approach to interpersonal communication, living genuinely, and organizational development.

Author and Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman is a licensed marital and family therapist who brings expertise in western relationship psychology together with the wisdom of meditation practice.  She spent ten years working with domestic violence as program director for a battered women’s shelter in Colorado and as clinical director for a counseling center in Alaska. She became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 and later was appointed Shastri, or senior student, by his dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She and her husband Jerry founded the Juneau Alaska Shambhala Centre and later completed a three-year retreat. Between 2002 and 2008 they served as retreat leaders at Gampo Abbey under the mentorship of Pema Chödrön. After moving back to Vancouver, Susan started her business which focuses on workshops and training in mindful communication. She is on the faculty of Karuna Institute in Cologne, Germany.


Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the US and South America. Since 2004, he has studied the I Ching with Eva Wong, a Taoist Qigong lineage holder and translator of classical Chinese texts. Dan is also a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center. He is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time he plays jazz standards haltingly on his guitar. He is currently employed as a residential mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado.

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.


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.

$250 for non-members / $225 for members of the Shambhala Meditation centre.

Note: This schedule, like life, is subject to change. If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.


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