Program Details

Regional Ritual Academy

with Suzann Duquette & Andrea Doukas
December 12 / 7:30 PM - December 14 / 5:00 PM

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. The Atlanta Shambhala Center will host one of the first 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.


Materials fee is required.

Special rate for those who attended the inaugural Shambhala Ritual Academy.


Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners who are an umdze or chöpön, or wish to make umdze or chöpön training a major part of their ongoing practice path.

The next few academies will be held regionally, and attendance at one of these will be a pre-requisite for applying to an international academy with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to be scheduled in the next year or two.


Our Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price." Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

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