Susan Chapman

Acharya 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."

Teaching Schedule


Sep 19 - 29 Baltimore Five Keys to Mindful Communication
Sep 22 - 24 Baltimore Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
Sep 26 - 28 Baltimore Rigden Weekend
Oct 16 Toronto Moments of Truth, Snap Shots of Love
Oct 17 - 21 Toronto Leading from the Heart w/Acharya Dan Hessey
Oct 25 - 26 Bellingham, WA Maitri Space Awareness weekend
Nov 8 - 18 Kooteney, NS Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
Nov 29 - 30 Victoria, BC Mindful Communication Workshop / Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows
Dec   Personal & Family Retreat


Jan 15 - 23 Ohio Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
Jan 23 - 25 Lexington, KY Rigden Weekend
Feb (pending) Vancouver, BC Ritual Academy
Feb 13 - 15 Northern California Karuna Training
Feb 16 - 28 & Mar   Book Retreat
Mar 13 - 15 Milwaukee Karuna Training
Mar 29 - Apr 10 (pending) Acharya Retreat
May 29 - Jun 3 Toronto Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
Jun 5 - 7 Toronto Leading from the Heart (Part Three)
Jun (pending) Langley, BC Five Keys Workshop
Jul (pending)   Scorpion Seal Retreat (pending)
Aug (pending) Berkeley, CA Weekthun Retreat (pending)
Oct 23 - Nov 1 Germany Karuna programs and faculty retreat
Oct 16 - 18 Dublin Five Keys to Mindful Communication
Nov (pending) Nelson Ashe Mahamudra Retreat (pending)
Dec   Family Retreat


Past Topics
Vajrayana programs
Shambhala Vows



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