Being Brave: A Shambhala Retreat
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
May 22 - 27, 2012
"In a speedy and aggressive culture, we need different principles to live by—bravery and insight. The first moment of bravery is building trust in the mind, which we do in meditation. When we know how to create peace in our own mind, we can transform the world."
—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Join Sakyong Mipham and senior Shambhala teachers Adam Lobel, Suzann Duquette and Ethan Nichtern for five powerful days of teachings, meditation, and discussion. New and experienced meditators are warmly invited to this gathering at Karmê Chöling Retreat Centre in Vermont, where we’ll discover ways to change the world by changing our minds.
"Transforming our world is about how we live our everyday lives."
—Senior teacher Adam Lobel
Youth Offer: For those who are under the age of 30 and cannot afford our regular rates, we are offering a Youth Special of $195. This price includes tuition, meals and shrineroom floor accommodations.
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Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
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Full Program Fee: $798
This price covers Karmê Chöling's actual operational cost for the program. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.
Discounted Program Fee: $630
This price reflects Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. The operational costs for this program not covered by program fees come from donations.
Price includes meals but not accommodations.
It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.
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About Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, is unique in that he bridges two worlds. He grew up in both the East and the West. The eldest son of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was instrumental in bringing Buddhism to the West, he holds the Mukpo family lineage, descending from the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, who is revered in Tibet as an emanation of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. He is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and is spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. He is the lineage holder of Naropa University.
About Acharya Adam Lobel
Acharya Adam Lobel has lived and studied Buddhism in monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India. A close student of the Sakyong, he traveled with Rinpoche on his 2001 trip to Tibet. Acharya Lobel was one of the co-editors of Turning the Mind into an Ally and has been responsible for creating meditation programs based on this book. He is a recent father and lives with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Acharya Lobel is currently pursuing graduate studies in Buddhism at the Harvard Divinity School.
About Acharya Suzann Duquette
Suzann Duquette became a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1974, and has taught in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for more than 30 years. She is former co-director of Karmê Chöling, where she now serves as Resident Acharya (Senior Teacher) and core faculty for Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has also appointed her to the position of Rupa Acharya. In this post, she is responsible for strengthening and furthering the Shambhala lineage in the areas of sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms. Acharya Duquette respects the power of body awareness in manifesting what we learn conceptually, and emphasizes body discipline training in her teaching. She is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they run Blue Skies Guesthouse, a local B&B.
About Shastri Ethan Nichtern
Ethan Nichtern is a lifelong Shambhalian and a Shastri, senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the senior teacher in residence for the NY Shambhala community. He is the author of the novel Your Emoticons Won't Save You and the nonfiction book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence. He is also the founder of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.