In the West, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
serves as temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala®, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. Continue reading…
Meditation master, scholar, best-selling author, translator, poet, and artist, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West. Continue reading…
Resident Karmê Chöling Teachers
Acharyas and Shastris are senior Shambhala teachers who have been appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Acharyas represent the Sakyong and the Shambhala lineage that he holds. They are chosen because of their knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to the Shambhala teachings. Shastris teach the Shambhala Buddhist programs and support the Shambhala leadership in building the community and strengthening the vision for compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.
At Karmê Chöling, the following teachers play an integral role in the vision for our programming and the community.
Acharya Suzann Duquette
Acharya Duquette has been a student, leader, and teacher in the Shambhala lineage since 1974. A former co-director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is currently Resident Acharya for the center and a core faculty member of Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. She is also Rupa Acharya. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining and fostering the sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala.
Acharya Duquette teaches widely. She respects the power of embodiment in bringing conceptual learning to manifestation, and emphasizes body awareness and disciplines in all her teaching. She is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong, a Lujong or Warrior Exercises instructor in the lineage of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rinpoche, and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they own a bed and breakfast, Blue Skies Guesthouse.