Mudra Space Awareness: Embodying Ourselves Through Movement and Space

with Suzann Duquette

March 15 - 17, 2013

Mukpo Institute This program may be taken on its own or as part of the Mukpo Institute, a three-month residential program.

Unlock inherent confidence and create a radical shift in your mind-body relationship to space. This sensory awareness practice, Mudra Space Awareness or Mudra for short, combines intensive physical movements with focused awareness exercises to increase non-conceptual confidence in all aspects of life. Mudra was presented initially in the early 1970s as theater training, when gatherings included some of the foremost theater innovators of the time. Since then, this unique practice has been taught primarily in theater and education at Naropa University and as a support to sitting meditation practice. Mudra is an exploration of learning how to “be,” and this workshop will focus on bringing this experience into everything we do at work, home, and play.

Inspired by his training in Tibetan monastic dance, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced Mudra Space Awareness before he formally presented Vajrayana (tantric) teachings to his American students. Mudra means “gesture” and accesses qualities of the Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings of Tibetan Buddhism that dissolve distinctions between the sacred and profane aspects of experience. It is a precursor of Shambhala Art. Everyone is invited to participate in this workshop.

"The Vidyadhara's teachings on Mudra Space Awareness are one of Shambhala's hidden treasures. The cycle of exercises embody his creative genius in making the vajrayana teachings accessible and penetrating. He begins at the beginning-how to be in space-then takes us step by step through how to stand, walk, relate with things, and interact with people. So simple, yet so revealing! "
-Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Program begins at 7:30 Friday evening


To find out more about Mudra, please click here.


Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Patron Price: $360
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program and supports financial aid for other participants. 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.

Base Price: $300
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Please Note:
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.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.

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About Suzann Duquette

Suzann Duquette is a senior practitioner, teacher, and meditation instructor in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Suzann began her study of Mudra as part of the Berkeley Mudra Space Awareness Group in 1974. She now teaches Mudra as a dedicated program as well as a method within other teachings to access direct experience and heighten panoramic awareness. Former director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is currently core faculty for the Mukpo Institute of Karmê Chöling and also teaches Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout the United States and Canada.

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