Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Bill Brauer

February 23 - May 10

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

Mukpo Institute students conduct a three-month investigation into the principles of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism. Students study and practice the fundamental meditation techniques of shamatha and vipashyana. Understanding and practicing these techniques is supplemented by studies of Buddhist philosophy of mind and consciousness. There are also opportunities for students to witness and practice traditional contemplative arts.

The heart of the Mukpo Institute semester is a month-long mindfulness retreat called dathün. During dathün, students apply mindfulness to all activities in addition to scheduled walking and sitting meditation sessions. Meals are taken in traditional Japanese monastic style; silence or mindful speech is observed; also mind-body disciplines are practiced.

The objective of the Mukpo Institute curriculum is to connect traditional wisdom teachings with students' present lives and real concerns. Our students arrive with diverse academic and professional backgrounds; the Institute respects and fosters this diversity. The curriculum, presented within the experience of living in a contemplative community, is ideal for all who wish to bring simplicity, clarity, and ultimately joy into their personal and professional lives.

For more information, please visit the Mukpo Institute website.

To Apply

To be accepted to the Mukpo Institute, one must first apply. Applications for Mukpo Institute are rolling and can be submitted at any time. Applicants will automatically be considered for the next semester unless otherwise indicated. Generally, applications submitted less than three weeks before the next semester will be considered for the following semester. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision within two weeks of receiving all application materials.

Special Housing Rate for Mukpo Students

The housing rates for Mukpo students are discounted from the regular rates listed on our accomodations page. The total housing fees are:

  • Dormitory Housing: $1890
  • Shared Room: $2520 
  • Private Room: $3780


This program requires pre-authorization in order to register. An authorization code will be included in your acceptance letter.


Program Fee: $3600

Financial Aid

Karmê Chöling offers interest-free payment plans, scholarships, and other financial assistance.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Acharya Suzann Duquette

Suzann is an Acharya, a senior teacher and representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  She 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. The Acharya 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.

About Shastri Bill Brauer

Shastri Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 40 years, and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He currently is a consultant for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback programs throughout North America. In 2010, Shastri Brauer was empowered as a Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has fulfilled this role by leading Way of Shambhala classes, Dathuns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and most recently Russia.

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