5-Week Online Shambhala Ritual Academy Series: Lineage as the Heart of Ritual

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas

June 20 - July 18


This five-week series is available for all those who attend the online Shambhala Ritual Academy presentation, Empowering Lineage and Ritual in Our Household, offered by Karmê Chöling on May 23, 2020, and all Shambhala Ritual Academy graduates.  

If you are a tantrika and have not attended Shambhala Ritual Academy Year 1 and cannot attend on May 23, please register with Shambhala Online to take Shambhala Ritual Academy Year 1. This will enable you to participate in this five-week series. You may register for the umdze track here or the chöpön track here.

The five-week series may be taken as a package, which includes a discount price, or as individual sessions.

Each session will be 90 minutes, beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Session One
Saturday, June 13    Online Embodiment: How to Umdze Online – Umdze Corps Director Timothy Quigley

Exploring the subtle nuances of creating an online practice environment, we will look at how to umdze online chanting and practices. Zoom meetings can sometimes feel like a  disconnected, flat or one dimensional experience. By engaging in embodied presence, voice exercises, and our physical environment, we will cultivate skills that transform online meetings into something truly meaningful and alive.

Registration for Session One has closed.

Session Two
Saturday, June 20    The Living Lineage Holder, the Lineage, the Deity, the Practitioner – Walker Blaine, Master of Liturgies to the Sakyong

Does imaginarily fostering a connection with a living teacher empower our practice when we are unable to see or meet with them? What is the relationship between ourselves and the historical and semi-mythical figures in our chants and iconography? How do we invoke the magic of the lineage when we are on our own? During this session we will practice and explore the relationship between what is human in ourselves, in the lineage holders, and in the deities through stories and discussion of shrines, offerings, and chants.   

Registration for Session Two has closed.

Session Three
Saturday, June 27   Practice Session  Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

Acharya Duquette will offer remarks on the chants and offer a practice session with those  practices done during Empowering Lineage and Ritual in Our Households. This session is available and free to everyone who attended the May 23 program.

Registration for Session Three has closed.

Session Four
Saturday, July 11   Integrating Ritual into our Everyday Lives – Umdze Corps Director Timothy Quigley

Engaging in ritual can become a seamless part of our daily lives. Through cultivating a relationship with daily chants, connecting with the lineage, and making offerings, we can strengthen and support all our activities so that we can “be cheerful in the morning, kind in the afternoon and inspired in the evening."

We will also explore how to integrate practice instructions given by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for this time. 

Registration for Session Four has closed.

Session Five
Saturday, July 18  Inviting Drala Into Our Homes – Chöpön Corps Director Andrea Doukas

The idea of Shambhala household is that from the portal of our meditation room, we can invite drala into every aspect of our lives - both by making offerings, and by transforming our own attitude toward the magic of our world. We will discuss shrine room offerings, kitchen shrines, indoor and outdoor lhasangs at home, and generally cultivating an environment that invites drala.

Registration for Session Five will close at 5pm on Friday, July 17.


Must have attended the online Shambhala Ritual Academy presentation, Empowering Lineage and Ritual in Our Household, offered by Karmê Chöling on May 23, 2020, or be a Shambhala Ritual Academy graduate.

All registrations must be paid in full 24 hours in advance of in order to recieve the Zoom link to participate in each session.  The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the evening before the program.

In order to streamline your registration and payment process, please pay in full at the time of registration.



Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
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If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

Suzann Duquette has been a student, leader and teacher in Shambhala for 45 years. Appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Rupa, or Form, Acharya, a key aspect of her work is developing and teaching Shambhala Ritual Academy with other core faculty throughout the sangha and online. Her work with the Ritual and Form Group of the Rupa Acharya also contributes to ritual education in Shambhala. This training program as well as other Academy programs are designed to create a community of strong and vital Shambhala umdzes and chöpöns. As Werma Acharya, Suzann leads selected Scorpion Seal meditation retreats. She also teaches Daoist-Qigong in the lineage of Dr. Eva Wong and Mudra Space Awareness, as presented by the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Suzann is currently Resident Acharya at Karmê Chöling. She and her husband, Jan Enthoven, run a B&B in Barnet, Vermont.

About Walker Blaine

Walker Blaine has studied and practiced in the Shambhala tradition for 35 years. For the last ten years, his primary focus in the community has been background support of the Shambhala path through composition of practice instructions, program support, transcription coordination, Tibetan translation work, and caring for the texts and instructions of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Walker’s ebook, The Great River of Blessings, an account of the Rinchen Terdzö received by the Sakyong in the winter of 2008-2009, can be downloaded here. His two CDs of Buddhist music can be sampled on iTunes. In 2016 he premiered a five-act Shambhala comedy, Norbu and the Mystery of the Missing Ratna. He lives with his wife Patricia and their son Griffin Arrow in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Walker is currently writing a book on the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

About Timothy Quigley

Timothy Quigley has been a student in the Shambhala lineage since 1991. Mr. Quigley recently served as the Interim Executive Director and Director of Practice and Education for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. He currently serves as the Director of the Umdze Corps and is part of the core faculty for Shambhala Ritual Academy. In 2015 he accompanied a group of Shambhala representatives who were part of the first Buddhist delegation ever to meet with a presidential administration in the West Wing of the White House. As a musician and composer he has toured all over the world and played on many records. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his wife and 15 year old daughter.

About Andrea Doukas

Andrea Doukas has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1973, and has served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre and Director of the international Office of Practice and Education. She currently serves as Director of the Shambhala Chöpön Corps and core faculty for the Shambhala Ritual Academy. As well as extensive experience as a chöpön and teacher in the Shambhala Community, she has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. Andrea lives in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia.

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