HYBRID: Yeshe Tsogyal and the Feminine Principle: Buddhist and Shambhalian Perspectives

with Judith Simmer-Brown and Alex Vlasic

September 25 - 26, 2021

Yeshe Tsögyal as Queen
by Cynthia Moku.

Used with permission. Prints available at https://cynthiamoku.com/

Registration is now closed.

Yeshe Tsogyal experienced many obstacles and challenges on her path, some of them specifically because of her female birth and others connected to personal struggles everyone faces.  Nevertheless, she was an unwavering dharma student, deeply practiced and committed to her teacher and consort, Guru Rinpoche.  This weekend will explore Yeshe Tsogyal as a female exemplar, enlightened teacher, and fierce protector for all dharma practitioners.  The weekend will include dharma talks, ritual practices, stories, and discussions about the importance of Yeshe Tsogyal for the Shambhala Buddhist community. 

This retreat is open to all practitioners

This program can be taken as a stand-alone class OR as part of the three month study series, Yeshe Tsögyal and the Feminine Principle If you have registered for the full three month series, you are already registered for this retreat and do not need to re-register.


The Zoom room will open by at 8:45am EDT, on September 25th, 2021. Please arrive early to check your connection and let us help troubleshoot any technical difficulties. The program begins at 9am EDT and ends about 6:30pm EDT, with breaks throughout the day. The program ends by 6:30pm EDT, on September 26th, 2021.

On land participants are encouraged to arrive on Friday, September 24th between 3pm and 6pm, to settle in prior to the opening session on Saturday morning. 

Registration Details

Because of the nature and logistics of online programming — including ensuring that you have the proper links, materials and schedules — the deadline to register for this program is 48 hours before it begins.

This program is available both On-Land and ONLINE. Participants who join the program in person, will pay an additional on-land differential of $70. This covers all meals and general land use at KCL. It does not cover accommodations.


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

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.

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:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
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 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, where she was a Founding Faculty. She is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) in Shambhala International, and teaches meditation widely.  She is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and editor, with Fran Grace, of Meditation and the Classroom:  Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY).

About Alex Vlasic

Alex Vlasic has been practicing meditation and studying dharma as a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the Shambhala Buddhist lineage since 2011. She started out practicing and facilitating social meditation and then began teaching dharma programs in 2017. Alex also serves as an Assistant Teacher for the UNtrainining White Liberal Racism program and is always contemplating how we can actively apply the Buddhist teachings to all that we face in life and in society. She lives with her wife Kate on the traditional Abenaki land, of Plainfield, VT, where they grow food, homestead, and connect with the magic of nature.

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