Way of the Moon: A Year of Deep Study and Practice of the Shambhala Mahayana

with Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Rebecca Hazell, Shastri Mark Hazell

September 25th—November 23rd

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  • $195 Program Price
  • $230 Patron Price
  • $135 Reduced Price
Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall

Way of the Moon Path Overview

We are delighted to announce the launch of Way of the Moon, a yearlong study and practice of the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. In particular, we are cultivating our understanding and experience of bodhicitta, the awakened heart of the warrior, which turns the flower of human goodness towards others: the foundation for creating Enlightened Society.

This year of study and practice is offered to graduates of the Rigden Weekend and beyond, including ESA, WA, and Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners. Participants can explore a wide range of study topics that emphasize various aspects of Mahayana teachings, depending on their group’s interests and affinities.

The Way of the Moon includes five retreats, taught by senior teachers, and regular kindness circles (small community gatherings) facilitated by selected mentors. The entire Way of the Moon path is as follows: 

Introductory Salons

We enter this path by revisiting the teachings on the three levels of being, or court—outer, inner and ultimate—and on windhorse and drala. We revisit or, for some, formally introduce the wisdom text on which Shambhala rests: The Letter of the Black Ashe. These teachings and text will provide the view for this yearlong exploration. Contemplating them prepares us for the weekend intensive with Acharya Chapman, which may also include transmission of the Sadhana of Kindness.

  • Salon 1: Tuesday, 9/25/18 from 7 to 9pm

  • Salon 2: Tuesday, 10/2/18 from 7 to 9pm

  • Salon 3: Tuesday, 10/9/18 from 7 to 9pm

 Introductory Weekend

with Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Rebecca Hazell and Shastri Mark Hazell

This weekend introduces a year of personal training in the Shambhala Mahayana teachings, supported by the study of the Letter of the Black Ashe and practice of windhorse. 

During this weekend, Acharya Susan Chapman may also offer a lung (permission reading) for the short Sadhana of Kindness and if so, participants will receive personal copies of the sadhana.

  • Friday night, 11/10/18 6.30-9 pm

  • Saturday, 11/11/18 9am to 6pm

  • Sunday, 11/12/18 9am to 6pm

 Kindness Circles

Kindness Circles are study salons for the Way of the Moon. They consist of 5-8 members, facilitated by local mentor-MI’s with online talks from preceptor acharyas or other teachers as needed. These kindness circles can meet at people’s homes or at the centre at prearranged times. In addition to studying and discussing together (topics to include the group’s choices), these will include social occasions like dinners, picnics or outings. Each circle will have opportunities to apply the teachings as a team by hosting at centre events and programs as well as other larger-community engagements. This becomes the basis for truly turning the heart of goodness outward for the benefit of others. 

 One-Day Moon Retreats

There will also be four one-day retreats for all the participants, which will provide an opportunity for deeper study and exchange about the Shambhala Mahayana teachings, including:

  1. Moon Tiger: The Four Immeasurables (2/23/18 9am to 6pm)

  2. Moon Lion: Bodhichitta and the Supreme Thought (5/25/19 9am to 6pm)

  3. Moon Garuda: Absolute Bodhicitta and Prajnaparamita (9/7/19 9am to 6pm)

  4. Moon Dragon: Kindness in Action and Three-Fold Purity (11/23/19 9 am to 9pm)


Prerequisites: Everyone who has completed the Rigden Weekend and is a member of a Shambhala centre is welcome. 


Acharya Susan Chapman

Acharya Susan Chapman has been a student of Shambhala since 1974. She has an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She has one grown child. With her husband Jerry she founded the Juneau Shambhala Center and later completed Gampo Abbey’s three year retreat, where she went on to serve as druppon “retreat leader” for six more years.

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