The Virtuous Leader: Leading from the Heart (part 1)

with Acharya Susan Chapman & Acharya Daniel Hessey

March 7th—March 9th (2014)

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  • $250 Program Price

This is the first of three workshops on leadership. Each workshop in this series can be taken independently or you can take all three together as a group.

Each of us holds a leadership role in our lives: in work, play, relationships, and especially practice. As leaders, we are challenged to work in a society that is not organized around human goodness, and therefore creates unnecessary suffering. This unique workshop is based on Acharya Susan Chapman's book The Five Keys to Mindful Communication, drawn from the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, and Acharya Dan Hessey’s translation of the ancient Chinese classic, the I Ching, as a manual of leadership and societal integration.

In this course Acharya Dan Hessey will introduce his new translation of the I Ching as a map of how leaders evolve Enlightened Society. This is a fascinating confluence of the view and practice of the Shambhala teachings and the profound and practical advice for leaders found in the I Ching. (Acharya Hessey has spent the last eight years working on this topic of Enlightened Society and the I Ching. It will be one of the first times this exclusive topic is being offered!)

This workshop will be an experiential exploration of how to apply profound and ancient principles of communication, leadership, and societal development to modern organizations. Using practical methods and metaphors, participants will learn to identify unhealthy patterns of interaction and transform fear-based communication into opportunities for clarity and deep process in challenging contexts. We will be introduced to the ancient Chinese wisdom of the I Ching as a guide to leadership in developing integral organizations. These presentations will help make its wisdom accessible and applicable for modern leaders in small and medium-sized organizations. (no prerequisite)

These two teachers each bring a lifetime of experience and study to make these profound traditions available in this unique approach to interpersonal communication and organizational development.

Author and Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman is a licensed marital and family therapist who brings expertise in western relationship psychology together with the wisdom of meditation practice.  She spent ten years working with domestic violence as program director for a battered women’s shelter in Colorado and as clinical director for a counseling center in Alaska. She became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 and later was appointed Shastri, or senior student, by his dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She and her husband Jerry founded the Juneau Alaska Shambhala Centre and later completed a three-year retreat. Between 2002 and 2008 they served as retreat leaders at Gampo Abbey under the mentorship of Pema Chödrön. After moving back to Vancouver, Susan started her business which focuses on workshops and training in mindful communication. She is on the faculty of Karuna Institute in Cologne, Germany.


Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the US and South America. Since 2004, he has studied the I Ching with Eva Wong, a Taoist Qigong lineage holder and translator of classical Chinese texts. Dan is also a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center. He is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time he plays jazz standards haltingly on his guitar. He is currently employed as a residential mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado.

Acharya is a Sanskrit word that means teacher. It refers to individuals that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has empowered to represent him and the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages he holds. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche chose these individuals because of their knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to the confluence of teachings found in Shambhala.

Acharyas travel to Shambhala Meditation Centers to lead dharma programs and perform Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow ceremonies for those who would like to commit themselves to the Buddhist path. Some have selected certain teachings to be their main focus (such a Maitri, Death & Dying, etc.).


Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.  If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of the program.

$250 for non-members / $225 for members of the Shambhala Meditation centre.

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.

Like life, this program is subject to change.