Opening the Umbrella: A Conference with Lady Diana

with The Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo

August 23rd—August 24th

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  • $45 Full Price
  • $75 Sponsor
  • $30 Subsidized
Room: Main Shrine Room

How can we honor our unique teachings and culture while also opening the umbrella to provide a home for people with different practice paths? Please join us for a conference led by Lady Diana Mukpo, wife of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with Loppön Lodrö Dorje, Sangyum Agness Au, Acharya Noel McClellan, and other presenters, young and old, who represent the wisdom of our traditions. 

Join us to practice, talk, listen, and contemplate together while we examine our past, rest in the challenges of the present, and imagine possibilities for the future of Shambhala. 

The program begins with an address by Lady Diana on Friday evening, and continues Saturday with a blend of meditation practice, panel-led discussions, and dialogue. The panels will explore the meaning of lineage and our aspirations for the future of Shambhala. This will give us a chance to acknowledge that mistakes have been made and, at the same time, recover the brilliance of our lineage streams.

Our facilitator, Acharya Susan Skjei, will guide us in various conversations to evoke and gather the wisdom of the assembly and link this to Shambhala’s ongoing process of change. Following this, there’s an opportunity to engage with Lady Diana and the panelists over dinner Saturday evening. This will be a chance to share food and drink in an uplifted and celebratory style.

Ticket price includes light reception Friday evening, lunch and tea on Saturday.

Lady Diana is also offering private interviews for individuals or self-organized small groups on Friday morning and early afternoon. If you would like to meet with Lady Diana, please email Lisa Fiore ([email protected] ) to schedule.


Friday evening only: $25 regular price; $40 patron price
Friday and Saturday: $45 regular price; $75 patron price; $30 subsidized price
Dinner with Lady Diana: We will be having dinner at Sherpa's, which is a few blocks from the center, Saturday at 7pm. $20 per person. Please register in advance here if you are planningon attending the dinner.

Sign up HERE to staff this program


Here is the schedule for the program:


7pm: Opening talk by Lady Diana


8am: Tea & Coffee

830am: Sadhana of Mahamudra

9:30am: Introductions and intentions.

10am: Panel #1: Where have we been? & Breakout Groups

1230pm: Lunch at the Center

130pm: Contemplative Practice Exercise

2pm: Panel #2: Where Are We Going? & Breakout Groups 

6pm: Closing remarks by Lady Diana

7pm: Dinner at Sherpa's. Please register here.