Dear Meditation Instructor/Center Leader/Teacher/Personal Reference:
Please complete the following recommendation form to allow your student's application to Mukpo Institute to be reviewed.
As you may know, Mukpo Institute is a profound training geared toward students with a longing to deepen their
practice and study of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings. All Mukpo Institute courses are taught by a core faculty of
Acharyas and Senior Teachers, most of whom have more than 30 years of experience teaching in the Shambhala
Buddhist tradition. Mukpo Institute students conduct a three-month investigation into the principles of Hinayana and Mahayana
Buddhism. Students study and practice the fundamental meditation techniques of shamatha and vipashyana. The
understanding and practice of these techniques is supplemented by studies of Buddhist philosophy of mind and
consciousness. There are also opportunities for students to witness and practice traditional contemplative arts.
The heart of the Mukpo Institute semester is a 14-28 day intensive mindfulness and meditation retreat. During this retreat,
students apply mindfulness to all activities, including scheduled walking and sitting meditation sessions. Meals are
taken in traditional Japanese monastic style; silence or mindful speech is observed; and mind-body disciplines are
The objective of the Mukpo Institute curriculum is to connect traditional wisdom teachings with students' present
lives and real concerns. Our students arrive with diverse academic and professional backgrounds; the Institute
respects and fosters this diversity. The curriculum, presented within the experience of living in a contemplative
community, is ideal for all who wish to bring simplicity, clarity and ultimately joy into their personal and
At present, the curriculum covers an eight-month period (two semesters, Fall and Spring) that spans from mid-
September to the end of May each year. The curriculum is composed of different programs, which vary from
weekends to week-long and month-long intensives. Each of these programs can be taken separately and all of them
are open to the public as well (prerequisites apply). This allows the curriculum to be accessible for people who
cannot commit to the entire eight-month period. In addition, students have a close mentoring relationship with a
faculty member or meditation instructor who provides guidance throughout the semester.
If you have any questions about completing this recommendation form or about Mukpo Institute, please feel free to contact the Karmê Chöling Mukpo Institute Coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-633-2384 x109