Author Susan Gillis Chapman brings expertise in western relationship psychology together with the wisdom of meditation practice. After receiving an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology 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.
“Going into the shadows of our society I realized that our unrealistic expectations about love trigger the opposite reaction and we end up creating more suffering for ourselves and each other. I saw this pattern in my own life but meditation also showed me the alternative: how friendship towards ourselves can open us to others in a new way”.
Susan began mindfulness meditation practice in the early 1960’s at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Vancouver. She became a student of Tibetan master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 and later was appointed Acharya, or senior student, by his dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She and her husband Jerry completed a three year retreat in 2002 and worked at Gampo Abbey under the mentorship of Pema Chodron until 2008. They returned to the Vancouver area to be closer to her aging parents.
Her first book, The Five Keys To Mindful Communication, was published in April 2012. She teaches programs in contemplative psychology and mindful communication, and is on the faculty of Karuna Institute, in Cologne Germany and USA.