Biography and Contact



Susan Shannon, M. Div. is a seeker, student, mystic, poet, dharma lover, student,  and teacher, earth and animal steward, and devotee of the heart, interfaith minister and chaplain…. Susan has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for over 45 years, studying with many of Tibet’s greatest teachers here in the United States and abroad.


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In ongoing efforts to  be of service “to all sentient beings” and to answer the decades- long request of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14 Dalai Lama of image-7Tibet, Susan began formal inter-religious studies in 2008 with the goal of developing a broader interfaith/no-faith language and understanding.  She was ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries in 2011. Susan went on to complete a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2012, with the focus of serving marginalized and oppressed communities.


Susan has worked among diverse populations all her life in varying capacities including Tibetan monastics and refugees, the homeless, the differently-abled, and at-risk youth.


Since ordination, Susan’s ministry has been focused on prison chaplaincy projects and transformational programs at San Quentin State Prison, including working with the renown Guiding Rage Into Power program through and providing Buddhist Chaplaincy on Death Row.




Susan resides in Northern California with her eclectic two and four-legged family. She is available for all duties of chaplaincy, including memorials and celebrations for all life’s transitions,, spiritual direction, and grief/loss support.




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