Acharyas

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 Centres to offer teachings, programs, and vow ceremonies. Some have selected certain teachings to be their main focus (such as Maitri, Death & Dying, etc.). You can click on each of the names below to learn more about each acharya.

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2017-03-01, Shambhala Online (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2017
2017-04-13, Shambhala Mountain Center, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training: Part II
2017-04-26, Boulder, Ngöndro Meditation Instructor Training
2017-05-31, Fort Collins (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Charlie Goetzl ) Shambhala Educators - Independent Study: Second Annual P&E Gathering via Shambhala Online
2017-09-08, Austin, Evening Event with Acharya Asrael
2017-09-09, Austin, Qigong I & II

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2017-03-24, Arnhem, Shambhala Training niveau 5 - Open Hemel
2017-06-03, Rotterdam, Boddhisattva gelofte weekend

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2017-06-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat
2017-06-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, Summer Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats
2017-10-19, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Emily Bower, Acharya Mitchell Levy, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2017-03-04, Seattle, Ashe, the Essence of Life: a Week-long Vajrayana Retreat
2017-03-25, Halifax, Primordial Rigden Ngondro Intensive
2017-04-29, Marburg, Kyerim II
2017-06-29, Dorje Denma Ling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Rigden Abhisheka
2017-07-15, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 6
2017-10-13, Dorje Denma Ling, Ashe, The Essence of Life
2017-11-10, Washington D.C, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-12-26, Karme Choling, Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2017-04-07, London, Shambhala Training Level 4: Awakened Heart
2017-06-29, Marburg, Ridgen Wochenende

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-03-01, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) Mindful Heart Communication: A Path to Warmth, Dignity, and Confidence
2017-03-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - March 2017
2017-03-16, Vancouver, Shambhala Buddhist View and Practices on Death and Dying
2017-04-01, Nelson, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Russell Rodgers, ) Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Practices Retreat
2017-04-20, Vancouver, Outrageous / Inscrutable

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2017-03-03, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
2017-03-17, Karme Choling, Mudra Space Awareness
2017-03-25, Philadelphia, Daoist Qi Gong Level 3
2017-04-07, Boston, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy II
2017-04-24, Karme Choling, QiGong Levels 1-3
2017-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2017-04-26, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3
2017-08-09, Karme Choling, Rigden Natural Confidence
2017-09-29, Albany, Mudra - Body and Space Awareness
2017-11-03, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities
2017-11-03, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Meek
2017-11-05, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Perky
2017-11-07, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2017-02-24, Sao Paulo, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Assembléia da Sociedade Iluminada (ASI / ESA )
2017-03-24, Portland, Smile at Fear: Warriorship in the Three Yanas
2017-04-28, Shambhala Mountain Center, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-07-31, Asheville, Fearlessness In Everyday Life
2017-08-11, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Warrior Assembly
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2017

Acharya Michael Greenleaf's schedule:

2017-03-03, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III
2017-03-03, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
2017-03-05, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior
2017-03-07, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World
2017-03-25, Montpelier VT(US), Work, Wealth & Wisdom

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2017-04-09, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows
2017-04-09, Austin, Refuge Vows
2017-04-15, Dallas, Journey to the Heart
2017-04-22, Austin, Save the Date: Special Class(es) with Acharya Hardin
2017-04-28, San Antonio, FREE Public Talk by Acharya Hardin
2017-04-29, San Antonio, Journey to the Heart
2017-05-02, San Antonio, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-05-02, San Antonio, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-05-05, Austin, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2017-02-24, Sao Paulo (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Assembléia da Sociedade Iluminada (ASI / ESA )
2017-03-31, Sky Lake, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-04-07, Windhorse Retreat, Social Presencing Theater
2017-04-14, Columbus, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2017
2017-08-11, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Warrior Assembly
2017-10-06, Philadelphia, Refuge Vow Ceremony Retreat
2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2017

Acharya Jeremy Hayward's schedule:

2017-04-18, Dartmouth, Perceiving Sacred World
2017-06-19, Dorje Denma Ling, Primordial Rigden Ngondro Group Retreat
2017-09-16, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2017-09-16, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun
2017-09-18, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Windhorse
2017-09-20, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Drala
2017-09-29, Ottawa, Exploring Vast Mind – Sacred World

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2017-03-18, Casa Werma Mexico, Drala at Casa Werma: A Rigden ngondro & Werma practice retreat at the birthplace of the Werma Sadhana
2017-04-27, Shambhala Mountain Center, Ngöndro Intensive
2017-06-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, Mindfulness: A Window to the Heart

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2017-05-20, Bristol, Level 5 - Open Sky

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-02-21, New York, Weekly Dharma Gathering: Keywords: Power, Kindness, Elites, Truth
2017-02-21, New York, Day 2 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-22, New York, Day 3 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-23, New York, Day 4 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-24, New York, Day 5 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-25, New York, Day 6 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-25, New York, Winter Weekthün (Weekend Only)
2017-02-26, New York, Day 7 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-03-01, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2017-03-31, Madison, Maitri Five Wisdoms Weekend
2017-04-07, Ottawa, Maitri - Five Wisdom Energies
2017-04-10, Ottawa, Vajrayana Day
2017-04-20, Lexington, Acharya Visit
2017-04-22, Lexington, Finding Your Way in a Troubled World
2017-04-24, Lexington, Vajrayana Practice Day: Ashe Mahamudra
2017-04-28, Durham, Being Awake In a Troubled World - Open to All!
2017-05-05, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal Group Retreat
2017-06-09, Victoria, Chariot of Mahamudra

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2017-03-03, Szczecin, Poziom Pierwszy Treningu Shambhali / Shambhala Training Level 1
2017-03-09, Cologne, Bedingungslose Zuversicht (Rigden Wochenende)
2017-03-24, Montpellier France, Le weekend Rigden: la confiance inconditionnelle
2017-04-02, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Qigong and Meditation Retreat
2017-04-22, Madrid, Chigong: niveles 1 y 2 (Madrid)
2017-04-28, Besancon, Présentation Qi Gong traditionnel chinois
2017-04-29, Besancon, Qi Gong traditionnel chinois
2017-05-06, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 1 i Poziom2 // QiGong level1 &level2
2017-05-28, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2017-05-30, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2017-06-01, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2017-06-09, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 5 : Ciel ouvert

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2017-02-25, Nelson, Protector Principle
2017-03-24, Chicago, (with: Acharya Mitchell Levy, Larry Wolf, ) Shambhala Training Weekend 1: Feel Human Again
2017-04-28, Providence, Three Jewels Weekend - Refuge / Bodhisatva Vows
2017-06-23, Providence, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-10-19, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Emily Bower, Acharya Mitchell Levy, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-02-23, Pittsburgh, Silent Transformations of Engaged Spirituality, Ecology, and Politics
2017-03-01, Pittsburgh, Fearlessness in Everyday Life
2017-03-05, Pittsburgh, Full Moon Gatherings and Shambhala Sadhana Practice: A monthly event for members
2017-03-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - March 2017
2017-03-27, Pittsburgh, Ngöndro Retreat
2017-03-30, St. Johnsbury, Who Am I - The Basic Goodness of Being Human
2017-04-05, Pittsburgh, Dharma Talk - Topic to be announced
2017-04-09, Pittsburgh, Full Moon Gatherings and Shambhala Sadhana Practice: A monthly event for members
2017-04-28, Pittsburgh, Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky
2017-05-31, Fort Collins, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Charlie Goetzl, ) Shambhala Educators - Independent Study: Second Annual P&E Gathering via Shambhala Online
2017-07-07, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - October 2017

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2017-06-09, Chicago, Way of Shambhala Retreat: Rigden Weekend - Unconditional Confidence
2017-06-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Engaged Mindfulness Retreat: Fearlessly Embracing our Toughest Personal and Societal Challenges with Mindfulness, Compassion and Bravery

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2017-03-23, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-04-20, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-04-21, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation - für Meditationsunterweiser und Guides mit Barbara Märtens
2017-05-11, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-06-02, Lviv, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Shastri Maksym Lan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly / Асамблея Просвітленого Суспільства
2017-06-22, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly
2017-09-22, Brussels, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Faradee Rudy, ) Shambhala Training Level 5 : Open Sky
2017-09-29, Cologne, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Anne Eltz, ) Große Östliche Sonne und Windpferd

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2017-09-29, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2017-09-29, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün (Week 1)
2017-10-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)
2017-03-01, Shambhala Online, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2017
2017-06-29, Dorje Denma Ling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Rigden Abhisheka
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly
2017-08-25, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 8

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2017-03-03, Albuquerque, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
2017-03-06, Albuquerque, Why The World Needs Karuna: An Introduction to Contemplative Psychology
2017-03-07, Albuquerque, Scorpion Seal Practice Evening
2017-03-09, Albuquerque, An Evening of Ashe and Stroke
2017-03-10, Albuquerque, Refuge Vow Weekend
2017-03-10, Albuquerque, Bodhisattva Vow Weekend
2017-07-07, Berkeley (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2017-03-01, Paris, Deuxième soirée de préparation au vœu de refuge
2017-03-07, Shambhala Online, The Three Jewels and the Refuge Vow
2017-03-18, Vienna, Weekthün
2017-03-31, Shambhala Online, Cheminer sur la voie du bodhisattva
2017-04-29, Dechen Chöling, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Silent - 6 day - Teacher-Led
2017-06-14, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2017-10-07, Dechen Chöling, The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Silent retreat

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2017-03-21, Albuquerque, (with: Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Susan Dever, ) Wisdom in Everyday Life
2017-04-09, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival: Birth, Death and In Between
2017-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2017
2017-08-25, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 8
2017-09-08, Karme Choling (Eva Wong, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) The Natural World as Teacher
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - September 2017
2017-10-02, Asheville, Wisdom in Everyday Life
2017-11-03, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal 8 Intensive
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2017

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2017-03-18, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017
2017-03-18, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Update für MIs und Guides
2017-04-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017
2017-04-14, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Osterwoche: Fünf Schlüssel zur achtsamen Kommunikation
2017-04-22, Drome, Apprendre à donner et à recevoir des « feed-back » de façon authentique : une culture de la bienveillance (Inscription avant le 26 mars 2017)
2017-07-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017
2017-08-03, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Versammlung der Erleuchteten Gesellschaft (ESA)
2017-10-22, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2017-02-22, Halifax, End of Year Stroke Practice
2017-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2017
2017-04-21, Halifax, Refuge Vow Program
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2017

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2017-03-07, Cologne, (with: Acharya David Schneider, ) Zufriedenheit im Alltag
2017-03-17, Paris, Calligraphie contemplative - Poursuivre une ligne
2017-06-02, Cologne, Scorpion Seal /Werma Retreat
2017-06-28, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-07, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 2

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2017-03-29, Boulder, Bodhisattva Class
2017-04-16, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-04-16, Boulder, Bodhichitta Talk - Open to all

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-02-27, New York, (with: Acharya Eric Spiegel, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Shambhala Day 2017: Year of the Fire Bird
2017-03-03, Philadelphia, Kurukulla Sadhana Intensive
2017-03-21, New York, Weekly Dharma Gathering: The Refuge Vow
2017-04-04, New York, Parinirvana Day: 30th Anniversary
2017-04-21, New York, Becoming a Shambhala Person: Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows
2017-06-02, Boston, Rigden Weekend
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Friday Evening Talk
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again
2017-12-01, Brunswick/Portland, UNCONDITIONAL CONFIDENCE: RIGDEN WEEKEND

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

2017-04-14, Amsterdam, Shambhala Training Rigden weekend - Onvoorwaardelijk zelfvertrouwen
2017-04-02, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Qigong and Meditation Retreat
2017-09-08, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) The Natural World as Teacher