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:

2017-01-28, St. Johnsbury (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, ) SHAMBHALA MEDITATION II: Going Deeper in Practice and View
2017-02-04, St. Johnsbury (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shastri Holly Gayley, Acharya Dale Asrael, ) Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness -- recorded talk with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
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:

2017-01-27, Deventer, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Fred Welsem, ) Weg van Shambhala cursus FG3 – Wat is waar? De fundamentele goedheid van de werkelijkheid
2017-06-03, Rotterdam, Boddhisattva gelofte weekend

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2017-02-10, Phoenix, Refuge Vow
2017-02-10, Phoenix, Bodhisattva vow
2017-02-10, Phoenix, Basic Goodness 1, Who am I?

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2017-02-03, Sky Lake, Ashe, The Essence of Life - A Week-long Vajrayana Retreat
2017-02-18, Berkeley, Ashe, The Essence of Life: A Dön Season Scorpion Seal, Werma, and Ngondro Retreat (Berkeley)
2017-02-18, San Francisco, Ashe, The Essence of Life: A Dön Season Scorpion Seal, Werma, and Ngondro Retreat (Berkeley)
2017-03-04, Seattle, Ashe, the Essence of Life: a Week-long Vajrayana Retreat
2017-04-29, Marburg, Kyerim II
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:

2017-02-03, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2017-02-10, Amsterdam, Black Ashe Intensive, met Acharya Orhun Cercel
2017-06-29, Marburg, Ridgen Wochenende

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-01-21, Austin, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2017-01-22, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - January 2017
2017-01-23, Austin, Public Talk: Compassionate Presence - the Heart of Contemplative Psychology
2017-02-02, Vancouver, Perky - Sacred Path Pilot Program
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:

2017-01-27, Toronto, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-02-11, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Warrior Assembly
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 - Save the Date
2017-04-24, Karme Choling, QiGong Levels 1-3
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:

2017-01-24, Albuquerque, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Susan Dever, ) Fearlessness in Everyday Life
2017-02-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2017
2017-02-24, Sao Paulo, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Assembléia da Sociedade Iluminada (ASI / ESA )
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:

2017-01-27, Sky Lake, Shambhala Training Level I: Feel Human Again
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
2017-04-14, Columbus, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2017
2017-10-06, 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
2017-06-20, 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

Acharya Martin Janowitz's schedule:

2017-01-26, Washington D.C, Living Protection Principles in Times of Threat & Vulnerability
2017-01-28, Washington D.C, Creating Enlightened Society: From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-01-27, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2017-02-07, Seattle, Shambhala Vajrayana Teaching Day
2017-02-10, Seattle, Maitri Five Wisdoms
2017-02-17, New York, Chariot of Mahamudra
2017-02-20, New York, Winter Weekthün
2017-02-20, New York, Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-20, New York, Day 1 - Winter Weekthün (Vajrayana Track)
2017-02-20, New York, Winter Weekthün (Weekdays Only)
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
2017-03-24, Madison, SAVE THE DATE: Acharya Visit
2017-04-07, Ottawa, Maitri - Five Wisdom Energies
2017-04-20, Lexington, Acharya Visit
2017-04-28, Durham, Shambhala Meditation & the Four Dignities - Open to All!
2017-05-05, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal Group Retreat

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2017-01-20, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
2017-01-22, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2017-02-11, Karme Choling (Acharya Suzann Duquette, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Warrior Assembly
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
2017-05-19, London, Qigong Weekend - Level 3
2017-05-30, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2017-06-01, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2017-03-24, Chicago, 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

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-01-23, Santiago, Asamblea de Profesores
2017-01-28, Santiago, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea de la Sociedad Iluminada
2017-02-04, Pittsburgh, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-02-12, Pittsburgh, Full Moon Gatherings and Shambhala Sadhana Practice: A monthly event for members
2017-02-15, Pittsburgh, Original Fearlessness: Working with Fear and Self-doubt on the Spiritual Path
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
2017-05-31, 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 Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2017-01-27, Paris, Week-end méditation Shambhala
2017-02-02, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-02-10, Warsaw, Poziom I Treningu Shambhali: Sztuka bycia człowiekiem / ST Level I: The art of being human
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:

2017-01-21, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: Weeks 3-4

Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez's schedule:

2017-01-28, Santiago (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea de la Sociedad Iluminada
2017-02-17, Sao Paulo, Fim de Semana do Rigden
2017-01-28, St. Johnsbury, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, ) SHAMBHALA MEDITATION II: Going Deeper in Practice and View
2017-02-03, San Antonio, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Noel McLellan, Shastri Linda Mockeridge, ) Proclaiming Humanity's Goodness: Shambhala Meditation
2017-02-04, St. Johnsbury, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shastri Holly Gayley, Acharya Dale Asrael, ) Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness -- recorded talk with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
2017-03-01, Shambhala Online, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2017
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2017-02-05, San Francisco, Kurukulla Workshop
2017-02-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, Kurukullā Practice Intensive
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:

2017-01-21, London, Qigong Weekend - Levels 1 and 2
2017-01-28, Malaga, El caos tiene sus ventajas (Málaga)
2017-02-11, Drome, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 1 : L'art d'être humain (COMPLET)
2017-03-18, Vienna, Weekthün
2017-04-29, Dechen Chöling, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Silent - 6 day - Teacher-Led
2017-10-07, Dechen Chöling, The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Silent retreat

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2017-02-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - February 2017
2017-02-16, St. Johnsbury, What Is Real - The Basic Goodness of Reality
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
2017-09-08, 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
2017-11-03, 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
2017-04-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017
2017-04-14, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Osterwoche: Fünf Schlüssel zur achtsamen Kommunikation
2017-07-09, 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:

2017-01-20, Halifax, Stroke Practice During The Inauguration
2017-02-03, San Antonio (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Noel McLellan, Shastri Linda Mockeridge ) Proclaiming Humanity's Goodness: Shambhala Meditation
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:

2017-03-17, Paris, Calligraphie contemplative - Poursuivre une ligne
2017-06-02, Cologne, Scorpion Seal /Werma Retreat

Acharya Alan Schwartz's schedule:

2017-02-10, Berkeley, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
2017-02-10, Berkeley, Feeling Human Again: A Public Talk

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2017-01-31, Boulder, Refuge Vow Class
2017-02-19, Boulder, REFUGE VOW CEREMONY
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

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

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

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-01-20, Miami, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-01-30, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2017-02-27, New York, Shambhala Day 2017: Year of the Fire Bird
2017-03-03, Philadelphia, Kurukulla Sadhana Intensive
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

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

2017-02-18, Amsterdam, De Drie Juwelen - Toevluchtsweekend
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

Write to Lin Waters to get additional information on the acharyas and their schedules.