Adam Lobel, Kalapa Acharya

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Acharya Adam Lobel is a teacher in the Shambhala tradition, a Buddhist minister, and a scholar of philosophy and religion.

Adam began the path of meditation when he was 16 years old after his first taste of real pain, outrage at social and ecological injustice, and wondering a bit too much about what reality was all about.  He soon encountered the writings and vision of the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  Inspired by the path of warriorship and the vision of enlightened society, he pursued meditation retreats and training in the Shambhala Buddhist path.  Adam traveled in Tibet, Nepal, and India, studying Buddhism with masters from various traditions.  He pivotally connected with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala lineage, while on retreat in Parphing, Nepal in 1997.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, Adam attended Vajrayana Seminary and then traveled as the personal attendant to the Sakyong; accompanying him on a tour of Tibet.  He was co-editor of the Sakyong’s book Turning the Mind into an Ally.

Adam leads meditation workshops, courses on Buddhist philosophy and the social vision of Shambhala.  Adam is also the Acharya for the Mipham Academy, an advanced, annual intensive for Buddhist philosophical and contemplative studies at Karme Choling, Vermont.  He teaches meditation to youths within the prison system and a mental health institution.  He was named an Acharya in 2004 and completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, where he is helping to establish a track for Buddhist ministers and chaplains.  His research focuses on philosophy, phenomenology, meditation, and the Great Perfection tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 2008, the Sakyong named Acharya Lobel the Kalapa Acharya. The Kalapa Acharya presides over the Pillar of Practice and Education within Shambhala. Acharya Lobel is particularly responsible for curriculum and path development as well as training Shambhala teachers.

Adam is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has an eight-year-old son, Javin, who is a Jedi Knight in training.

Recordings of Acharya Lobel’s public talks are starting to be posted at: www.adamlobel.org


Teaching Topics
“Breeze of Delight”
Teachers Gathering
Vajrayana programs
Rigden Weekend

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, (with: 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