About Mathias Pongracz
Acharya Mathias Pongracz was born to Hungarian parents in Africa, where he passed his childhood with 6 other siblings.
After some years in Belgium he settled in Austria, where he studied political science and interpreting. Acharya Pongracz joined Shambhala in 1983 and attended seminary with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1984 and again in 1985. When the Saykong (then Sawang) taught his first 3 month seminary at SMC in 1992 he asked Mathias Pongracz to serve on the Seminary teachers faculty.
Mathias also studied closely with Kobun Chino Roshi, with whom he sat many sesshins from 1992 until his paranirvana in 2002. Acharya Pongracz is the former director of Shambhala Training in Vienna. From 2006 until spring 2012 Acharya Mathias Pongracz was resident teacher at Dechen Chöling, the european land center of Shambhala Europe in France.
He introduced the MBSR program in France at a time when it was unknown there. A few years ago he started a Shambhala group in Hungary (Budapest). He is currently based in Vienna, and teaches in, French, Hungarian and German, traveling to Shambhala Centers in Eastern Europe, France and other countries.
He also teaches programs on Mindfulness Stress reduction, and has practice in Qi Gong and the art of hosting.
Students should participate in each weekend fully. These weekends are intended to allow students time to steep in a practice environment.
Each level must be taken in succession and is a prerequisite for the next level.
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- Patrons: $216
- Individuals: $149
- Assistance: $79
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