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:

2017-07-01, Boulder, PROCLAIMING BASIC GOODNESS: An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2017-07-22, Boulder, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2017-09-08, Austin, Evening Event with Acharya Asrael
2017-09-09, Austin, Qigong I & II
2017-12-30, 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 Marianne Bots's schedule:

2017-06-03, Rotterdam, Boddhisattva gelofte weekend
2017-06-14, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya David Hope, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2017-09-07, Dechen Chöling (Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 2

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
2017-11-09, Los Angeles, Shambhala Guide Training

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

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:

2017-06-29, Marburg, Ridgen Wochenende / Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-07-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - July 2017
2017-08-07, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-08-12, Karme Choling (Acharya Martin Janowitz, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-23, Hamburg, In schwierigen Zeiten Frieden stärken
2017-10-01, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-11-04, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

Acharya Pema Chödron's schedule:

2017-06-01, Davis, The Essential Pema

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

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
2017-11-17, Baltimore, Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy II
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2017-06-16, Tucson, Rigden Weekend: 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
2017-09-08, Boulder, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2017
2017-10-12, Boulder, Refuge Vow Class
2017-10-29, Boulder, REFUGE VOW CEREMONY

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2017-09-22, Sydney Cape Breton, Acharya Moh Hardin Teaching
2017-10-13, Fredericton, Acharya Moh Hardin's Fall Teaching

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2017-08-11, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Warrior Assembly
2017-10-06, Philadelphia, Refuge Vow Ceremony Retreat

Acharya Jeremy Hayward's schedule:

2017-09-29, Ottawa, Exploring Vast Mind – Sacred World
2017-10-02, Ottawa, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2017-06-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, Mindfulness: A Window to the Heart
2017-08-18, New York, Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-18, New York, First Weekend of the Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-19, New York, Day One Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-20, New York, Day Two Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-21, New York, Day Three Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-22, New York, Day Four Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-23, New York, Day Five Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-24, New York, Day Six Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation
2017-08-25, New York, Day Seven Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2017-06-14, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya David Hope, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2017-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering

Acharya Martin Janowitz's schedule:

2017-06-09, Boulder, From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism
2017-08-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Martin Janowitz, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-15, Boulder, Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-06-08, Victoria, Public Talk: Elites, Compassion and Social Chaos
2017-06-09, Victoria, Chariot of Mahamudra
2017-06-11, Victoria, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-06-11, Victoria, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-06-12, Victoria, Vajrayana Practice Day: Ashe Mahamudra
2017-06-16, South Shore, Living, Dying, and the Path of Meditation
2017-09-15, Atlanta, Shambhala Dzokchen
2017-09-29, Halifax, FINDING YOUR WAY IN A TROUBLED WORLD: The Radical Simplicity of Shambhala Meditation
2017-09-29, Halifax, (Friday Night Only) FINDING YOUR WAY IN A TROUBLED WORLD: The Radical Simplicity of Shambhala Meditation
2017-10-25, Austin, Vajrayana Retreat: Ashe Mahamudra and Shambhala Dzokchen
2017-12-02, Milwaukee, Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Retreat
2018-01-06, Karme Choling, Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2018-01-06, Karme Choling, Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)
2018-01-06, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)
2018-01-21, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

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
2017-06-16, Besancon, Qu'est ce qui est réel ? La Bonté Fondamental des phénomènes
2017-07-08, Krakow, QiGong
2017-08-13, Dechen Chöling, Summer Ngöndro Retreat
2017-11-24, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (combined levels 1-5)
2017-11-26, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2017-11-28, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2017-11-30, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Northern Rivers(AUS), Summer Dathun: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Sydney, Summer Dathun: A meditation retreat near Euroa, Victoria

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2017-09-29, Chicago, Ministry of Health for the Kingdom of Shambhala: Creating Enlightened Healthcare
2017-10-19, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Emily Bower, Acharya Mitchell Levy, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-05-31, Edinburgh, The Basic Goodness of Being Human: Who am I?
2017-06-09, Pittsburgh, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-06-18, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Shastri Stephen Clarke, ) Shambhala Educator Training
2017-07-07, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-07-07, Shambhala Northern California, (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
2017-10-27, Karme Choling, Awake Society, Now
2017-12-30, 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

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2017-06-08, Chicago, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation
2017-06-09, Chicago, Way of Shambhala Retreat: Rigden Weekend - Unconditional Confidence
2017-06-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Engaged Mindfulness Retreat: Fearlessly Embracing
2017-06-26, Vancouver, Beyond Enemies: Social Transformation for our Time
2018-03-23, Austin, Save the Date: Public Talk with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-03-24, Austin, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

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
2017-09-08, Stockholm, Introduction to Karuna Training with Barbara Märtens
2017-09-29, Cologne, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Anne Eltz, ) Große Östliche Sonne und Windpferd
2017-12-15, Warsaw, Nauki o 6 paramitach i Ślubowanie Bodhisattwy

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
2017-10-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: Week 2
2017-10-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: Weeks 3-4

Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez's schedule:

2017-08-18, Santiago, Senda Sagrada: Llave de Oro
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:

2017-06-08, New York, Powerful Practices for Challenging Times: An Introduction to Karuna Training
2017-07-07, Berkeley (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-07-07, Shambhala Northern California (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-08-05, Boulder, Kurukulla — A Two Day Intensive
2018-02-24, Casa Werma Mexico, Rousing Drala: All those gods of the cosmic lineage who command coincidence

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2017-06-14, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya David Hope, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2017-06-25, Dechen Chöling, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-08-13, Dechen Chöling, Summer Werma and Scorpion Seal Retreat
2017-10-07, Dechen Chöling, The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Silent retreat
2017-11-24, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Samten Kobelt, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (combined levels 1-5)
2017-11-24, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
2018-04-27, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 1 : L'art d'être humain

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

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
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2017
2018-01-13, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal Intensive
2018-01-21, Karme Choling, Ngöndro Retreat
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun
2018-03-04, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Windhorse
2018-03-06, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Drala

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

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:

2017-09-01, Sao Paulo (Acharya Eric Spiegel, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, ) Assembléia de Guerreiros
2017-09-15, Santiago, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Asamblea de Guerreros
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2017

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2017-06-02, Cologne, Scorpion Seal /Werma Retreat
2017-06-28, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Shastri Jane Hope, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-07, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 2
2017-10-06, Paris, Week-end Rigden de la Voie Shambhala

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-06-02, Boston, Rigden Weekend
2017-06-16, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-07-17, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2017-09-01, Sao Paulo, (with: Acharya Eric Spiegel, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, ) Assembléia de Guerreiros
2017-09-15, Santiago (Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Asamblea de Guerreros
2017-10-02, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Friday Evening Talk
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again
2017-11-17, Philadelphia, Golden Key
2017-12-01, Brunswick/Portland, UNCONDITIONAL CONFIDENCE: RIGDEN WEEKEND
2018-02-23, Boston, Kurukulla Intensive

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2017-06-09, Hamburg, Extraordinary Perception
2017-06-09, Hamburg, Shambhala Sadhana
2017-09-08, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) The Natural World as Teacher