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.

2017-11-03, Cologne, (with: Jane Arthur, Deputy Minister of Government Pillar Jani Glavina, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Christoph Schönherr, ) Shambhala Regionaltreffen der dt. Gruppen- und Zentrumsleitungen

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2017-11-17, Denver, Qigong Level 3
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
2018-01-13, Birmingham (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-02-24, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Shambhala Educator Training

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2017-11-03, Ticino, Shambhala training livello 3 a Faenza

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2018-01-26, Amsterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2017-11-09, Los Angeles, Shambhala Guide Training
2017-11-19, Los Angeles, (Eagle Rock) Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-11-19, Los Angeles, (Eagle Rock) Refuge Vow Ceremony

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2017-10-26, Victoria, Five Day Werma and Scorpion Seal Kyerim Retreat
2017-11-09, Washington D.C, Shambhala Ecology: Public Talk
2017-11-10, Baltimore, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence (Washington D.C.)
2017-11-10, Washington D.C, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-12-26, Karme Choling, Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life
2018-02-19, Boulder, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2017-10-26, London, Contentment in Everyday Life
2017-11-03, Madrid, Nivel V: Cielo abierto
2017-12-01, London, 'The Basic Goodness Series': How Can I Help Others?
2018-01-18, Maastricht, Shambhala Training nivo 1
2018-03-02, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training Rigden weekend - Onvoorwaardelijk zelfvertrouwen

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-11-17, Edmonton, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2018-02-03, Vancouver, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2018-04-07, Nelson, Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Practices Retreat

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2017-10-26, St. Johnsbury, SSA Talk
2017-11-17, Baltimore, Second Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy
2017-12-01, Durham, Shambhala Sadhana Feast
2017-12-02, Durham, Daoist Qigong Levels I & II
2018-01-26, Albany, Mudra - Body and Space Awareness
2018-03-09, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
2018-04-25, Karme Choling, Qigong Levels 1-3
2018-04-25, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2018-04-27, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3
2018-05-04, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Timothy Quigley, Andrea Doukas, ) Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2
2018-08-31, Halifax, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Ritual Academy II

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2017-10-29, Boulder, REFUGE VOW CEREMONY
2018-02-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2018

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2017-11-14, Albuquerque, (with: Acharya Holly Gayley, Colleen Cummins, ) Joy in Everyday Life
2017-12-15, Casa Werma Mexico, Half-Dathun: Illuminating Basic Goodness
2017-12-15, Casa Werma Mexico, Weekthun: Illuminating Basic Goodness
2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2017
2018-03-08, Boulder (Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - MEEK & PERKY
2018-04-19, Boulder (Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - Outrageous & Inscrutable
2018-05-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - May 2018

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2017-10-27, Prince Edward Island, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
2017-10-29, Prince Edward Island, The Profound Practice of Ordinary Kindness
2017-11-24, Sydney Cape Breton, Teachings on the Heart Sutra

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2017

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2017-11-16, New York, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Shastri Elizabeth Reid, Shastri Sheila Bascetta, ) Shambhala Teacher Training
2017-12-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Winter Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats
2017-12-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Winter Dathun: Creating Enlightened Society

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2017-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering
2018-02-09, Malaga, Nivel 1 del Aprendizaje Shambhala: El arte de ser humano (Málaga)
2018-03-16, Bristol, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-10-25, Austin, Vajrayana Retreat: Ashe Mahamudra and Shambhala Dzokchen
2017-11-03, Pittsburgh, Living, Dying, and the Path of Meditation; A Buddhist Perspective on the Cycle of Life and Death
2017-11-03, Pittsburgh, Life Is Short. What Matters?
2017-11-11, Berkeley, Ashe Mahamudra Five-Day Retreat
2017-11-17, Davis, Finding Your Way in a Troubled World: The Radical Simplicity of Shambhala Meditation
2017-12-01, Milwaukee, Shambhala Meditation: Radical Simplicity for Troubled Times
2017-12-03, Milwaukee, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-12-03, Milwaukee, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-12-09, Madison, SHAMBHALA MEDITATION: RADICAL SIMPLICITY FOR TROUBLED TIMES
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)
2018-02-23, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-04-27, Ottawa, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat — SAVE THE DATE!
2018-06-08, Durham, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2017-10-26, Szczecin, Co jest rzeczywiste? Podstawowe dobro wszystkich zjawisk
2017-10-28, Berlin, Qi Gong #1 & 2
2017-11-24, Paris, MAITRI ET DANSE CONTEMPLATIVE
2017-11-26, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2017-12-02, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 1 i 2
2017-12-08, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2017-12-26, Marburg, Die Essenz des Lebens nähren - Qigong Stufen 1-3
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Half Dathün
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Weekthün
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
2018-03-26, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong Practice

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-10-27, Karme Choling, Awake Society, Now
2017-11-02, Pittsburgh, You Are Not: Exploring Selflessness Part 2
2017-11-09, Pittsburgh, You Are: Exploring Selflessness Part 3
2017-11-18, Atlanta, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Charlie Goetzl, ) Deepening Our Community of Educators
2017-11-30, Washington D.C, The Warrior's Journey: Public Talk
2017-12-03, Washington D.C, Special Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-12-07, Pittsburgh, Thursday Evening Dharma Talks
2017-12-14, Pittsburgh, Thursday Evening Dharma Talks
2017-12-21, Pittsburgh, Thursday Evening Dharma Talks
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
2018-01-20, Pittsburgh, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
2018-02-24, Baltimore (Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Shambhala Educator Training
2018-03-10, Pittsburgh, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) Training
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - March 2018
2018-04-12, Pittsburgh, Bridge of Light: Bridging Werma Practice with Living Experience: A Werma & Scorpion Seal Retreat

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2017-11-10, Krakow, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali/ Shambhala Training Level I
2017-12-26, Pioneer Valley, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-01-19, Pioneer Valley, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2018-03-23, Austin, Save the Date: Public Talk with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-03-24, Austin, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation
2018-10-11, Birmingham, Acharya visit

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2017-12-15, Warsaw, Nauki o 6 paramitach i Ślubowanie Bodhisattwy/ Teaching on 6 paramitas and the Bodhisattva Vow
2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, Spring Datun - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, Spring Datun - Intensive Meditation Retreat - First 2 weeks
2018-04-23, Vienna, Save the date: Frühlingswoche mit Acharya Barbara Märtens

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2017-11-03, Halifax, For Teens! The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level 1
2018-01-13, Birmingham (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-01-13, Birmingham, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-02-11, Santiago, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea Regional del Mundo Sagrado y Abhisheka del Rigden

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2017-12-27, Berkeley, The Moon of Kindness: A Societal Winter Retreat
2018-02-02, Albuquerque, Rigden Weekend
2018-02-24, Casa Werma Mexico, Rousing Drala: All those gods of the cosmic lineage who command coincidence
2018-03-08, Boulder, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - MEEK & PERKY
2018-04-19, Boulder, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - Outrageous & Inscrutable

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, Walking the Bodhisattva Path / Caminar por la senda del bodhisattva
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, The Three Jewels and the Refuge Vow
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, (WBP in French) Cheminer sur la voie du bodhisattva
2017-11-24, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
2017-12-01, Marseille, Werma avec Acharya Mathias Pongracz
2017-12-27, Vienna, Die Erde berühren – Winterretreat „Zwischen den Zeiten“
2018-01-01, Vienna, Ashe reveals Confidence and Compassion – Winterretreat II
2018-01-20, Lyon, L'art d'être humain - Niveau 1 de l'Apprentissage Shambhala
2018-04-27, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 1 : L'art d'être humain
2018-04-30, Dechen Chöling, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Silent - 6 day - Teacher-Led
2018-06-15, Vienna, Ridgen - Unbedingte Zuversicht / Ridgen - Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-02-27, Cologne, Grundlegende Gutheit 2 - wie kann ich helfen?
2018-03-27, Cologne, Rigden Ngöndro Woche

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2017-11-03, Asheville, (with: Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Linda Greenup, ) Wisdom in Everyday Life
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2017
2017-12-08, Atlanta, Rigden
2017-12-26, Atlanta, Winter Weekthun Retreat
2018-01-13, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 9 Practice Intensive
2018-01-21, Karme Choling, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro Retreat
2018-02-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - February 2018
2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun
2018-02-28, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Windhorse
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Drala
2018-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2018
2018-04-21, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival: The Shambhala Lineage of Crazy Wisdom

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2017-11-03, Cologne (Jane Arthur, Deputy Minister of Government Pillar Jani Glavina, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Christoph Schönherr ) Shambhala Regionaltreffen der dt. Gruppen- und Zentrumsleitungen
2017-11-10, Amsterdam, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Meino Zeillemaker, ) Maitri Space Awareness 1
2017-11-18, Atlanta (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Charlie Goetzl, ) Deepening Our Community of Educators

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2017-10-29, Nashville, Contentment in Everyday Life
2017-12-26, Halifax, Winter Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive -- Shambhala Dzogchen
2018-02-11, Santiago (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea Regional del Mundo Sagrado y Abhisheka del Rigden
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2018

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2017-12-27, Cologne, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Marita Heukelom, ) Winterretreat - Shambhala Meditation
2017-12-27, Cologne, Rigden Ngöndro Praxiswoche

Acharya Alan Schwartz's schedule:

2017-10-28, San Francisco, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level One for Youth (Ages 12-18)
2017-12-08, Berkeley, Rigden Weekend
2018-01-12, Berkeley, Golden Key

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

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
2018-03-06, Boulder, Awakening In Society: How Can I Help?

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2017-10-26, Los Angeles, Exploring the Feminine Principle in Leadership: A Public Talk (Eagle Rock)
2017-10-27, Los Angeles, RIGDEN: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership (Westside)
2017-11-03, Seattle, (with: Acharya Susan Skjei, JoAnn Schindler, Steven Byers, ) Foundations of Authentic Leadership
2018-01-12, Seattle, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership
2018-01-16, Boulder, Awakening In Society: What is Real?

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Friday Evening Talk
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again
2017-11-12, New York, The New York Ashe Society
2017-11-17, Philadelphia, Golden Key - DATE TO BE RESCHEDULED
2017-12-01, Brunswick/Portland, UNCONDITIONAL CONFIDENCE: RIGDEN WEEKEND
2018-01-22, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2018-02-23, Boston, Kurukulla Intensive
2017-11-10, Sao Paulo, (with: Shastri York Stillman, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Aprendizado Shambhala - nivel Chave de Ouro

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2017-11-10, Malaga, Bondad fundamental 3: la bondad fundamental de la realidad (Málaga)
2018-02-02, Madrid, Las tres joyas del budismo en el mundo actual (Madrid)
2018-02-04, Madrid, Ceremonia del voto del refugio (Madrid)

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

2018-03-23, Cologne, Garuda und Drache - unerhört und unergründlich
2018-03-26, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong Practice