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
2017-08-26, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Daniel Hessey, ) Shambhala Educator Training
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
2018-02-24, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Shambhala Educator Training

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2017-09-07, Dechen Chöling (Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 2
2017-10-13, Arnhem, Lo Jong geest training in combinatie met tong len oefeningen

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

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, 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

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2017-06-29, Marburg, Ridgen Wochenende / Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-09-16, London, Shambhala Training Level 1: 'The Art of Being Human'

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
2017-11-17, Edmonton, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

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
2018-04-27, Karme Choling, QiGong Levels 1-3
2018-04-27, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2018-04-29, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2017-08-07, 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 Holly Gayley's schedule:

2017-09-22, Boulder, Yeshe Tsogyal: A Celebration of Feminine Principle (Fri night only)
2017-10-06, Baltimore (Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Shambhala Educator Training
2017-12-15, Casa Werma Mexico, Half-Dathun: Illuminating Basic Goodness
2017-12-15, Casa Werma Mexico, Weekthun: Illuminating Basic Goodness

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 Daniel Hessey's schedule:

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
2017-08-26, Baltimore (Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Daniel Hessey, ) Shambhala Educator Training
2017-10-06, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Shambhala Educator Training

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2017-10-20, Bristol, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering

Acharya Martin Janowitz's schedule:

2017-08-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Martin Janowitz, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-15, Boulder, (with: Acharya Martin Janowitz, ) Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action
2017-09-15, Boulder, (with: Acharya Martin Janowitz, ) Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action (Fri. only)
2017-09-17, Boulder, (with: Acharya Martin Janowitz, ) Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action (Sunday only)

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-09-07, Baltimore, Special Open House Talk: Acharya Richard John
2017-09-08, Baltimore, Maitri: The Five Wisdom Energies
2017-09-12, Baltimore, Shambhala Refuge & Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies
2017-09-15, Atlanta, Shambhala Dzokchen
2017-09-17, Atlanta, The Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-09-17, Atlanta, The Refuge Vow Ceremony
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:

2017-07-08, Krakow, QiGong
2017-08-13, Dechen Chöling, Summer Ngöndro Retreat
2017-10-26, Szczecin, Co jest rzeczywiste? Podstawowe dobro wszystkich zjawisk
2017-11-26, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2017-12-08, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 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

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

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
2017-11-18, Atlanta, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Charlie Goetzl, ) Deepening Our Community of Educators
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
2018-02-24, Baltimore (Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Shambhala Educator Training

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

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:

2017-07-31, 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
2017-09-22, Brussels, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Faradee Rudy, ) Shambhala Level 1 'The Art of Being Human' - Niveau 1 'l'Art d'être humain'
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:

2017-07-07, 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:

2017-08-13, 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, 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
2017-11-18, Atlanta (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Charlie Goetzl, ) Deepening Our Community of Educators

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2017-09-01, Sao Paulo (Acharya Eric Spiegel, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, ) ASSEMBLEIA 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:

2017-06-28, 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 Susan Skjei's schedule:

2017-10-27, Los Angeles, (Westside) RIGDEN: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

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, ) ASSEMBLEIA 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 Han Wit's schedule:

2017-10-13, Leiden, (with: Acharya Han Wit, Shastri Ancilla Steekelenburg, ) Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens-zijn
2017-09-08, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) The Natural World as Teacher