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:

2018-01-21, Auckland, One day programme: Cultivating Compassion
2018-04-15, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Ngöndro Instructor Training

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2018-02-17, , Livello 1 Shambhala Training - a Milano
2018-02-17, Milano, Livello 1 Shambhala Training - Magia ordinaria: l'arte di essere umani.
2018-02-21, Ticino, Meditazione e comunicazione

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2018-01-26, Amsterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2018-03-16, Arnhem, Lojong geest training in combinatie met tong len oefeningen
2018-07-07, Dechen Chöling (Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2018-01-27, Los Angeles, Shambhala Training HEART OF WARRIORSHIP Level II - Birth of the Warrior (Eagle Rock)

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2018-02-19, Boulder, Ashe, The Essence of Life
2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2018-02-24, Rotterdam, Ngöndro retreat with Acharya Orhun Cercel
2018-03-02, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training Rigden weekend - Onvoorwaardelijk zelfvertrouwen
2018-04-28, London, Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-01-22, Shambhala Online, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - January 2018
2018-01-26, Edmonton, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri David Kahane, ) Creating a Community of Kindness
2018-02-08, Washington D.C, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: How the Principles of Contemplative Psychology Inform Our Relationships
2018-02-09, Washington D.C, The Power of Peacemaking + Teacher Circle Workshop
2018-02-10, Washington D.C, The Power of Peacemaking: Conversations that Interrupt Hatred and Open Our Hearts
2018-04-07, Nelson, Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Practices Retreat
2018-04-14, Vancouver, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence (Prerequisites Apply)
2018-04-15, Shambhala Online, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - April 2018

Acharya Pema Chödron's schedule:

2018-03-01, Gampo Abbey, 2018 Yarne Winter Retreat lead by Gampo Acharya Pema Chodron

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2018-01-26, Albany, Mudra - Body and Space Awareness
2018-02-23, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Bill Brauer, ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
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:

2018-02-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2018
2018-06-22, Karme Choling, Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2018-07-07, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

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:

2018-01-27, Tulsa, The Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2018-02-04, Austin, Children's Blessing
2018-02-04, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows
2018-02-04, Austin, Refuge Vows
2018-02-07, Austin, Public Talk: The Power of Ordinary Kindness
2018-02-10, Austin, The Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2018-02-15, San Antonio, Public Talk: The Power of Ordinary Kindness
2018-02-17, San Antonio, The Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2018-02-20, San Antonio, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-02-20, San Antonio, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-02-24, Dallas, Acharya Moh Hardin Visit - On Kindness
2018-02-27, Dallas, Refuge Vow Ceremony with Acharya Moh Hardin
2018-02-27, Dallas, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony with Acharya Moh Hardin
2018-03-02, Austin, Rigden Weekend
2018-03-02, Dallas, Rigden Weekend (Austin)

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2018-01-26, Sky Lake, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2018-02-09, Malaga, El arte de ser humano. Nivel 1 del Aprendizaje Shambhala (Málaga)
2018-03-16, Bristol, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2018-07-05, Bristol, (with: Acharya David Hope, Shastri Jane Hope, ) Enlightened Society Assembly - Residential Programme in the UK

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-01-21, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)
2018-02-17, Sky Lake, Shambhala Sadhana Retreat
2018-02-18, Sky Lake, Shambhala Dzokchen Retreat
2018-02-23, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-04-13, Victoria, Shambhala Meditation: Radical Simplicity For A Troubled World
2018-04-16, Victoria, Vajrayana Practice Day: Ashe Mahamudra
2018-04-27, Ottawa, ASHE MAHAMUDRA RETREAT
2018-05-05, Seattle, RADICAL SIMPLICITY: Shambhala Meditation for a Troubled World
2018-06-08, Durham, Rigden Weekend
2018-08-10, Dorje Denma Ling, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-04-15, Berlin (Shastri Achim Schlage, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, ) Tiger für alle – Shambhala in Worte fassen
2018-04-20, Cape Town, Fynbos Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2018-04-27, Cape Town, Level 1
2018-09-21, Hamburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 3 - Kriegerin/Krieger in der Welt

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2018-02-17, Szczecin, Trzy Klejnoty i Samsara / Samsara and the Three Jewels
2018-03-02, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2018-03-07, Berlin, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro City Retreat
2018-03-16, Besancon, Qu'est ce qui est réel ? La Bonté Fondamentale des phénomènes - Deuxième Partie
2018-03-26, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong Practice
2018-04-15, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Ngöndro Instructor Training
2018-05-09, Marseille, Festival Shambhala
2018-06-09, Paris, Qigong chinois traditionnel (niveaux 1 & 2)
2018-06-11, Paris, Bouddhisme, taoïsme et Shambhala
2018-06-15, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2018-07-07, Besancon, Qi Gong niveaux 1 et 2
2018-07-13, Vienna, Enlightened Society Assembly in Vienna

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

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
2018-04-21, Mississauga, Relaxing into Basic Openness (Saturday only)
2018-04-21, Mississauga, Relaxing into Basic Openness (Saturday/Sunday)
2018-04-21, Toronto, Relaxing into Basic Openness: Both Saturday and Sunday
2018-04-21, Toronto, Relaxing into Basic Openness: Saturday Only
2018-09-28, Mississauga, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Jane Arthur, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Bartłomiej Kociemba, ) Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Bartłomiej Kociemba, ) Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - First 2 weeks
2018-03-09, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Bartłomiej Kociemba, ) Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - Second 2 weeks
2018-03-23, Vienna, In Zeiten von Umbruch mit Kraft und Wärme des Herzens der Welt begegnen

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2018-02-23, Karme Choling, A Retreat on Shambhala Meditation
2018-03-23, Austin, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation
2018-03-23, Austin, Public Talk with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-04-20, Washington D.C, The Art of Being Human in Challenging Times: Special Shambhala Training Level I
2018-10-11, Birmingham, Acharya visit

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2018-04-07, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2018-04-07, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)
2018-04-07, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün: (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)
2018-04-22, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4)
2018-02-11, Santiago, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Regional Sacred World Assembly

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2018-02-02, Albuquerque, Rigden Weekend
2018-02-05, Albuquerque, Public Talk: Yeshe Tsogyal and the Feminine Principle
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
2018-02-01, New York, (with: Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Acharya Eric Spiegel, David Perrin, Dr. Shante Smalls, ) Shambhala Training: The Complete Path

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2018-01-27, Lyon, L'art d'être humain - Niveau 1 de l'Apprentissage Shambhala
2018-02-02, Cape Town, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, MaryAnne Botha, ) Level 5 - Open Sky
2018-02-08, Cape Town, Open Talk: Beyond Mindfulness - Creating a Culture of Kindness
2018-02-09, Cape Town, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, MaryAnne Botha, ) Rigden Weekend
2018-02-24, Vienna, Daoistisches QiGong, Stufe 1 & 2
2018-03-04, London, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Jude Hudson, ) Coming Home
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, (WBP in French) Cheminer sur la voie du bodhisattva
2018-03-16, Paris, Ashe Mahamudra
2018-03-23, Budapest, A kedvesség kultúrája – Mindfulness a társadalomban
2018-04-14, Vienna, Weekthun in Puregg mit Mathias Pongracz
2018-04-27, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 1 : L'art d'être humain
2018-04-30, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2018-06-06, Prague, Ashe Mahamudra
2018-06-15, Vienna, Ridgen - Unbedingte Zuversicht / Ridgen - Unconditional Confidence
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly - France
2018-11-03, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-02-22, Ruhrgebiet, Furchtlosigkeit im Alltag
2018-02-27, Cologne, Grundlegende Gutheit 2 - wie kann ich helfen?
2018-03-11, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 1. Treffen
2018-03-24, Prague, Zimní rodinný program
2018-03-24, Prague, Winter Family Program
2018-05-13, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 2. Treffen
2018-05-25, Marburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 5: Offener Himmel
2018-06-14, Cologne, Bedingungslose Zuversicht (Rigden Wochenende)
2018-09-23, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 3. Treffen
2018-12-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

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, Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, and Drala: Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Great Eastern Sun: Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-02-28, Karme Choling, Windhorse: Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, Drala: Shambhala Sacred Path
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:

2018-03-11, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 1. Treffen
2018-05-13, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 2. Treffen
2018-05-25, Amsterdam, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Meino Zeillemaker, ) Maitri Space Awareness 2
2018-09-23, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 3. Treffen
2018-12-09, Cologne (Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2018-02-11, Santiago (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Regional Sacred World Assembly
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2018
2018-04-15, Berlin, (with: Shastri Achim Schlage, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, ) Tiger für alle – Shambhala in Worte fassen

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2018-03-10, London, Making Your Mark: A Weekend of Calligraphy and Mindful Writing
2018-03-27, Cologne, Rigden Ngöndro Woche
2018-07-07, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2018-03-06, Boulder, Awakening In Society: How Can I Help?
2018-04-15, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2018-01-22, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2018-02-01, New York (Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Acharya Eric Spiegel, David Perrin, Dr. Shante Smalls ) Shambhala Training: The Complete Path
2018-02-23, Boston, Kurukulla Intensive
2018-03-09, New York, Entering the Stream: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2018-06-01, Los Angeles, Shambhala Training SACRED PATH: Golden Key (Eagle Rock)
2018-06-22, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2018-07-09, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2018-09-28, Gainesville, Unconditional Confidence: Rigden Weekend
2018-10-01, Gainesville, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies
2018-12-14, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

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:

2018-03-11, Leiden, SSA5 beoefening en studiedag
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