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.

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Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2020-03-21, Denver, A Bridge for All Travelers: Compassion Training for Health & Resilience (Urban Retreat)
2020-03-21, Denver, A Bridge for All Travelers: Compassion Training for Health & Resilience (Weekend Only)
2020-04-11, Boulder, Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 4
2020-05-02, Denver, Taoist Qigong Level 4

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2020-03-04, Ticino, Sorridi alla paura - Shambhala Training Livello 2
2020-03-13, Ticino, Shambhala Training - Livello 2: Sorridi alla paura a Lugo (RA)
2020-07-25, Ticino, (with: Acharya Daniele Bollini, Giovanna Lucchini, ) Ritiro a Casa Garuda

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2020-03-06, Seattle, Seattle Shambhala 2020 Weekthun: Celebrating the Vajrayana
2020-03-26, Boulder, Touching the Fruition, A Five-Day Vajrayana Program
2020-05-08, Montreal, Treasure of the Three Yanas
2020-05-08, Montreal, The Treasury of the Three Yanas
2020-10-02, Dorje Denma Ling, Celebrating the Vajrayana

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2020-03-03, Vancouver, Awakening the Heart III: Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta
2020-03-21, Vancouver, Jizo and White Tara Retreat
2020-04-12, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course I: The First Noble Truth

Acharya Han de Wit's schedule:

2020-03-28, Amsterdam, Ashe Mahamudra
2020-04-04, Arnhem, Fundamentele goedheid in tijden van crisis - Een dag met Han de Wit

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2020-06-13, Pittsburgh, Qigong 4 - Iron and Silk: Strengthening the Body, Cleansing the Internal Organs
2020-06-15, Pittsburgh, Qigong 5 - Limitless Qi, Limitless Consciousness
2020-08-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
2020-10-25, Dorje Denma Ling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1-3

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2020-03-26, Gran Canaria, Intrepidez en la Vida Cotidiana (FIEL)
2020-04-06, Boulder, The Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part I
2020-05-04, Boulder, The Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part II
2020-06-01, Boulder, Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part III
2020-06-05, Boulder, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2020-03-19, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Class
2020-04-11, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2020-04-30, Albuquerque, JOY In EVERYDAY LIFE (JIEL)

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2020-02-29, Austin, 2020 Vajrayana Gathering
2020-03-01, Austin, Children's Blessing
2020-03-01, Austin, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2020-04-24, Ottawa, Weekend Retreat: Making a True Move
2020-04-24, Ottawa, Evening Presentation: Introductory Session to Making a True Move

Acharya Dan Hessey's schedule:

2020-02-29, Boulder, Annual New Year Lhasang at Chautauqua Park
2020-04-18, Edmonton, One Day Meditation Retreat: Creating a Culture of Kindness

Acharya Lodro Dorje Holm's schedule:

2020-03-28, Halifax, Clarifying the Natural State - A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2020-04-03, Prague, Shambhala Training: Drala

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2020-06-05, Dorje Denma Ling, Nine-Day Mahamudra Retreat 2020
2020-06-05, Dorje Denma Ling, Chariot of Mahamudra Weekend Retreat
2020-12-05, Austin, Love and Power

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2020-03-21, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health
2020-04-05, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2020-04-07, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2020-04-09, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2020-04-25, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 1 & Poziom 2 / QiGong Level 1 & Level 2
2020-05-16, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4
2020-06-06, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2020-07-18, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2020-07-23, Vienna, Goldener Schlüssel - Golden Key
2020-08-15, Prague, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Magda Brancewicz, ) Letní rodinný program / Summer Family Program
2020-08-22, Prague, Weeklong Meditation Retreat (weekthun) and Rigden Weekend
2020-03-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Sarah Lipton, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Bringing Vision to Earth: An In-Depth Journey

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2020-03-24, Pittsburgh, At the Edge of Awakening: A Journey through Buddhist Paths of Meditation and View
2020-05-09, Lexington, Visiting Teacher Program

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2020-04-17, Krakow, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali/ Shambhala Training Level I
2020-05-02, Bern, Das Herzsutra
2020-06-30, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2020-08-02, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2020-08-02, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - First Half
2020-08-16, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - Second Half

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2020-02-26, Pioneer Valley, Shambhala Wednesday night - Shifting from the Head to the Heart
2020-03-15, Shambhala Online (Sarah Lipton, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Bringing Vision to Earth: An In-Depth Journey
2020-04-12, Shambhala Online (Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course I: The First Noble Truth
2020-06-13, Berkeley, Radical Responsibility: A Summer Meditation Retreat
2020-10-23, Krakow, THE EVENT TRAINING (A Breakthrough Training)
2020-11-06, Krakow, Podstawowa Dobroć Społeczeństwa - Jak mogę pomóc?
2020-04-05, Victoria, (with: Susan McConnell, Acharya Noel McLellan, Basia Solarz, ) Sexual Harm, Trauma, and the Healing Journey

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2020-02-29, Casa Werma Mexico, Yeshe Tsogyal: The Inseparable Union of Masculine and Feminine Principles

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2020-02-28, Marseille, L'aventure Shambhala : vivre dans le défi
2020-02-29, Marseille, Qigong chinois traditionnel (niveaux 1 & 2)
2020-03-13, Paris, Espace du Coeur, Espace Ouvert 
- Source d’intelligence et de chaleur
2020-03-21, Vienna, Weekthün - Puregg - Haus der Stille
2020-04-18, Dechen Chöling, Why Vajrayana?
2020-04-25, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2020-06-20, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)
2020-11-01, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 3

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2020-04-12, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Discovering the Moon of Human Kindness - Sadhana of Kindness Retreat
2020-10-03, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Warrior Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2020-02-26, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal 10 Dathün
2020-02-26, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal 10 Dathün: First Two Weeks
2020-05-21, Gran Canaria, Sabiduría en la Vida Cotidiana (WIEL)
2020-06-30, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 8
2020-08-07, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 10R

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2020-04-12, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Discovering the Moon of Human Kindness - Sadhana of Kindness Retreat
2020-04-24, Berlin, Der Mond der Güte
2020-10-03, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2020-03-17, Albuquerque, CONTENTMENT in EVERYDAY LIFE (CIEL)
2020-04-23, Toronto, Discovering Your Authentic Being: An LGBTQ Gathering
2020-04-25, Toronto, Engaged Compassion: Living as a Bodhisattva-Warrior

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2020-03-17, Casa Werma Mexico, Limitless Ayatanas: Scorpion Seal and Werma Practice Intensive
2020-03-31, Shambhala Online, White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
2020-06-26, Dorje Denma Ling, (with: Basia Solarz, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Shambhala Queer Dharma Retreat

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2020-04-03, Philadelphia, Entering the Stream: a Retreat with Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2020-04-24, Albany, Entering the Stream: a retreat including Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2020-05-15, Boulder, The Wish Fulfilling Jewel: Money & Sacredness
2020-05-22, Denver, Armor of Fearlessness: Teaching on Death, Dying and the Bardos
2020-06-20, Dorje Denma Ling, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro & Werma Practice Intensive
2020-06-26, Dorje Denma Ling (Basia Solarz, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Shambhala Queer Dharma Retreat

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2020-03-14, Madrid, (with: Acharya Alfonso Taboada, Rosa González-Ubeda, ) La batalla del ego (Madrid)
2020-06-26, Gran Canaria, RIGDEN, Confianza Incondicional
2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health