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:

2019-01-05, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Weekthun A option) near Euroa, Victoria
2019-01-05, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Half-Dathun), near Euroa, Victoria
2019-01-05, Northern Rivers(AUS), Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Half Dathun) near Euroa, Victoria.
2019-01-05, Sydney, 2019 Meditation and Qigong retreat - Half Dathun
2019-01-05, Sydney, 2019 Meditation and Qigong Retreat - Weekthun option
2019-01-12, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Weekthun B option) near Euroa, Victoria
2019-01-19, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Way of the Moon Retreat with Acharya Dale Asrael, in Victoria, Australia
2019-01-19, Sydney, Summer 2019 Way of the Moon Retreat
2019-03-01, Boulder, Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2019-03-24, Denver, City Retreat / Weekthün
2019-04-10, Boulder, Bodhisattva Class
2019-04-13, Chicago, Taoist Qigong Level 4
2019-04-16, Casa Werma Mexico, SPMI Training, Part 2
2019-04-28, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2019-01-20, Ticino, Accontentarsi nella vita quotidiana
2019-03-08, Ticino, I tre gioielli
2019-03-13, Ticino, Ascolto profondo - Meditazione e comunicazione

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2019-01-11, Rotterdam, VOL-De Weg van de Maan-VOL
2019-02-22, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Fred van Welsem, ) Regionale Verlichte Samenlevingsbijeenkomst (ESA) Uitgesteld

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2019-02-16, San Diego, Rigden Weekend
2019-02-18, San Diego, Bodhisattva Vows
2019-02-18, San Diego, Refuge Vows

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life
2019-03-08, Szczecin, The Kingdom of Sacredness Shambhala Kyerim

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2019-01-19, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Tessa Watt, ) Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'
2019-02-01, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2019-03-30, London, Shambhala Training Weekend II: 'Birth of the Warrior'

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-12-26, Vancouver, Scorpion Seal Assembly Winter Retreat: A Gathering of Heart Warriors
2019-01-11, Juneau, Kindness and Compassion
2019-01-12, Juneau, The Heart of Compassion
2019-01-20, Edmonton, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri David Kahane, ) Community Mahayana Retreat
2019-02-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - February 2019
2019-02-16, Lexington, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Mary Sehlinger, ) Profound Kindness Retreat - Weeklong
2019-02-16, Lexington, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Mary Sehlinger, ) Weekend Only Kindness Retreat
2019-11-02, Victoria, Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Han De Wit's schedule:

2019-02-22, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2019-01-12, Baltimore, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 & 2
2019-02-17, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Michael Greenleaf, Shastri Bill Brauer, ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
2019-03-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthun: A Week of Meditation
2019-04-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Mudra Space Awareness
2019-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 3 & 4
2019-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3
2019-04-26, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-12-27, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Shambhala Weekthün: A Winter Refuge Retreat
2019-02-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2019
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico (Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2018
2019-05-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - May 2019

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2019-02-09, Austin, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times
2019-03-03, Austin, Children's Blessing
2019-03-03, Austin, Refuge Vows
2019-03-03, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2018
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico, (with: Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat
2019-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2019

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2018-12-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Shastri Janet Solyntjes, ) Month-Long Winter Meditation Retreat: Simplicity Dathün

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2018-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering
2019-02-16, London, The Four Reminders
2019-03-02, Bristol, Level 1 - Art of Being Human in Dorchester
2019-03-16, Bristol, Windhorse

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-12-26, Atlanta, Four Dignities Winter Weekthun Retreat
2018-12-30, Atlanta, The Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-12-30, Atlanta, The Refuge Vow Ceremony
2019-01-25, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-02-08, Durham, What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha
2019-02-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Mahamudra Retreat
2019-02-27, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-04-05, Austin, Awakening Your Five Wisdom Energies: The Practice of Maitri
2019-04-26, Ottawa, Chariot of Mahamudra
2019-04-29, Ottawa, Ashe Mahamudra Day
2019-06-07, Victoria, Acharya Richard John

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2019-03-17, Prague, Zimní rodinný program 2019
2019-06-09, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly
2019-09-20, Marburg, Shambhala Training: Stufe 1 - Magie des Alltags

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2018-12-15, Krakow, QiGong 1 i 2 / QiGong Level 1 and 2
2019-01-10, London, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) Training, Part 2
2019-01-20, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2019-01-22, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2019-02-08, Szczecin, Otwarte Niebo: Poziom V Treningu Shambhali / Shambhala Training Level V
2019-02-15, Amsterdam, Qigong niveau 3 met Acharya Samten Kobelt
2019-03-01, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4
2019-03-22, Paris, Arts contemplatifs - Danse contemplative
2019-05-31, Szczecin, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Charlene Leung's schedule:

2018-12-27, Berkeley (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Shambhala Weekthün: A Winter Refuge Retreat
2019-01-01, Berkeley, Refuge Vow Ceremony

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2019-01-10, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Learning Circles, 2019
2019-03-02, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Spring Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-04-06, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Spring Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-05-04, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Early Summer Retreat Day (closed group)

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2019-02-08, Paris, Week-end méditation Shambhala
2019-02-15, Rotterdam, Rigden weekend
2019-03-22, Hamburg, Rigden Wochenende

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2019-02-15, Cleveland, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2019-03-22, Minneapolis, Radical Responsibility: The Path of Authentic Relationships

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2019-01-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathun: A Month of Meditation
2019-01-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Weekthun (Dathun: Week 1)
2019-01-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)
2019-01-21, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 3-4)

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2019-03-22, Austin, Vajrayana City Retreat: Magnetizing the Greater Community - A Vajrayana Retreat Exploring Lineage, Samaya, and Sacred Outlook
2019-03-22, San Antonio, Regional Vajrayana City Retreat (in Austin)

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2019-02-02, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)
2019-03-23, Vienna, Weekthün - Puregg - Haus der Stille
2019-04-12, Marseille, Rigden, la confiance inconditionnelle
2019-05-05, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-12-27, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Winterklausur - Das Sadhana der Güte
2019-01-18, Hamburg, Shambhala Training: Stufe 5 - Offener Himmel
2019-07-12, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Friederike Tröscher, ) Body-Mind-Centering und Meditation

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2019-02-09, Karme Choling, Vajrayana Retreat: HUM, ASHE, and All the Elements
2019-02-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - February 2019
2019-02-17, Karme Choling (Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Michael Greenleaf, Shastri Bill Brauer ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
2019-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2019
2019-04-20, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival
2019-05-22, Karme Choling, Tip of the Arrow: Scorpion Seal 10 Practice Retreat (Repeat Participants)
2019-10-08, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal: Year 8

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2018-12-27, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Winterklausur - Das Sadhana der Güte
2019-03-02, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2019-03-02, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - First 2 Weeks
2019-03-17, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - Second 2 weeks
2019-05-15, Prague, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Jitka Holubcova, ) Meditation Instructor Training Part 2

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2018-12-26, Halifax, Bodhisattva-Warrior Community Weekthun
2019-02-28, Halifax, Contentment in Everyday Life
2019-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2019

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2019-03-23, London, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Claire Van Rhyn, ) Save the Date: Arts Weekend

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2019-01-11, Shambhala Mountain Center, Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2019-03-22, Madrid, El camino del guerrero bodhisattva (Madrid)