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:

2017-08-26, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Daniel Hessey, ) Shambhala Educator Training
2017-09-08, Austin, Public Talk: Meditating with Body and Mind
2017-09-09, Austin, Qigong I & II
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
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 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:

2017-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Suzann Duquette ) Shambhala Vajra Sangha Retreat
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

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2017-09-16, London, Shambhala Training Level 1: 'The Art of Being Human'
2017-10-26, London, Contentment in Everyday Life
2017-11-03, Madrid, Cielo abierto (Madrid)

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-09-23, Hamburg, In schwierigen Zeiten Frieden stärken
2017-10-01, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - October 2017
2017-11-04, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-11-17, Edmonton, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2017-09-29, Albany, Mudra - Body and Space Awareness
2017-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Suzann Duquette ) Shambhala Vajra Sangha Retreat
2017-10-26, St. Johnsbury, SSA Talk
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, Shambhala Ritual Academy II
2017-12-01, Durham, Shambhala Sadhana Feast
2017-12-02, Durham, Daoist Qigong Levels I & II
2018-03-09, 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:

2017-09-08, Boulder, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2017
2017-10-19, Boulder, Refuge Vow Class
2017-10-29, Boulder, REFUGE VOW CEREMONY

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2017-08-20, Boulder (Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) COMMUNITY MEETING and LUNCH
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
2017-11-14, 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

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:

2017-10-06, Philadelphia, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Retreat
2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2017

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2017-08-19, 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
2017-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Suzann Duquette ) Shambhala Vajra Sangha Retreat
2017-10-06, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Shambhala Educator Training
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
2018-03-16, Bristol, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Martin Janowitz's schedule:

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
2017-09-08, Baltimore, Maitri Five Wisdoms
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
2017-10-06, Chicago, The Radical Simplicity of Shambhala Meditation
2017-10-09, Chicago, VAJRAYANA INTENSIVE: SHAMBHALA DZOKCHEN
2017-10-15, Chicago, Refuge Vow
2017-10-15, Chicago, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
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 Retreat — SAVE THE DATE!
2017-11-11, Shambhala Northern California, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat — SAVE THE DATE!
2017-12-02, Milwaukee, VAJRAYANA RETREAT: ASHE MAHAMUDRA
2017-12-09, Madison, FINDING YOUR WAY IN A TROUBLED WORLD - The radical way of Shambhala Meditation
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!

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2017-10-21, Bern, Frieden schaffen
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)
2017-12-08, 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

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2017-09-29, Chicago, Ministry of Health for the Kingdom of Shambhala: Creating Enlightened Healthcare
2017-10-19, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Emily Bower, Acharya Mitchell Levy, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-08-20, Davis, The View of Families and Children in Shambhala
2017-10-06, Boulder, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Sangyum Wendy Friedman, ) Growing Brave: Shambhala Families & Children Conference
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - October 2017
2017-10-21, Pittsburgh, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
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
2017-11-30, Washington D.C, The Warrior's Journey: Public Talk
2017-12-03, Washington D.C, Special Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-12-30, 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

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2017-09-09, Windhorse Retreat, Radical Responsibility: Transformational Strategies for Effective Social Action
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

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2017-09-08, Stockholm, Introduction to Karuna Training with Barbara Märtens
2017-09-15, Madrid, Introducción a la psicología contemplativa (Madrid)
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/ Teaching on 6 paramitas and the Bodhisattva Vow

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
2017-08-25, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 8
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2017-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Shambhala Vajra Sangha Retreat
2018-01-13, Birmingham, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2017-12-27, Shambhala Northern California, Moon of Kindness Winter Reterat
2018-02-02, Albuquerque, Rigden Weekend
2018-02-24, Casa Werma Mexico, Rousing Drala: All those gods of the cosmic lineage who command coincidence

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2017-10-07, Dechen Chöling, The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Silent retreat
2017-11-24, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
2017-12-01, Marseille, Rigden, la confiance inconditionnelle
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
2017-10-14, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal: Year 7
2017-11-06, Asheville, Wisdom in Everyday Life
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2017
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
2018-03-02, 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:

2017-10-07, Madrid, El arte de ser humano. Aprende a meditar
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
2017-10-03, Albuquerque, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Colleen Cummins, ) Contentment in Everyday Life
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2017

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2017-09-07, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 2
2017-09-30, Ottawa, PARENTING AS PATH
2017-10-06, Paris, La Voie Shambhala – Rigden : la confiance inconditionnelle

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:

2017-08-20, Boulder, (with: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) COMMUNITY MEETING and LUNCH
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

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

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

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-09-01, Sao Paulo, (with: Acharya Eric Spiegel, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, ) ASSEMBLEIA DE GUERREIROS
2017-09-11, Sao Paulo, Votos de Refúgio
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
2017-10-10, New York, Weekly Dharma Gathering: Essentials of the Shambhala Teachings
2017-10-13, Pioneer Valley, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Weekend
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 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)

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