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 Marianne Bots's schedule:

2021-03-09, Vancouver, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Eric Spiegel, John Fox, ) Foundations of Freedom: Hinayana Class 5 The Fourth Noble Truth THE PATH
2021-10-29, Cologne, Bedingungslose Zuversicht - Rigden Wochenende

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2021-03-20, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Acharya Dan Hessey, Shastri Donna Williams, ) Unmasking the Three Lords of Materialism: Three-Month Study Cycle
2021-04-03, Karme Choling, Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Weekend
2022-09-16, Karme Choling (Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Creating Strategies for your QiGong Practice

Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2021-03-06, Albuquerque, A Time to Go Deeper: Core Foundational Teachings
2021-03-06, Boulder, A Time to Go Deeper: Core Foundational Teachings
2021-03-06, Denver, A Time to Go Deeper – Core Foundational Teachings
2021-03-06, Los Angeles, A Time to Go Deeper: Core Foundational Teachings [Online]
2021-03-06, Phoenix, A Time to Go Deeper: Core Foundational Teachings ONLINE (from Boulder)
2021-03-06, Portland, A Time to Go Deeper: Core Foundational Teachings
2021-03-13, Boulder, Dharma Sagara Practice and Study Intensive
2021-04-10, Berkeley, Secret Beyond Thought: The Second of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas
2021-06-12, Berkeley, Secret Beyond Thought: The Third of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas
2021-08-07, Berkeley, Secret Beyond Thought: The Fourth of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2021-03-13, Austin, Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet: A Vajrayana Weekend Retreat
2021-03-20, Dallas, Transforming Mishaps into the Path of Awareness
2021-03-20, Tulsa, Transforming Mishaps into the Path of Awareness
2021-05-22, San Antonio, Transforming Unwanted Circumstances into the Path of Enlightenment

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2021-03-06, Boston, Welcoming Stuck Places
2021-03-06, Philadelphia, Welcoming Stuck Places with  Arawana Hayashi (Online)
2021-03-13, New York, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human (Online)
2021-04-17, Boulder, Social Presencing Theater

Acharya Dan Hessey's schedule:

2021-03-20, Karme Choling (Acharya Suzann Duquette, Acharya Dan Hessey, Shastri Donna Williams, ) Unmasking the Three Lords of Materialism: Three-Month Study Cycle
2021-04-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Dan Hessey, ) Karma and the 12 Nidanas
2021-04-17, Gainesville, Saturday Night Live: Dharma (Online) Disappointment is the Chariot of the Dharma

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2021-03-13, Berkeley, Waking Up In The Dark Age: May the Path Clarify Confusion
2021-04-11, Shambhala Online, Shambhala Sunday Gathering - Cutting Thoughts: It's Not What You Think
2021-05-15, Santa Rosa, Waking Up in the Dark Age: May Confusion Dawn as Wisdom
2021-06-04, Dorje Denma Ling, Nine-Day Mahamudra Retreat 2021
2021-06-04, Dorje Denma Ling, Chariot of Mahamudra Weekend Retreat 2021

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2021-06-05, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2021-08-07, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4
2022-04-30, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health
2022-05-02, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2022-05-04, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2022-05-06, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2021-03-20, Montreal, (with: Gisèle Laberge, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, ) Tara blanche : cours avec transmission
White Tara Course with Transmission in French

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2021-03-14, Shambhala Online, Melting the Ice and Getting Unstuck: Talks On 'The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva'
2021-04-17, Krakow, QiGong 1 i 2 / QiGong Level 1 and 2
2021-10-23, Dechen Chöling, REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN - Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2021-03-07, Madrid, Profundización a través del diálogo. Charla abierta (por internet)
2021-03-07, Shambhala Online, Shambhala Sunday Gathering - Deepening Through Dialogue I: The Vidyadhara and Interreligious Dialogue
2021-03-13, Gran Canaria, Tara Blanca. Práctica calmante para tiempos difíciles
2021-03-14, Madrid, Profundización a través del diálogo II: La práctica del diálogo (por internet)
2021-03-14, Shambhala Online, White Tara Live Practice Session - March 14
2021-03-14, Shambhala Online, Shambhala Sunday Gathering - Deepening Through Dialogue II: The Practice of Dialogue
2021-03-20, Montreal (Gisèle Laberge, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, ) Tara blanche : cours avec transmission
White Tara Course with Transmission in French

2021-04-11, Shambhala Online, White Tara Live Practice Session - April 11

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2021-03-09, Vancouver (Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Eric Spiegel, John Fox, ) Foundations of Freedom: Hinayana Class 5 The Fourth Noble Truth THE PATH
2021-10-22, New York, Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky (Online)

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2021-03-06, Gran Canaria, El Arte de Ser Humano. Aprende a meditar: Nivel I del Aprendizaje Shambhala
2021-03-06, Madrid, El arte de ser humano. Aprende a meditar: Nivel I (presencial o por internet)
2022-04-30, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health
2022-09-16, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Creating Strategies for your QiGong Practice