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.

2018-06-04, Karme Choling, (with: , Acharya Christie Cashman, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2018-05-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Cynthia Moku, ) Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence
2018-07-11, Birmingham (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-07-14, Boulder, INTRODUCTION TO SHAMBHALA MEDITATION: Proclaiming Basic Goodness
2018-08-24, Shambhala Mountain Center, Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II
2018-09-01, Boulder, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2019-04-16, Casa Werma Mexico, SPMI Training, Part 2

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2018-05-04, Ticino, Livello 1 - L'arte di essere umani
2018-06-08, Ticino, Chi sono io? a Faenza
2018-06-16, Ticino, Conversare è un'arte
2018-06-23, Ticino, Chi sono io? a Milano
2018-07-27, , (with: Acharya Daniele Bollini, Shastri Regula Stockli-Imfeld, ) Assemblea della Società Illuminata - a Casa Garuda
2018-07-27, Ticino, (with: Acharya Daniele Bollini, Shastri Regula Stockli-Imfeld, ) Assemblea della Società Illuminata - a Casa Garuda

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2018-07-07, Dechen Chöling (Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Warrior Assembly
2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Barbara Märtens, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-10-05, Leiden, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Shastri Anne Bakker, ) Shambhala Training 1 - De kunst van het mens-zijn

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2018-06-08, Minneapolis, Rigden Weekend
2018-08-01, Asheville, (with: Norman Bray, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Joy in Everyday Life, Way of Shambhala
2018-08-12, Dorje Denma Ling, (with: Shastri Mary Campbell, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2018-06-04, Karme Choling ( , Acharya Christie Cashman, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One
2018-08-08, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Rigden Abhisheka
2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2018-04-28, London, Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'
2018-05-06, London, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro Day
2018-05-06, London, Vajra Open House: Pointing-Out and the Practice of Ordinary Awareness
2018-06-01, Krakow, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali
2018-06-29, , MAKING THE TEACHINGS MATTER - taking them into our lives
2018-06-29, Stockholm, MAKING THE TEACHINGS MATTER - a weekthun with Orhun Cercel

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-04-22, Shambhala Online, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - April 2018
2018-06-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - June 2018
2018-08-10, Victoria, Way of the Moon: Introducing the Sadhana of Kindness
2018-09-07, Vancouver, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence (Prerequisites Apply)

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

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
2018-06-04, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Two
2018-08-31, Halifax, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Ritual Academy II
2018-09-21, Karme Choling (Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body
2018-11-16, Karme Choling, Mudra Space Awareness
2019-03-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-06-09, Pittsburgh, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2018-06-22, Karme Choling, Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2018-07-07, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)
2018-08-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Shastri Trinley Busby, ) Warrior Assembly
2018-09-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2018
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico (Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2018-05-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - May 2018
2018-08-01, Asheville (Norman Bray, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Joy in Everyday Life, Way of Shambhala
2018-09-14, Shambhala Mountain Center, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Michael Greenleaf's schedule:

2018-08-24, Toronto, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2018-04-28, South Shore, Kindness and the Art of Conversation
2018-09-21, Sydney Cape Breton, Basic Goodness - How can I help?
2018-09-24, Sydney Cape Breton, Harvest of Peace Celebration

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2018-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2018
2018-06-14, Atlanta, Golden Key
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico, (with: Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2018-07-06, Shambhala Mountain Center, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
2018-08-24, Sky Lake, Leadership From The I Ching: Natural Hierarchy & Distributed Empowerment

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2018-07-05, Bristol, (with: Acharya David Hope, Shastri Jane Hope, ) Enlightened Society Assembly - Residential Programme in the UK
2018-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-04-27, Ottawa, Doing the Right Thing: Wisdom in Chaotic Times
2018-04-28, Ottawa, ASHE MAHAMUDRA RETREAT
2018-04-28, Ottawa, Ngondro/Werma Retreat
2018-05-04, Seattle, Children's Blessing Ceremony
2018-05-05, Seattle, RADICAL SIMPLICITY: Shambhala Meditation for a Troubled World
2018-05-07, Seattle, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-06-08, Durham, Rigden Weekend
2018-08-10, Dorje Denma Ling, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2019-02-27, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-04-26, Cape Town, Fynbos Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2018-05-04, Cape Town, The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Level 1
2018-06-08, Warsaw, Poziom I Treningu Shambhali "Sztuka bycia człowiekiem" / Shambhala Training Level I "Art of being human"
2018-07-04, Hamburg, Vortrag: Mut. Achtsamkeit leben
2018-07-20, Ivano-Frankivsk, (with: Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Shastri Achim Schlage, ) Family Camp
2018-09-21, Hamburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 3 - Kriegerin/Krieger in der Welt

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2018-04-28, Szczecin, Świadomość Przestrzeni Maitri / Maitri Space Awereness
2018-05-09, Marseille, Retraite de Qigong chinois traditionnel & méditation à la Sainte-Baume
2018-06-09, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (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
2018-08-04, Krakow, QiGong 1 i 2
2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Barbara Märtens, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-11-01, Cologne, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Marita Heukelom, ) Maitri - Die Farben des Jetzt
2018-12-07, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2019-01-20, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2019-01-22, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2019-01-24, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2018-04-21, Mississauga, Great Lakes Regional Leadership with Acharya Lobel
2018-05-10, Pittsburgh, Learn To Meditate
2018-09-28, Mississauga, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Jane Arthur, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2018-09-28, Toronto, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Jane Arthur, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2018-05-07, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Shastri Anne Emmanuelle Roche-Bret, Shastri Simon La Haye, ) French MI Training - Part 2
2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-11-02, Marburg, The Lost Art of good conversation - Workshop zur achtsamen Kommunikation
2018-11-10, Bern, Shambhala Meditation

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2018-04-22, Washington D.C, Community Gathering with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-06-01, Pioneer Valley, The Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2018-06-01, Pioneer Valley, Ordinary Kindness: A public talk
2018-08-15, Shambhala Mountain Center (Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull, Rhonda Magee, ) Compassion in Action
2018-10-11, Birmingham, Acharya visit
2018-11-09, Krakow, Kim jestem? Podstawowa dobroć bycia człowiekiem - program otwarty (cz. 1/3 serii)
2018-11-24, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2018-04-22, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4)

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2018-05-11, Boston, Shambhala Meditation Transmission & Study: Rediscovering Our Inherent Goodness
2018-07-11, Birmingham (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-07-24, Karme Choling, Teaching from the Heart
2018-08-12, Dorje Denma Ling (Shastri Mary Campbell, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez's schedule:

2018-06-08, Santiago, Rigden - Confianza Incondicional
2018-12-14, Santiago, Rigden - Confianza Incondicional
2018-07-11, Birmingham, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-08-08, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Rigden Abhisheka
2018-08-24, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 9

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2018-07-13, New York, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2019-03-21, San Antonio, Regional Vajrayana City Retreat (in Austin)

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

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
2018-06-20, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 6
2018-08-08, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Rigden Abhisheka
2018-09-23, Brussels, Retraite La Voie Shambhala Niveaux 1, 2 et 3
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly - France
2018-11-03, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-05-13, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 2. Treffen
2018-05-25, Marburg, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Marion Lompa, ) Shambhala Training Stufe 5: Offener Himmel
2018-06-14, Cologne, Bedingungslose Zuversicht (Rigden Wochenende)
2018-06-20, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 6
2018-09-11, Cologne (Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Grundlegende Gutheit 3 - Was ist wirklich?
2018-09-11, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Grundlegende Gutheit 3 - Was ist wirklich?
2018-09-23, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 3. Treffen
2018-10-26, Cologne, Zeremonie der Zufluchtnahme
2018-12-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2018-04-21, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival: The Shambhala Lineage of Crazy Wisdom
2018-06-19, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Shastri Janet Solyntjes, ) Warrior Assembly
2018-08-24, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 9
2018-09-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - September 2018
2018-10-12, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal 10 Weekend Retreat
2018-11-15, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

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
2018-06-01, Madrid, Comunicación consciente y relaciones (Madrid)
2018-06-20, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 6
2018-07-04, Dechen Chöling, Golden Key
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:

2019-02-28, Halifax, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Jeffrey Scott, ) Contentment in Everyday Life
2018-08-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull, Rhonda Magee, ) Compassion in Action

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2018-07-07, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2018-05-25, Boulder, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2018-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Susan Skjei, Dr. Michael Gayner, ) Foundations of Authentic Leadership

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2018-06-01, Los Angeles, Shambhala Training SACRED PATH: Golden Key (Eagle Rock)
2018-06-08, Baltimore, Sacred Path: Golden Key (in Philadelphia)
2018-06-08, Philadelphia, Golden Key
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 Vow Ceremony
2018-10-01, Gainesville, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-12-14, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2018-09-21, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body