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.

2018-11-03, Los Angeles, (with: , Michaela McCormick, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Unraveling Patriarchy: A Special Program with Guest Teacher Jozen Tamori Gibson

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2018-10-13, Boulder, Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 3
2018-10-13, Fort Collins, Proclaiming Basic Goodness: An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-12-01, Denver, Introduction to Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness
2019-01-05, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Weekthun 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
2019-04-13, Chicago, Taoist Qigong Level 4
2019-04-16, Casa Werma Mexico, SPMI Training, Part 2

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2018-09-26, Ticino, Meditazione nella vita quotidiana
2018-11-23, Ticino, Livello 1 - L'arte di essere umani - a Cagliari

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2018-10-05, Leiden, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Shastri Anne Bakker, ) Shambhala Training 1 - De kunst van het mens-zijn
2018-10-19, Arnhem, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”
2019-01-11, Rotterdam, De Weg van de Maan
2019-02-22, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Fred van Welsem, ) Regionale Verlichte Samenlevingsbijeenkomst (ESA)

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2018-12-07, Boston, (with: Acharya Emily Bower, Kate Raddock, ) Tonglen Practice Weekend: Discovering Compassion Within

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2018-09-28, Paris, La Voie Shambhala – Rigden : la confiance inconditionnelle
2018-11-02, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2018-11-02, Rotterdam, Holding your seat in times of trouble
2018-11-30, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Merlin Cox, ) Shambhala Training Weekend V: Open Sky
2019-01-19, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Tessa Watt, ) Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-09-25, Victoria, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Rebecca Hazell, Shastri Mark Hazell, ) Way of the Moon: A Year of Deep Study and Practice of the Shambhala Mahayana
2018-10-14, Edmonton (Shastri David Kahane, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Bodhisattva Garuda Retreat
2018-11-02, Vancouver, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Joachim Sehrbrock, Shastri Mariel Gomez, Shastri John Fox, ) Way of the Bodhisattva Warrior: A Year of Deep Study and Practice of the Shambhala Mahayana
2018-11-02, Vancouver, Way of the Bodhisattva Warrior: Shambhala Mahayana Retreat Weekend (Open to All)
2018-11-12, Victoria, Mahamudra Retreat
2018-12-02, Edmonton (Shastri David Kahane, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Bodhisattva Dragon Retreat
2018-12-26, Vancouver, Scorpion Seal Assembly Winter Retreat

Acharya Han de Wit's schedule:

2018-11-02, Leiden, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”
2018-12-07, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2018-10-12, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Sacred Ritual Academy Europe, year 2
2018-11-02, St. Johnsbury, Rigden Weekend
2018-11-16, Karme Choling, Mudra Space Awareness
2019-03-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-10-03, Bellingham, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Dharma Dialogues ~ Acharya Offerings to the Sangha ~ Wednesday Afternoon Zoom Talk ~ LINEAGE AND WARRIORSHIP
2018-11-07, Boulder, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Susan Skjei, ) Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico (Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2018-09-27, Atlanta, Women in Buddhism- Shambhala Online Event (Grant Park)
2018-09-27, Bellingham, Dharma Dialogues ~ Acharya Offerings to the Sangha ~ Thursday Afternoon Zoom Class ~ WOMEN IN BUDDHISM
2018-09-27, Ottawa, Women in Buddhism: Online Dharma Dialogues
2018-10-10, Boulder, Refuge Vow Class
2018-10-19, Albuquerque, (with: Acharya Holly Gayley, Shastri Kim Kelso, ) Way of the Moon in the Southwest
2018-10-28, Boulder, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-11-03, Boulder (Cynthia Moku, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Primordial and Powerful: The Luminous Symbolism of Rigden and the Liberation of Yeshe Tsogyal
2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2018

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2018-10-12, Fredericton, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times - Acharya Moh Hardin’s Annual Fall Teaching
2018-11-23, Sydney Cape Breton, Moh Hardin Teaching at Big Hill

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

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2018-11-15, New York, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Ethan Nichtern, Shastri Elizabeth Reid, Shastri Sheila Bascetta, ) Shambhala Teacher Training

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2018-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering
2019-03-16, Bristol, Windhorse

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-09-25, Sonoma, Member's Gathering - Caring for Our Community
2018-09-26, Santa Rosa, The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsogyal: for Vajrayana practitioners
2018-09-29, Davis, What Can We Rely On?
2018-09-29, Davis, Program for Vajrayana Students
2018-10-06, Chicago, WHAT CAN WE RELY ON? Advice from The Buddha and Atisha
2018-10-08, Chicago, The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsogyal
2018-10-09, Chicago, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-10-09, Chicago, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-10-12, Baltimore, RADICAL SIMPLICITY: Shambhala Meditation for a Troubled World with Acharya Richard John
2018-10-19, Milwaukee, At Home in the World: The Four Dignities
2018-10-26, Madison, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2018-10-30, Madison, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Acharya Richard John
2018-11-03, Lexington, Maitri and the Five Wisdoms
2019-01-25, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-02-08, Durham, What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha
2019-02-27, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-10-14, Edmonton, (with: Shastri David Kahane, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Bodhisattva Garuda Retreat
2018-12-02, Edmonton, (with: Shastri David Kahane, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Bodhisattva Dragon Retreat

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-12-29, Vienna, Winterpraxiswoche mit Acharya Beate Kirchhoff-Schlage

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2018-10-03, Karme Choling, Qigong Levels 4-5
2018-10-03, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4
2018-10-05, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5
2018-11-01, Cologne, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Marita van Heukelom, ) Maitri - Die Farben des Jetzt
2018-11-24, Amsterdam, Qigong niveau 1 & 2 met Acharya Samten Kobelt
2018-12-01, Warsaw, QiGong 1&2
2018-12-07, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
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)
2019-01-24, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2019-03-01, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4
2019-03-22, Paris, Arts contemplatifs - Danse contemplative
2019-06-21, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois - Niveau 3

Acharya Charlene Leung's schedule:

2018-09-28, Chicago, (with: Acharya Charlene Leung, Miriam Hall, ) Healing Harm For Vibrant and Just Community: Exploring Social and Personal Power
2018-10-03, Bellingham (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Dharma Dialogues ~ Acharya Offerings to the Sangha ~ Wednesday Afternoon Zoom Talk ~ LINEAGE AND WARRIORSHIP
2018-11-03, Los Angeles ( , Michaela McCormick, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Unraveling Patriarchy: A Special Program with Guest Teacher Jozen Tamori Gibson

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2018-11-02, Marburg, The Lost Art of good conversation - Workshop zur achtsamen Kommunikation
2018-11-10, Bern, Shambhala Meditation
2019-02-08, Paris, Week-end méditation Shambhala

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2018-10-11, Birmingham, A Public Talk - Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook and Social Transformation
2018-10-12, Birmingham, Radical Responsibility - A Special Weekend Program
2018-10-12, Birmingham, How Can Meditation Practice Support At-Risk Populations?
2018-10-14, Birmingham, The Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-10-14, Birmingham, The Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-11-09, Krakow, Program otwarty "Kim jestem? Podstawowa dobroć bycia człowiekiem " (cz. 1/3 serii) - "Basic Goodness 1 - Who am I?"
2018-11-24, Karme Choling, Joining & Embodying the Circle: Mindfulness-Based Training in the Way of Council

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2019-01-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2019-01-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)
2019-01-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)
2019-01-21, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)
2018-11-03, Boulder, (with: Cynthia Moku, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Primordial and Powerful: The Luminous Symbolism of Rigden and the Liberation of Yeshe Tsogyal

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2018-10-04, San Diego, Bringing the Tough Stuff to the Path of Warriorship
2018-10-05, Los Angeles, The Limitless Potency of Heart - a Public Talk (Orange County)
2018-10-06, Los Angeles, The Union of Emptiness, Limitless Compassion and Warriorship (Eagle Rock)
2019-03-21, San Antonio, Regional Vajrayana City Retreat (in Austin)

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2018-09-28, Budapest, Shambhala Tréning 1. szint - Az emberi létezés művészete
2018-10-05, Brussels, La voie Shambhala Niveau 1: L'Art d'être humain
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly
2018-11-03, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2019-02-02, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)
2019-04-12, Marseille, Rigden, la confiance inconditionnelle
2019-05-05, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-10-26, Cologne, Die Drei Juwelen - Zeremonie der Zufluchtnahme
2018-10-30, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Liane Stephan, ) Furchtlosigkeit im Alltag
2018-12-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen
2018-12-27, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Winterklausur - für alle Praktizierenden
2019-01-18, Hamburg, Offener Himmel

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2018-10-12, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal 10 Weekend Retreat
2018-10-20, Atlanta, Embracing Obstacles on the Path of Awake
2018-10-24, Atlanta, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana
2018-10-27, Atlanta, Celebrating Community on the Path of Awake
2018-11-15, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat
2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2018
2019-04-20, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2018-10-05, Paris, Communication en pleine conscience & dynamiques de pouvoir
2018-12-09, Cologne (Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen
2018-12-27, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Winterklausur - für alle Praktizierenden
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

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2018-10-02, Halifax, Extending Out and Touching In -- A Monthly Tonglen
2018-10-02, Halifax, Sending Out & Touching In
2018-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2018
2018-10-30, Halifax, The Unconditional Confidence of Ashe
2018-11-06, Halifax, Extending Out and Touching In -- A Monthly Tonglen
2018-12-04, Halifax, Extending Out and Touching In -- A Monthly Tonglen
2019-02-28, Halifax, Contentment in Everyday Life

Acharya Alan Schwartz's schedule:

2018-10-19, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Alan Schwartz, Arelly Sanchez Shackett, ) Back to Basics: Community Shambhala Training Weekend I

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2018-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Susan Skjei, Dr. Michael Gayner, ) Foundations of Authentic Leadership
2018-11-07, Boulder (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Susan Skjei, ) Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart
2018-11-16, Chicago, (with: Acharya Susan Skjei, Gretchen Neve, ) Foundations of Authentic Leadership

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2018-09-28, Gainesville, Unconditional Confidence: Rigden Weekend
2018-10-01, Gainesville, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-10-01, Gainesville, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-10-06, Boston, Armor of Fearlessness: A Shambhala Understanding of Dying and Death
2018-10-07, Boston, LGBTQ Meditation Group with Acharya Spiegel
2018-10-19, New York, Vajra Assembly
2018-12-14, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2018-09-28, Gran Canaria, Las tres joyas del budismo en el mundo actual (Gran Canaria)
2018-11-16, Paris, Perception extraordinaire