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.

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Beate Kirchhof Schlage

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2019-10-05, Denver, Taoist Qigong Level 3
2019-12-07, Boulder, Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 3
2020-01-03, Melbourne, Australian Summer 2020 Meditation Half-Dathun Retreat - Cultivating Sanity in Times of Uncertainty and Change.
2020-01-03, Melbourne, Australian Summer 2020 Meditation Retreat - Cultivating Sanity in Times of Uncertainty and Change, Weekthun A option
2020-01-11, Melbourne, Australian Summer 2020 Meditation Retreat - Cultivating Sanity in Times of Uncertainty and Change, Weekthun B option
2020-01-18, Melbourne, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Part 2 with Acharya Dale Asrael, in Victoria, Australia
2020-04-11, Boulder, Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 4

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2019-09-21, Ticino, Shambhala training - Livello 4
2019-11-13, Ticino, Mindfulness

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2019-10-22, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 2

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2019-10-05, San Diego, Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human
2019-11-16, Los Angeles, RIGDEN: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership (Eagle Rock)

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2019-10-05, Berkeley, The Healing Power of the Vajrayana Path
2019-11-08, Toronto, Celebrating the Vajrayana
2020-03-06, Seattle, Celebrating the Vajrayana

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2019-09-20, Hamburg, Die heilende Kraft der Achtsamen Kommunikation
2019-09-27, Hamburg, Soaring Garuda
2019-10-15, Vancouver, Awakening the Heart: the path of the Bodhisattva Warrior
2019-12-14, Bellingham, Being "On the Dot~ Winter Meditation Intensive ~ Mini-Retreat for Busy Folks! (Part 1)
2020-01-11, Bellingham, Being "On the Dot" ~ Winter Meditation Intensive: A Mini-Retreat for Busy Folks! (Part 2)
2020-02-08, Casa Werma Mexico, Joyful Wisdom: A Maitri-Mahamudra Retreat for Older Women

Acharya Han de Wit's schedule:

2019-09-26, Amsterdam (Mary Fahrenfort, John Bel, Acharya Han de Wit, ) De Aspiratie van Samantabhadra en Ashe Mahamudra (cursus & weekend)
2019-12-13, Amsterdam, (with: Acharya Han de Wit, Flip Kolthoff, ) Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2020-01-10, Amsterdam, Ashe Mahamudra (weekend) Culmination of The Aspiration of Samantabhadra course

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2019-10-22, Karme Choling (Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette, Greg Heffron, ) Mudra Space Awareness Summit: A Radical Mind-Body Immersion
2019-10-25, Karme Choling (Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette, Greg Heffron, ) Weekend Mudra Space Awareness Summit
2019-11-08, Durham, Acharya Suzann Duquette Program
2020-08-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
2019-09-26, Amsterdam, (with: Mary Fahrenfort, John Bel, Acharya Han de Wit, ) De Aspiratie van Samantabhadra en Ashe Mahamudra (cursus & weekend)

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2019-09-30, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2019

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2019-09-27, Boulder (Richard Merrill, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Four Foundations of Mindfulness
2019-10-04, Washington D.C, Recovering Women's Stories in Buddhism - Public Program
2019-11-09, Shambhala Online, Shambhala Online Book of the Month / November
2019-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2019

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2019-09-28, Fredericton, Compassion & White Tara Practice

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2019-10-15, Shambhala Online, The Development of Peace: Basic Teachings of the Buddha - October 2019
2019-12-06, Boston, Introduction to Making a True Move - Meditation, creative process and social change
2019-12-06, Boston, Making a True Move - Meditation, creative process and social change
2019-12-14, Washington D.C, Social Presencing Theater
2019-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2 - How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2019

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2019-12-28, Vienna, The treasure of life: Bodhicitta as the path to a good society

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2019-09-27, Baltimore, Open House Talk with Acharya Richard John
2019-09-28, Baltimore, WHAT CAN WE RELY ON? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha
2019-09-29, Baltimore, Refuge & Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies
2019-09-30, Baltimore, The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal
2019-10-04, Montreal, Chariot of Mahamudra
2019-10-26, Seattle, Songs of Experience: Oral Instructions to Awaken the Student Simply and Directly
2019-10-29, Seattle, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2019-10-29, Seattle, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2019-11-01, Seattle, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2019-11-04, Seattle, The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal
2019-11-08, Berkeley, Song of Experience—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet
2019-11-21, Santa Rosa, Samsara is an Ocean of Narratives. What is our Path?
2019-11-23, Sonoma, Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Song of Experience: Mahayana Day
2019-11-23, Sonoma, Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Song of Experience: Vajrayana Weekend
2019-12-13, Madison, What can we rely on? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha
2020-02-01, Victoria, Chariot of Mahamudra
2020-02-03, Victoria, Mahamudra Retreat
2019-09-28, Pittsburgh, (with: Michelle King, Fitzhugh Shaw, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Silent Transformations: Late Summer

Acharya Beate Kirchhof Schlage's schedule:

2019-09-20, Marburg, Shambhala Training: Stufe 1 - Die Kunst Mensch zu sein
2019-10-11, Vienna, Shambhalatraining Stufe 1 - Die Kunst Mensch zu sein
2019-10-18, Hamburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 1 - Die Kunst Mensch zu sein
2019-11-10, Dechen Chöling, Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala
2020-02-13, Stockholm, Golden Key

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2019-09-20, Szczecin, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali - Sztuka Bycia Człowiekiem (Zielona Góra)
2019-12-06, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4
2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health
2020-04-05, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2020-04-07, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2020-04-09, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2019-11-01, Marburg, (with: Acharya Mitchell Levy, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, ) Rites of Passage / Riten des Übergangs

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2019-09-28, Pittsburgh (Michelle King, Fitzhugh Shaw, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Silent Transformations: Late Summer
2019-10-17, Pittsburgh, Meditation and Inquiry
2019-11-14, San Rafael, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Barbara Hirschfeld, ) Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I?

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2019-09-21, Besancon, "L'art d'aider : comment être une aide bénéfique au lieu d’une nuisance"
2019-10-03, Hamburg, Große östliche Sonne / Windpferd
2019-10-20, London, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Jude Hudson, ) Lamledra Retreat: Working With The Heart Sutra
2019-11-15, Madrid, Tara Blanca: una práctica calmante para tiempos difíciles (Madrid)
2019-11-17, Madrid, Vajrasattva: la gran purificación (Madrid)

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2019-09-20, Chicago, “Radical Responsibility” Book Talk & Signing
2019-10-15, Boston, (with: Acharya Fleet Maull, Nealy Zimmermann, ) Exploring Radical Responsibility with Acharya Fleet Maull via Zoom
2019-10-18, Amsterdam, Ashe intensive with Acharya Fleet Maull
2019-10-24, Krakow, THE EVENT TRAINING (A Breakthrough Training)
2019-11-08, Krakow, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali/ Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2019-10-05, Halifax, Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
2019-11-16, Halifax, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2019-11-16, Halifax, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2019-09-27, Boulder, (with: Richard Merrill, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2019-10-18, Chicago, The Compassionate Path of Embracing Vulnerability and Disappointment
2019-10-19, Chicago, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Miriam Hall, ) ​​​Discovering the Potency of the Heart: ​ An Introduction to ​Karuna Training
2019-10-20, Chicago, Vajrayana Day with Acharya Melissa Moore
2020-02-29, Casa Werma Mexico, Yeshe Tsogyal: The Inseparable Union of Masculine and Feminine Principles

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2019-09-27, Munich, Wochenendkurs Mahayana
2019-10-26, , Programme VajraYana
2019-10-26, , Programme Vajrayana
2019-10-26, Drome, RETRAITE VAJRAYANA (Retraite annulée)
2020-01-17, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
2020-03-13, Paris, Espace du Coeur, Espace Ouvert 
- Source d’intelligence et de chaleur
2020-04-25, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2020-06-20, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2019-10-13, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 3/4
2019-12-08, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 4/4
2020-04-12, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Discovering the Moon of Human Kindness - Sadhana of Kindness Retreat

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2019-09-30, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - September 2019
2019-10-08, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal: Year 8
2019-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2019
2020-02-26, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal 10 Dathün
2020-02-26, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal 10 Dathün: First Two Weeks

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2019-10-13, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 3/4
2019-10-19, Lviv, The Sadhana of Kindness Weektun
2019-11-22, Marburg, Ridgen Wochenende / Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2019-12-08, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 4/4
2020-04-12, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Discovering the Moon of Human Kindness - Sadhana of Kindness Retreat

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2019-09-24, Halifax, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Basia Solarz, ) Being Tara: Uniting the Dharma that is Taught and the Dharma that is Experienced
2019-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2019
2019-11-23, Casa Werma Mexico, Queer Dharma Family Giving Thanks

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2019-09-18, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-09-19, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-09-25, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-09-26, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-09-27, Cologne, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Jacqueline Michal, ) Die Kunst Mensch zu sein (Shambhala Training 1)
2019-10-02, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-03, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-09, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-10, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-16, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-17, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-23, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-24, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-30, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-10-31, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-06, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-07, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-13, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-14, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-20, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-21, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-27, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-11-28, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-04, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-05, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-11, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-12, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-18, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-19, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-25, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2019-12-26, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-01, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-02, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-08, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-09, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-15, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-16, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-22, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-23, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-29, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-01-30, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-05, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-06, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-12, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-13, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-19, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-20, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-26, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-27, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-02-28, Paris, La Voie Shambhala – Rigden : la confiance inconditionnelle
2020-03-04, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-05, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-11, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-12, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-18, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-19, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-25, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-03-26, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-04-01, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-04-02, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-04-08, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen
2020-04-09, Cologne, Meditation am Morgen

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2019-09-20, Davis, White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
2019-10-05, Boulder, Refuge Vow Class
2019-10-06, Boulder, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2019-10-08, Montpelier VT(US), (with: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Rachael Timberlake, ) White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
2019-10-15, Shambhala Online, White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
2019-10-19, Gran Canaria, Tara Blanca. Práctica calmante para tiempos difíciles
2020-03-17, Casa Werma Mexico, Limitless Ayatanas: Scorpion Seal and Werma Practice Intensive
2019-10-22, Karme Choling, (with: Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette, Greg Heffron, ) Mudra Space Awareness Summit: A Radical Mind-Body Immersion
2019-10-25, Karme Choling, (with: Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette, Greg Heffron, ) Weekend Mudra Space Awareness Summit

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2019-09-23, Shambhala Online, Armor of Fearlessness: Teaching on Death, Dying and the Bardos
2019-09-27, Columbus, Entering the Stream: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health