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:

2018-03-15, Shambhala Online (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2018
2018-04-15, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Ngöndro Instructor Training
2018-05-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Cynthia Moku, ) Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence
2018-08-24, Shambhala Mountain Center, Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2018-03-16, Arnhem, Lojong geest training in combinatie met tong len oefeningen
2018-07-07, Dechen Chöling (Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2018-03-08, Portland, Finding Common Ground: The Practice of Good Conversation - with Acharya Emily Bower
2018-03-09, Portland, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership
2018-03-11, Portland, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-03-11, Portland, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-03-18, Los Angeles, Finding Common Ground: The Practice of Good Conversation
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
2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2018-02-24, Rotterdam, Ngöndro retreat with Acharya Orhun Cercel
2018-03-02, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training Rigden weekend - Onvoorwaardelijk zelfvertrouwen
2018-04-28, London, Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-04-04, Shambhala Online (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) The Lost Art of Good Conversation
2018-04-07, Nelson, Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Practices Retreat
2018-04-14, Vancouver, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence (Prerequisites Apply)
2018-04-15, Shambhala Online, The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - April 2018
2018-08-10, Victoria, Sadhana of Kindness

Acharya Pema Chödron's schedule:

2018-03-01, Gampo Abbey, 2018 Yarne Winter Retreat lead by Gampo Acharya Pema Chodron

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2018-02-23, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Bill Brauer, ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
2018-03-09, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
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

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-04-13, Shambhala Mountain Center, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
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

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2018-03-08, Boulder (Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - MEEK & PERKY
2018-04-19, Boulder (Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - Outrageous & Inscrutable
2018-05-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - May 2018
2018-09-14, Shambhala Mountain Center, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Michael Greenleaf's schedule:

2018-03-31, Karme Choling, Tuck School Mindfulness Meditation

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2018-02-22, Dallas, Public Talk: The Power of Ordinary Kindness
2018-02-24, Dallas, Acharya Moh Hardin Visit - On Kindness
2018-02-27, Dallas, Refuge Vow Ceremony with Acharya Moh Hardin
2018-02-27, Dallas, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony with Acharya Moh Hardin
2018-03-02, Austin, Rigden Weekend
2018-03-02, Dallas, Rigden Weekend (Austin)

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

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:

2018-03-16, Bristol, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2018-04-20, London, Limitless Love and Compassion - Four ways to awaken the Heart
2018-07-05, Bristol, (with: Acharya David Hope, Shastri Jane Hope, ) Enlightened Society Assembly - Residential Programme in the UK

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-02-23, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-04-12, Bellingham, Talk by Visiting Acharya Richard John
2018-04-13, Victoria, Shambhala Meditation: Radical Simplicity For A Troubled World
2018-04-16, Victoria, Vajrayana Practice Day: Ashe Mahamudra
2018-04-28, Ottawa, ASHE MAHAMUDRA RETREAT
2018-04-28, Ottawa, Werma Retreat
2018-05-05, Seattle, RADICAL SIMPLICITY: Shambhala Meditation for a Troubled World
2018-06-08, Durham, Rigden Weekend
2018-08-10, Dorje Denma Ling, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-02-23, Stockholm, Working with Emotions - Introduction to Karuna Training / Contemplative Psychology
2018-03-17, Hamburg (Shastri Achim Schlage, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, ) Shambhala Sprechen: Der Schnuppertag
2018-03-25, Berlin (Shastri Achim Schlage, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Michael Fraund, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs ) Shambhala Sprechen: Der Schnuppertag
2018-04-15, , (with: Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, Shastri Achim Schlage, Michael Fraund, ) Shambhala Sprechen
2018-04-15, Berlin (Shastri Achim Schlage, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Michael Fraund, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs ) Shambhala Sprechen
2018-04-15, Hamburg, (with: Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, Shastri Achim Schlage, Michael Fraund, ) Shambhala Sprechen
2018-04-26, Cape Town, Fynbos Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2018-05-04, Cape Town, Level 1
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:

2018-03-02, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2018-03-07, Berlin, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro City Retreat
2018-03-16, Besancon, Qu'est ce qui est réel ? La Bonté Fondamentale des phénomènes - Deuxième Partie
2018-03-26, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong Practice
2018-04-15, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Ngöndro Instructor Training
2018-05-06, 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, Qigong chinois traditionnel (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
2018-11-01, Cologne, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Marita Heukelom, ) Maitri - Die Farben des Jetzt

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2018-03-10, Pittsburgh, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) Training
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - March 2018
2018-04-12, Pittsburgh, Bridge of Light: Bridging Werma Practice with Living Experience: A Werma & Scorpion Seal Retreat
2018-04-19, Toronto, Vajrayana Gathering
2018-04-20, Mississauga, A Larger Vision: How Meditation Connects to Building a Better Society
2018-04-20, Toronto, Mississauga - A Larger Vision: How Meditation Connects to Building a Better Society
2018-04-21, Mississauga, Relaxing into Basic Openness (Saturday only)
2018-04-21, Mississauga, Relaxing into Basic Openness (Saturday/Sunday) -- Highly Recommended!
2018-04-21, Toronto, Relaxing into Basic Openness
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:

2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Bartek Kociemba, ) Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Bartek Kociemba, ) Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - First 2 weeks
2018-03-09, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Bartek Kociemba, ) Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - Second 2 weeks
2018-03-23, Vienna, In Zeiten von Umbruch mit Kraft und Wärme des Herzens der Welt begegnen
2018-04-13, Stockholm, Compassion and Self-Care in Working with Others - Introduction to Karuna Training / Contemplative Psychology
2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-11-02, Marburg, The Lost Art of good conversation - Workshop zur achtsamen Kommunikation

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2018-02-23, Karme Choling, A Retreat on Shambhala Meditation
2018-03-23, Austin, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation
2018-03-23, Austin, Public Talk with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-04-06, Philadelphia, Radical Responsibility: Mindfulness & Social Transformation
2018-04-06, Philadelphia, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook and Social Transformation
2018-04-20, Washington D.C, The Art of Being Human in Challenging Times: Special Shambhala Training Level I
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
2018-11-24, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2018-04-07, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2018-04-07, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)
2018-04-07, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün: (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)
2018-04-22, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4)

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2018-03-15, Shambhala Online (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2018
2018-07-24, Karme Choling, Teaching from the Heart
2018-08-12, Dorje Denma Ling (Shastri Mary Campbell, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2018
2018-04-04, Shambhala Online, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) The Lost Art of Good Conversation
2018-08-24, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 9

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2018-02-24, Casa Werma Mexico, Rousing Drala: All those gods of the cosmic lineage who command coincidence
2018-03-08, Boulder, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - MEEK & PERKY
2018-04-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Aaron Snyder, ) Empowering the Heart of Healthcare: Embodied Presence
2018-04-19, Boulder, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - Outrageous & Inscrutable
2018-07-13, New York, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2018-03-01, New York, (with: Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Acharya Eric Spiegel, David Perrin, Dr. Shante Smalls, ) Shambhala Training: The Complete Path

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2018-02-24, Vienna, Daoistisches QiGong, Stufe 1 & 2
2018-03-04, London, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Jude Hudson, ) Coming Home
2018-03-16, Paris, Ashe Mahamudra
2018-03-23, Budapest, A kedvesség kultúrája – Mindfulness a társadalomban
2018-04-14, Vienna, Weekthun in Puregg mit Mathias Pongracz
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, Scorpion Seal Assembly 6
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly - France
2018-11-03, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-02-22, Ruhrgebiet, Furchtlosigkeit im Alltag
2018-02-27, Cologne, Grundlegende Gutheit 2 - wie kann ich helfen?
2018-03-11, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 1. Treffen
2018-03-24, Prague, Zimní rodinný program
2018-03-24, Prague, Winter Family Program
2018-05-13, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 2. Treffen
2018-05-25, Marburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 5: Offener Himmel
2018-06-14, Cologne, Bedingungslose Zuversicht (Rigden Wochenende)
2018-09-23, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 3. Treffen
2018-12-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, and Drala - The Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Great Eastern Sun: Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-02-28, Karme Choling, Windhorse: Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, Drala: Shambhala Sacred Path
2018-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2018
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
2018-11-15, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2018-03-11, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 1. Treffen
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
2018-09-23, 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:

2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2018
2018-08-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull, Rhonda Magee, ) Compassion in Action
2018-03-17, Hamburg, (with: Shastri Achim Schlage, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, ) Shambhala Sprechen: Der Schnuppertag
2018-03-25, Berlin, (with: Shastri Achim Schlage, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Michael Fraund, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, ) Shambhala Sprechen: Der Schnuppertag
2018-04-15, Berlin, (with: Shastri Achim Schlage, Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage, Michael Fraund, Shastri Yeshe Fuchs, ) Shambhala Sprechen

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2018-03-10, London, Making Your Mark: A Weekend of Calligraphy and Mindful Writing
2018-03-27, Cologne, Rigden Ngöndro Woche
2018-07-07, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2018-03-06, Boulder, Awakening In Society: How Can I Help?
2018-04-15, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

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:

2018-02-23, Boston, Kurukulla Intensive
2018-02-26, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2018-02-27, New York, Weekly Dharma Gathering - "What Does It Mean To Be A Buddhist?"
2018-03-01, New York (Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Acharya Eric Spiegel, David Perrin, Dr. Shante Smalls ) Shambhala Training: The Complete Path
2018-03-09, New York, Entering the Stream: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2018-03-16, Cleveland, Entering the Stream: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2018-03-16, Cleveland, Entering the Stream of Shambhala Buddhism (PROGRAM ONLY WITHOUT Refuge or Bodhisattva Vows)
2018-03-17, Cleveland, Shrine Blessing and Community Celebration
2018-04-04, New York, Parinirvana Day
2018-06-01, Los Angeles, Shambhala Training SACRED PATH: Golden Key (Eagle Rock)
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 and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies
2018-12-14, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2018-03-10, Madrid, Aprende a meditar. Nivel 1: El arte de ser humano

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

2018-03-11, Leiden, SSA5 beoefening en studiedag
2018-03-23, Cologne, Garuda und Drache - unerhört und unergründlich
2018-03-26, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong Practice
2018-09-21, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body