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.

Lodro Dorje Holm
Beate Kirchhof Schlage

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

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:

2019-11-13, Ticino, Mindfulness
2019-11-30, Ticino, Mindfulness, due sabati

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

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

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2019-11-16, Los Angeles, RIGDEN: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership (Eagle Rock)

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2019-11-08, Toronto, Celebrating the Vajrayana
2020-03-06, Seattle, Celebrating the Vajrayana

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2019-10-22, Vancouver, Awakening the Heart: The Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior
2019-12-14, Bellingham, Being "On the Dot" ~ Winter Meditation Intensive - Mini Retreat (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:

2019-12-13, 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, Shambhala Sadhana Feast
2019-11-09, Durham, The Lineage of Shambhala: Exploring our Buddhist and Shambhala Roots
2019-11-10, Durham, Community Meeting
2019-11-10, Durham, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies
2019-11-10, Durham, Werma Feast
2020-08-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2019-11-21, Boulder, Ashe Society
2019-12-27, New York, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Winter Weekthun at Sky Lake: Dharma Art and Co-Creating Good Communities

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2019-11-09, Shambhala Online, Shambhala Online Book of the Month / November
2019-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2019

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

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
2019-12-27, New York (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Winter Weekthun at Sky Lake: Dharma Art and Co-Creating Good Communities

Acharya Dan Hessey's schedule:

2019-11-15, Boulder, Ashe Mahamudra Intensive

Acharya Lodro Dorje Holm's schedule:

2019-10-26, Halifax, Clarifying the Natural State - A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra

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:

2019-10-25, Seattle, Community Conversation with Acharya Richard John
2019-10-26, Seattle, Songs of Experience: Oral Instructions to Awaken the Student Simply and Directly
2019-10-27, Seattle, Children's Blessing
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
2019-11-11, Berkeley, The Profound Guru Yoga (Vajrayana)
2019-11-15, Davis, The Profound Guru Yoga
2019-11-16, Davis, Four Dharmas, Four Foundations, Four Dignities: A Four Day Meditation Retreat
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
2020-01-31, Victoria, Chariot of Mahamudra
2020-02-03, Victoria, Mahamudra Retreat
2020-02-10, Bellingham, Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

Acharya Beate Kirchhof Schlage's schedule:

2019-11-10, Dechen Chöling, Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala
2019-12-04, Hamburg, Vortrag - Gleichmut
2020-02-13, Stockholm, Golden Key

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2019-11-29, Bern, Shambhala Training II
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
2019-10-24, Shambhala Online, (with: Sarah Lipton, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Bringing Vision to Earth

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2019-10-25, Pittsburgh, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Michelle King, Fitzhugh Shaw, ) Silent Transformations: Fall Season
2019-11-14, San Rafael, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Barbara Hirschfeld, ) Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I?

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

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)
2020-08-02, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2019-10-22, Amsterdam, Sanghabijeenkomst met Acharya Fleet Maull
2019-10-24, Krakow, THE EVENT TRAINING (A Breakthrough Training)
2019-10-24, Shambhala Online (Sarah Lipton, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Bringing Vision to Earth
2019-11-08, Krakow, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali/ Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2019-11-16, Halifax, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2019-11-16, Halifax, Refuge Vow Ceremony

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

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:

2019-10-26, , Programme VajraYana
2019-10-26, , Programme Vajrayana
2019-10-26, Drome, RETRAITE VAJRAYANA (Retraite annulée)
2019-11-30, Vienna, Shambhalatraining Stufe 1 - Die Kunst Mensch zu sein
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
2020-04-18, Dechen Chöling, Why Vajrayana?
2020-04-25, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2020-06-20, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

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:

2019-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2019
2019-12-26, Atlanta, Weekthun: The Three Yanas: the Buddhist Path to Simplicity, Joy, and Wisdom
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:

2019-11-22, 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
2019-12-27, Cologne, Winterklausur – Das Herz der Wachheit einladen
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:

2019-10-30, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2019
2019-11-23, Casa Werma Mexico, Queer Dharma Family Giving Thanks

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2019-10-23, 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
2020-03-21, London, SAVE the DATE: Arts Programme
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:

2019-10-23, Juneau, White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
2019-11-07, Troy, Compassion Without Limit
2019-11-30, 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
2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health