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.

Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2019-01-19, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Way of the Moon Retreat with Acharya Dale Asrael, in Victoria, Australia
2019-01-19, Sydney, Summer 2019 Way of the Moon Retreat
2019-02-02, Adelaide, Cultivating sanity in times of uncertainty and change
2019-03-01, Boulder, Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2019-03-22, Denver, City Retreat / Weekthün
2019-04-10, Boulder, Bodhisattva Class
2019-04-13, Chicago, Taoist Qigong Level 4
2019-04-16, Casa Werma Mexico, SPMI Training, Part 2
2019-04-28, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2019-01-20, Ticino, Accontentarsi nella vita quotidiana
2019-03-08, Ticino, I tre gioielli
2019-03-13, Ticino, Ascolto profondo - Meditazione e comunicazione

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2019-03-22, Arnhem, Bodhicitta, het Hart van Liefdevolle Vriendelijkheid
2019-06-07, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Fred van Welsem, ) Regionale Verlichte Samenlevings bijeenkomst
2019-10-22, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 2

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2019-02-16, San Diego, Rigden Weekend
2019-02-18, San Diego, Bodhisattva Vows
2019-02-18, San Diego, Refuge Vows

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life
2019-03-08, Szczecin, The Kingdom of Sacredness Shambhala Kyerim
2019-06-05, Karme Choling, Celebrating the Vajrayana

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2019-01-19, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Tessa Watt, ) Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'
2019-02-01, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2019-03-16, Penedès, L'art d'ésser humà. Nivell 1 aprenentatge Shambhala (Penedès)
2019-03-30, London, Shambhala Training Weekend II: 'Birth of the Warrior'

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2019-01-20, Edmonton, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri David Kahane, ) Community Mahayana Retreat
2019-02-10, Shambhala Online, A Year of Deepening Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones
2019-02-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - February 2019
2019-02-16, Lexington, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Mary Sehlinger, ) Profound Kindness Retreat - Weeklong
2019-02-16, Lexington, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Mary Sehlinger, ) Weekend Only Kindness Retreat
2019-09-06, Vienna, Die 5 Schlüssel zur Achtsamen Kommunikation mit Susan Chapman
2019-11-02, Victoria, Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Han de Wit's schedule:

2019-02-22, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2019-02-17, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Michael Greenleaf, Shastri Bill Brauer, ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
2019-02-22, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, ) Shambhala Ritual Academy, Year Two
2019-03-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthun: A Week of Meditation
2019-04-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Mudra Space Awareness
2019-04-22, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 3
2019-04-22, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2019-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2019-02-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2019
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico (Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2019-05-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - May 2019

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2019-02-01, Houston, The Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2019-02-02, Houston, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times: Winter Retreat
2019-02-03, Houston, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2019-02-07, Austin, Public Talk: Mindfulness/Awareness Meditation
2019-02-09, Austin, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times
2019-02-16, San Antonio, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times
2019-03-03, Austin, Children's Blessing
2019-03-03, Austin, Refuge Vows
2019-03-03, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico, (with: Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat
2019-03-30, Seattle, Sacred World: The View and Practice
2019-04-06, Seattle, Social Presencing Theater Basics
2019-04-19, Shambhala Mountain Center, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
2019-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2019

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2019-02-23, Los Angeles, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Doubt: Working with Disappointment on the Vajrayana Path (Eagle Rock)

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2019-02-16, London, The Four Reminders
2019-03-02, Bristol, Level 1 - Art of Being Human in Dorchester
2019-03-16, Bristol, Windhorse

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2019-01-25, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-02-08, Durham, What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha
2019-02-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Mahamudra Retreat
2019-02-27, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-04-05, Austin, Awakening Your Five Wisdom Energies: The Practice of Maitri
2019-04-26, Ottawa, Chariot of Mahamudra
2019-04-29, Ottawa, Ashe Mahamudra Day
2019-06-07, Victoria, Acharya Richard John
2019-06-21, Dorje Denma Ling, Ashe Mahamudra Nine-Day Retreat

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2019-03-17, Prague, Zimní rodinný program 2019
2019-06-09, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly
2019-07-12, Zurich, Shambhala Training Level 1, Die Kunst Mensch zu sein
2019-09-20, Marburg, Shambhala Training: Stufe 1 - Magie des Alltags

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2019-01-20, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2019-01-22, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2019-02-08, Szczecin, Otwarte Niebo: Poziom V Treningu Shambhali / Shambhala Training Level V
2019-02-15, Amsterdam, Qigong niveau 3 met Acharya Samten Kobelt
2019-02-23, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 1 i 2 / QiGong Level 1 & 2
2019-03-01, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2019-03-15, Bern, Was ist real? - Die grundlegende Gutheit der Wirklichkeit
2019-03-22, Paris, Arts contemplatifs - Danse contemplative
2019-04-12, Vienna, Qigong 3
2019-04-27, Szczecin, Barwy Współczucia / Colours of Compassion

Acharya Charlene Leung's schedule:

2019-04-27, Toronto, (with: Acharya Charlene Leung, Shastri Trinley Busby, Shastri Jil Amadio, ) Together Now, as We Are: Creating Vibrant and Just Community

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2019-02-02, Pittsburgh, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Michelle King, Fitzhugh Shaw, ) Silent Transformations: Ecological Destruction as Spiritual Practice
2019-03-02, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Spring Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-04-06, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Spring Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-05-04, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Early Summer Retreat Day (closed group)

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2019-02-08, Paris, MÉDITATION SHAMBHALA et les quatre dignités
2019-02-15, Rotterdam, Rigden weekend
2019-03-22, Hamburg, Rigden Wochenende-Unbedingte Zuversicht
2019-06-24, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 4
2019-07-19, London, Bleddfa Retreat : Maitri Space Awareness
2019-08-04, Szczecin, HALF-DATHUN dwutygodniowy program medytacyjny / two weeks long meditation retreat
2019-08-22, Dechen Chöling (Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Mahamudra: Hum, Ashe, and All the Elements

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2019-03-22, Minneapolis, Radical Responsibility: The Path of Authentic Relationships
2019-06-07, Cleveland, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2019-01-21, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 3-4)

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2019-02-13, Washington D.C, Cultivating Kindness, Equanimity, and Compassion
2019-02-14, Baltimore, Discovering the Source of True Connection: A Valentine's Day Open House Talk
2019-02-16, Baltimore, Karuna Training Is Coming to Baltimore! A Training in Engaged Compassion
2019-03-22, Austin, Vajrayana City Retreat: Magnetizing the Greater Community - A Vajrayana Retreat Exploring Lineage, Samaya, and Sacred Outlook
2019-03-22, San Antonio, Regional Vajrayana City Retreat (in Austin)
2019-06-14, Denver, Sacred Path: Drala

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2019-02-02, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)
2019-03-09, Madrid, Qigong: niveles 1 y 2 (Madrid)
2019-03-23, Vienna, Weekthün - Puregg - Haus der Stille
2019-04-12, Marseille, Rigden, la confiance inconditionnelle
2019-05-05, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2019-06-24, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 7

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2019-01-18, Hamburg, Shambhala Training: Stufe 5 - Offener Himmel
2019-02-12, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Christine Drabek, ) Weisheit im Alltag
2019-07-12, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Friederike Tröscher, ) Body-Mind-Centering und Meditation

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2019-02-09, Karme Choling, Vajrayana Retreat: HUM, ASHE, and All the Elements
2019-02-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - February 2019
2019-02-17, Karme Choling (Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Michael Greenleaf, Shastri Bill Brauer ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
2019-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2019
2019-04-20, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival
2019-05-22, Karme Choling, Tip of the Arrow: Scorpion Seal 10 Practice Retreat (Repeat Participants)
2019-08-22, Dechen Chöling, (with: Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Mahamudra: Hum, Ashe, and All the Elements
2019-09-04, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 10
2019-10-08, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal: Year 8

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2019-03-02, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2019-03-02, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - First 2 Weeks
2019-03-15, Dechen Chöling, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2019-03-17, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Second 2 weeks
2019-05-15, Prague, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Jitka Holubcova, ) Meditation Instructor Training Part 2
2019-05-24, Drome, La lune du cœur éveillé – la sadhana de la gentillesse
2019-07-26, Vienna, Maitri-Raumgewahrseins-Seminar

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2019-02-28, Halifax, Contentment in Everyday Life
2019-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2019

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2019-03-23, London, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Claire Van Rhyn, ) Arts Weekend
2019-05-24, Cologne, Die großherzige Sichtweise - das Bodhisattvagelübde

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2019-02-05, Boulder, Shambhala Day 2019
2019-02-17, Columbus, Understanding the Feminine Principle in Our Times

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2019-02-10, New York, Shambhala Day 2019: Year of the Earth Boar

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2019-02-09, Madrid, Sádhana de la amabilidad (Madrid)
2019-03-22, Madrid, El camino del guerrero bodhisattva