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:

2018-12-01, Denver, Mindfulness with Heart: Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2019-01-05, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Weekthun A 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
2019-01-12, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Weekthun B option) near Euroa, Victoria
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
2019-03-01, Boulder, Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society
2019-03-24, 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:

2018-11-17, Ticino, Sorridi alla paura - Shambhala Training Livello 2
2018-11-23, Ticino, Livello 1 - L'arte di essere umani - a Cagliari
2018-12-08, Lucca, Shambhala Meditation
2019-03-08, Ticino, I tre gioielli
2019-03-13, Ticino, Ascolto profondo - Meditazione e comunicazione

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2019-01-11, Rotterdam, VOL-De Weg van de Maan-VOL
2019-02-22, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Fred van Welsem, ) Regionale Verlichte Samenlevingsbijeenkomst (ESA) Uitgesteld

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2018-12-01, Los Angeles, Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat I (Westside)
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
2019-03-08, Szczecin, The Kingdom of Sacredness Shambhala Kyerim

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2018-11-30, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Merlin Cox, ) Shambhala Training Weekend V: Open Sky
2018-12-03, London, Chaos & Letting Go - Open House Talk
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

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-12-01, Durham, Sadhana of Kindness Lung
2018-12-02, Edmonton (Shastri David Kahane, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Bodhisattva Dragon Retreat
2018-12-26, Vancouver, Scorpion Seal Assembly Winter Retreat: A Gathering of Heart Warriors
2019-01-11, Juneau, Kindness and Compassion
2019-01-12, Juneau, The Heart of Compassion
2019-01-20, Edmonton, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri David Kahane, ) Community Mahayana Retreat

Acharya Han De Wit's schedule:

2018-12-07, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan” Uitgesteld Feb 2019
2019-02-22, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2018-11-16, Karme Choling, Mudra Space Awareness
2019-02-17, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Bill Brauer, ) Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester
2019-03-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
2019-04-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Mudra Space Awareness
2019-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 3 & 4
2019-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3
2019-04-26, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-11-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II
2018-12-27, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Shambhala Weekthün: A Winter Refuge Retreat
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:

2018-12-06, Atlanta, The Dakini- Shambhala Online Event (Grant Park)
2018-12-06, Bellingham, Dharma Dialogues ~ Acharya Offerings to the Sangha ~ Thursday Afternoon Zoom Class ~ WOMEN IN BUDDHISM
2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2018
2019-05-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - May 2019

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2018-11-17, Prince Edward Island, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra
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
2019-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2019

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2018-12-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Shastri Janet Solyntjes, ) Month-Long Winter Meditation Retreat: Simplicity Dathün

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

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

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-12-26, Atlanta, Four Dignities Winter Weekthun Retreat
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
2018-12-02, Edmonton, (with: Shastri David Kahane, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Bodhisattva Dragon Retreat

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-12-29, Vienna, Winterpraxis - Zwischen den Jahren

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

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
2018-12-15, Krakow, QiGong 1 i 2 / QiGong Level 1 and 2
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

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2018-11-20, Pittsburgh, Teachers Circle (closed group)
2018-12-01, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Winter Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-01-10, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Learning Circles, 2019
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, Week-end méditation Shambhala
2019-02-15, Rotterdam, Rigden weekend

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2019-02-15, Cleveland, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2019-03-22, Minneapolis, Radical Responsibility: The Path of Authentic Relationships

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)

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2018-11-15, Shambhala Online, Shambhala Sadhana: The Dawn of Enlightened Society

Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez's schedule:

2018-11-23, Santiago, Nivel 1: El Arte de ser Humano

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

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)

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

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:

2018-12-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen
2018-12-27, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Winterklausur - Das Sadhana der Güte
2019-01-18, Hamburg, Offener Himmel

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2018-11-15, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat
2018-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2018
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
2019-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2019
2019-04-20, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

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 - Das Sadhana der Güte
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:

2018-12-04, Halifax, Extending Out and Touching In -- A Monthly Tonglen
2019-02-28, Halifax, Contentment in Everyday Life
2019-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2019

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2018-11-25, Cologne, Das Herz Sutra
2018-11-25, Ruhrgebiet, Das Herz Sutra
2019-03-23, London, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Claire Van Rhyn, ) Save the Date: Arts Weekend

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2018-12-01, Boulder, White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2019-01-11, Shambhala Mountain Center, Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2018-11-15, New York, Community Meeting
2018-11-16, New York, Entering the Stream: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2018-11-27, New York, Weekly Dharma Gathering: Transitions
2018-12-08, New York, Community Lhasang: Closing Ceremony for the New York Center

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2018-11-16, Paris, Perception extraordinaire
2018-12-14, Madrid, El camino del guerrero bodhisattva (Madrid)