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:

2017-12-30, Fort Collins (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Charlie Goetzl ) Shambhala Educators - Independent Study: Second Annual P&E Gathering via Shambhala Online
2018-01-13, Birmingham (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-02-24, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Shambhala Educator Training

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2017-12-03, Amsterdam, Ashe Genootschap met Acharya Marianne Bots
2017-12-27, Arnhem, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Shastri Ancilla Steekelenburg, ) Oudejaars Vierthun: 27 – 30 december in Arnhem
2018-01-26, Amsterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2018-03-16, Arnhem, Lojong geest training in combinatie met tong len oefeningen

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2017-11-19, Los Angeles, (Eagle Rock) Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-11-19, Los Angeles, (Eagle Rock) Refuge Vow Ceremony

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2017-12-26, Karme Choling, Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life
2018-02-19, Boulder, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2017-12-01, London, 'The Basic Goodness Series': How Can I Help Others?
2017-12-12, London, Developing insight into our problems - Open House Talk
2018-01-18, Maastricht, Shambhala Training nivo 1
2018-03-02, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training Rigden weekend - Onvoorwaardelijk zelfvertrouwen

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-11-19, Edmonton, Shambhala Vow Ceremony; and Shastri Oath Ceremony followed by a Reception
2018-02-03, Vancouver, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence (Prerequisites Apply)
2018-04-07, Nelson, Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Practices Retreat

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2017-12-01, Durham, Shambhala Sadhana Feast
2017-12-02, Durham, Daoist Qigong Levels I & II
2018-01-26, Albany, Mudra - Body and Space Awareness
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
2018-08-31, Halifax, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Ritual Academy II

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-01-25, Albuquerque, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Lulu Strongheart, ) Fearlessness in Everyday Life
2018-02-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2018

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2017-12-15, Casa Werma Mexico, Half-Dathun: Illuminating Basic Goodness
2017-12-15, Casa Werma Mexico, Weekthun: Illuminating Basic Goodness
2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2017
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

Acharya Michael Greenleaf's schedule:

2018-05-05, White River, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2017-11-24, Sydney Cape Breton, Teachings on the Heart Sutra
2018-02-04, Austin, Children's Blessing
2018-02-04, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows
2018-02-04, Austin, Refuge Vows
2018-02-10, Austin, Weekend Program w/Acharya Hardin
2018-03-02, Austin, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2017

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2017-12-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Winter Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats
2017-12-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Winter Dathun: Creating Enlightened Society

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2017-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering
2018-02-09, Malaga, Nivel 1 del Aprendizaje Shambhala: El arte de ser humano (Málaga)
2018-03-16, Bristol, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-12-01, Milwaukee, Shambhala Meditation: Radical Simplicity for Troubled Times
2017-12-03, Milwaukee, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-12-03, Milwaukee, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-12-04, Milwaukee, Vajrayana Retreat: Ashe Mahamudra, Rigden Ngondro and Werma Sadhana
2017-12-07, Madison, Life is Short. What Matters?
2017-12-09, Madison, SHAMBHALA MEDITATION: RADICAL SIMPLICITY FOR TROUBLED TIMES
2018-01-06, Karme Choling, Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2018-01-06, Karme Choling, Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)
2018-01-06, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)
2018-01-21, Karme Choling, Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)
2018-02-23, Shambhala Mountain Center, 9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-04-27, Ottawa, ASHE MAHAMUDRA RETREAT
2018-06-08, Durham, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-09-21, Hamburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 3 - Kriegerin/Krieger in der Welt

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2017-11-24, Paris, MAITRI ET DANSE CONTEMPLATIVE
2017-12-02, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 1 i 2
2017-12-08, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2017-12-26, Marburg, Die Essenz des Lebens nähren - Qigong Stufen 1-3
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Half Dathün
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Weekthün
2018-01-05, Northern Rivers(AUS), Summer Dathun: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Sydney, Summer Dathun: A meditation retreat near Euroa, Victoria
2018-03-02, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2018-03-07, Berlin, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro City Retreat
2018-03-26, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Embodying the Tao in Your Qigong Practice
2018-05-09, Marseille, Festival Shambhala
2018-06-15, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2018-07-13, Vienna, Enlightened Society Assembly in Vienna

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2017-12-05, Providence, Wielding Yes and No in Challenging Times: A Salon

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-11-30, Washington D.C, The Warrior's Journey: Public Talk
2017-12-03, Washington D.C, Special Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-12-07, Pittsburgh, Thursday Evening Dharma Talks
2017-12-14, Pittsburgh, Thursday Evening Dharma Talks
2017-12-21, Pittsburgh, Thursday Evening Dharma Talks
2017-12-30, Fort Collins, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Charlie Goetzl, ) Shambhala Educators - Independent Study: Second Annual P&E Gathering via Shambhala Online
2018-02-24, Baltimore (Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Adam Lobel, ) Shambhala Educator Training
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

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2017-12-26, Pioneer Valley, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2018-01-19, Pioneer Valley, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2018-02-23, Karme Choling, A Retreat on Shambhala Meditation
2018-03-23, Austin, Save the Date: Public Talk with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-03-24, Austin, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation
2018-10-11, Birmingham, Acharya visit

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2017-12-15, Warsaw, Nauki o 6 paramitach i Ślubowanie Bodhisattwy/ Teaching on 6 paramitas and the Bodhisattva Vow
2018-01-18, Hamburg, Die Kunst, wirklich hilfreich zu sein
2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2018-02-23, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - First 2 weeks
2018-03-09, Dechen Chöling, Spring Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat - Second 2 weeks
2018-03-23, Vienna, Save the date: Frühlingswoche mit Acharya Barbara Märtens

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, ) 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, ) Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4

Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez's schedule:

2017-11-25, Santiago, Voto de Bodhisattva
2018-02-11, Santiago (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea Regional del Mundo Sagrado y Abhisheka del Rigden
2018-01-13, Birmingham, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-02-11, Santiago, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea Regional del Mundo Sagrado y Abhisheka del Rigden

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2017-12-27, Berkeley, The Moon of Kindness: A Societal Winter Retreat
2018-02-02, Albuquerque, Rigden Weekend
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
2018-04-19, Boulder, (with: Acharya Melissa Moore, Acharya Holly Gayley, ) The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Community - Outrageous & Inscrutable

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2017-11-24, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1 & 2)
2017-11-30, Marseille, Comment rester ouvert quand tout va mal ?
2017-12-01, Marseille, Assemblée VAJRA : comment faire surgir la confiance inconditionnelle?
2017-12-27, Vienna, Die Erde berühren – Winterretreat „Zwischen den Zeiten“
2018-01-01, Vienna, Ashe reveals Confidence and Compassion – Winterretreat II
2018-01-20, Lyon, L'art d'être humain - Niveau 1 de l'Apprentissage Shambhala
2018-02-02, Cape Town, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, MaryAnne Botha, ) Level 5 - Open Sky
2018-02-09, Cape Town, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, MaryAnne Botha, ) Rigden Weekend
2018-02-24, Vienna, Daoistisches QiGong, Stufe 1 & 2
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Walking the Bodhisattva Path / Caminar por la senda del bodhisattva
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, (WBP in French) Cheminer sur la voie du bodhisattva
2018-04-27, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 1 : L'art d'être humain
2018-04-30, Dechen Chöling, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Silent - 6 day
2018-06-15, Vienna, Ridgen - Unbedingte Zuversicht / Ridgen - Unconditional Confidence
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly - France

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-02-27, Cologne, Grundlegende Gutheit 2 - wie kann ich helfen?
2018-03-24, Prague, Zimní rodinný program
2018-03-24, Prague, Winter Family Program
2018-03-27, Cologne, Rigden Ngöndro Woche

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2017-12-06, Atlanta, Qigong 1 & 2
2017-12-08, Atlanta, Rigden
2017-12-16, Atlanta, Gathering for Shambhala Guides and MIs
2017-12-26, Atlanta, Winter Weekthun Retreat
2018-01-13, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 9 Practice Intensive
2018-01-21, Karme Choling, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro Retreat
2018-02-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - February 2018
2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2018-02-26, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun
2018-02-28, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Windhorse
2018-03-02, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Drala
2018-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2018
2018-04-21, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival: The Shambhala Lineage of Crazy Wisdom

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2017-12-26, Halifax, Winter Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive -- Shambhala Dzogchen
2018-02-11, Santiago (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez, ) Asamblea Regional del Mundo Sagrado y Abhisheka del Rigden
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2018

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2017-12-27, Cologne, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Marita Heukelom, ) Rigden Ngöndro Praxiswoche
2017-12-27, Cologne, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Marita Heukelom, ) Winterretreat

Acharya Alan Schwartz's schedule:

2017-12-08, Berkeley, Rigden Weekend
2018-01-12, Berkeley, Golden Key
2018-01-20, Sonoma, Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2017-12-30, Fort Collins (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Charlie Goetzl ) Shambhala Educators - Independent Study: Second Annual P&E Gathering via Shambhala Online
2018-03-06, Boulder, Awakening In Society: How Can I Help?

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2018-01-12, Seattle, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership
2018-01-16, Boulder, Awakening In Society: What is Real?

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-12-01, Brunswick/Portland, UNCONDITIONAL CONFIDENCE: RIGDEN WEEKEND
2018-01-22, New York, Sangha Night: A Gathering for Students Who Have Taken Shambhala, Refuge, or Bodhisattva Vows
2018-02-23, Boston, Kurukulla Intensive
2018-06-22, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
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:

2018-02-02, Madrid, Las tres joyas del budismo en el mundo actual (Madrid)
2018-02-04, Madrid, Ceremonia del voto del refugio (Madrid)

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

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