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:

2018-07-22, Boulder, (with: Acharya Dale Asrael, Shastri Janet Solyntjes, ) Community Practice Morning: Returning to the Ground
2018-08-24, Shambhala Mountain Center, Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II
2018-09-01, Boulder, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Programs 1 & 2
2018-10-13, Portland (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2019-01-05, Melbourne, Summer 2019 Meditation and QiGong Retreat (Weekthun 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.
2019-04-16, Casa Werma Mexico, SPMI Training, Part 2

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2018-07-27, , (with: Acharya Daniele Bollini, Shastri Regula Stöckli, ) Assemblea della Società Illuminata - a Casa Garuda
2018-07-27, Ticino, (with: Acharya Daniele Bollini, Shastri Regula Stöckli, ) Assemblea della Società Illuminata - a Casa Garuda
2018-08-25, Ticino, Livello 1 - L'arte di essere umani
2018-09-07, Ticino, Livello 1 - L'arte di essere umani - a Cagliari

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Barbara Märtens, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-10-05, Leiden, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Shastri Anne Bakker, ) Shambhala Training 1 - De kunst van het mens-zijn
2018-10-19, Arnhem, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”
2019-01-11, Rotterdam, De Weg van de Maan
2019-02-22, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Marianne Bots, Fred Welsem, ) Regionale Verlichte Samenlevingsbijeenkomst (ESA)

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2018-08-03, Austin, (with: Acharya Emily Bower, Dr. Bobby Hudgins, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2018-08-12, Dorje Denma Ling, (with: Shastri Mary Campbell, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2018-08-08, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Vajrayana Retreat: Community, Practice, Kindness
2019-02-28, Marburg, Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2018-09-23, London, The London Ashe Society
2018-09-23, London, Devotion & Visualisation - A Vajrayana Afternoon
2018-09-28, Paris, La Voie Shambhala – Rigden : la confiance inconditionnelle
2018-11-02, Rotterdam, Shambhala Training niveau 1 - De kunst van het mens zijn
2018-11-30, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Merlin Cox, ) Shambhala Training Weekend V: Open Sky
2019-01-19, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Shastri Tessa Watt, ) Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2018-08-01, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - August 2018
2018-09-23, Vancouver, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Joachim Sehrbrock, Shastri Mariel Gomez, Shastri John Fox, ) Way of the Moon: A Year of Deep Study and Practice of the Sadhana of Kindness and Shambhala Mahayana
2018-11-09, Victoria, Way of the Moon: Introducing the Sadhana of Kindness

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2018-08-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Trinley Busby, ) Warrior Assembly
2018-09-04, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Bill Brauer, ) Mukpo Institute: Fall Semester
2018-09-21, Karme Choling (Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body
2018-10-12, Shambhala Nederland, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Sacred Ritual Academy Europe, year 2
2018-11-02, St. Johnsbury, Rigden Weekend
2018-11-16, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Mudra Space Awareness
2019-03-15, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2018-09-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2018
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico (Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, ) POC Shambhala Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2018-09-14, Shambhala Mountain Center, The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Joy in Everyday Life - December 2018

Acharya Michael Greenleaf's schedule:

2018-08-24, Toronto, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2018-09-21, Sydney Cape Breton, Basic Goodness - How can I help?
2018-09-24, Sydney Cape Breton, Harvest of Peace Celebration
2018-10-12, Fredericton, Acharya Moh Hardin’s Annual Fall Teaching

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

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2018-08-24, Sky Lake, Leadership From The I Ching: Natural Hierarchy & Distributed Empowerment
2018-11-15, New York, (with: Acharya Daniel Hessey, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Shastri Elizabeth Reid, Shastri Sheila Bascetta, ) Shambhala Teacher Training

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2018-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2018-08-10, Dorje Denma Ling, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2018-09-14, Washington D.C, Shambhala Dzokchen Vajra Retreat
2018-09-18, Washington D.C, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-09-18, Washington D.C, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-10-26, Madison, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2019-01-25, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-02-08, Durham, Sadhana of Kindness Transmission
2019-02-27, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Beate Kirchhof-Schlage's schedule:

2018-09-21, Hamburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 3 - Kriegerin/Krieger in der Welt
2018-12-29, Vienna, Winterpraxiswoche mit Acharya Beate Kirchhoff-Schlafe

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2018-08-04, Krakow, QiGong 1 i 2
2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Barbara Märtens, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-10-03, Karme Choling, Qigong Levels 4-5
2018-10-03, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4
2018-10-05, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5
2018-11-01, Cologne, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Marita Heukelom, ) Maitri - Die Farben des Jetzt
2018-11-24, Amsterdam, Qigong niveau 1 & 2 met Acharya Samten Kobelt
2018-12-07, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
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)
2019-03-22, Paris, Arts contemplatifs - Danse contemplative
2019-06-09, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois - Niveau 3

Acharya Charlene Leung's schedule:

2018-09-08, Shambhala Online (Joseph Nutini, Nikki Hunt, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Cultivating Dignity II: A Deeper Dive
2018-09-28, Chicago, (with: Acharya Charlene Leung, Miriam Hall, ) Enlightened Investigation: Uncovering Social Bias and Creating Vibrant Community

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

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:

2018-08-19, Dechen Chöling, Dakini Principle: Wisdom at Hand
2018-09-06, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 3
2018-11-02, Marburg, The Lost Art of good conversation - Workshop zur achtsamen Kommunikation
2018-11-10, Bern, Shambhala Meditation
2019-02-08, Paris, Week-end méditation Shambhala

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2018-08-15, Shambhala Mountain Center (Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull, Rhonda Magee, ) Compassion in Action
2018-10-11, Birmingham, A Public Talk - Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook and Social Transformation
2018-10-12, Birmingham, Radical Responsibility - A Special Weekend Program
2018-10-14, Birmingham, The Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-10-14, Birmingham, The Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-11-09, Krakow, Program otwarty "Podstawowa dobroć 1 - Kim jestem?"/ "Basic Goodness 1 - Who am I?"
2018-11-24, Karme Choling, Ashe Mahamudra Vajrayana Retreat

Acharya Noel McLellan's schedule:

2018-07-24, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Noel McLellan, Tony Cape, D'Arcy Colby, Alexander Devaron, ) Teaching from the Heart
2018-08-12, Dorje Denma Ling (Shastri Mary Campbell, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2018-09-13, Halifax, n. tara
2018-10-13, Portland (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2018-10-13, Portland, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2018-10-06, Los Angeles, RIGDEN: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership (Eagle Rock)
2019-03-21, San Antonio, Regional Vajrayana City Retreat (in Austin)
2018-09-08, Shambhala Online, (with: Joseph Nutini, Nikki Hunt, Acharya Charlene Leung, ) Cultivating Dignity II: A Deeper Dive

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2018-08-08, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, ) Vajrayana Retreat: Community, Practice, Kindness
2018-09-21, Vienna, Der Weg des Mondes – Das Sadhana der Freundlichkeit
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly - France
2018-11-03, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2019-02-02, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)
2019-04-12, Marseille, Rigden, la confiance inconditionnelle
2019-06-07, Paris, La Voie Shambhala – Rigden : la confiance inconditionnelle

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2018-09-23, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Lerngruppe 3. Treffen
2018-10-26, Cologne, Die Drei Juwelen - Zeremonie der Zufluchtnahme
2018-10-30, Cologne, Furchtlosigkeit im Alltag
2018-12-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Lerngruppe 4. Treffen

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2018-08-24, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 9
2018-09-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - September 2018
2018-10-12, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal 10 Weekend Retreat
2018-11-15, Karme Choling, Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat
2018-12-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2018

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

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:

2018-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2018
2019-02-28, Halifax, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Jeffrey Scott, ) Contentment in Everyday Life
2018-08-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull, Rhonda Magee, ) Compassion in Action

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2018-09-11, Cologne, Grundlegende Gutheit 3 - Was ist wirklich?

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2018-10-05, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Susan Skjei, Dr. Michael Gayner, ) Foundations of Authentic Leadership
2018-11-16, Chicago, (with: Acharya Susan Skjei, Gretchen Neve, ) Foundations of Authentic Leadership

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2018-08-01, New York, Vajra Sangha Gathering
2018-09-14, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again
2018-09-28, Gainesville, Unconditional Confidence: Rigden Weekend
2018-10-01, Gainesville, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2018-10-01, Gainesville, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2018-10-19, New York, Vajra Assembly
2018-12-14, New York, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2018-09-28, Gran Canaria, Las tres joyas del budismo en el mundo actual

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

2018-11-02, Leiden, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”
2018-12-07, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”
2018-09-21, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body