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.

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Acharya Dale Asrael's schedule:

2019-03-01, Boulder, Way of the Moon: Awakening Kindness
2019-03-22, Denver, Deepening with Heart: Shambhala Meditation 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:

2019-03-08, 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:

2019-03-09, Wellington, Rigden Weekend
2019-03-16, Auckland, Windhorse
2019-03-22, Northern Rivers(AUS), MEEK
2019-04-06, Melbourne, Shambhala Training Level IV - Awakened Heart
2019-04-19, Adelaide, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training

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
2019-09-13, Dorje Denma Ling, Celebrating the Vajrayana

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

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:

2019-02-28, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - February 2019
2019-04-19, Victoria, Choosing Love: Engaged Buddhism in times of crisis and conflict
2019-04-26, Seattle, The End Of Suffering: claiming our vulnerability as strength
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:

2019-02-23, Amsterdam, Introductieweekend “de Weg van de Maan”

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

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, 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:

2019-02-28, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2019
2019-03-23, Casa Werma Mexico, Awakening the Heart of Compassion: A People of Color Community Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

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

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2019-02-21, Dallas, Public Talk - Can Meditation Foster Sanity in Turbulent Times? (Unity of Dallas)
2019-02-23, Dallas, Can Buddhist Wisdom Foster Sanity in Turbulent Times?
2019-02-24, Dallas, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times
2019-03-02, Austin, Vajrayana Gathering
2019-03-03, Austin, Children's Blessing
2019-03-03, Austin, Refuge Vows
2019-03-03, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows
2019-04-06, Prince Edward Island, The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

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:

2019-02-21, Los Angeles, What is Real?: Seeing Things As They Are -- A Public Talk
2019-02-22, Los Angeles, Power and Magic: Windhorse and Drala as Antidotes in the Dark Age -- A Special Members Gathering
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:

2019-03-02, Bristol, Level 1 - Art of Being Human in Dorchester

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2019-02-27, Casa Werma Mexico, 10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat
2019-03-23, Mexico City, ¿En qúe podemos confiar? Con Acharya Richard John
2019-04-05, Austin, Awakening Your Five Wisdom Energies: The Practice of Maitri
2019-04-12, Boston, The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsogyal
2019-04-13, Boston, Chariot of Mahamudra
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:

2019-02-23, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 1 i 2 / QiGong Level 1 & 2
2019-03-01, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2019-03-16, Bern, Was ist real? - Die grundlegende Gutheit der Wirklichkeit
2019-03-22, Paris, Arts contemplatifs - Danse contemplative
2019-04-12, Vienna, Daoistisches Qigong - Stufe 3
2019-04-27, Szczecin, Barwy Współczucia / Colours of Compassion
2019-06-22, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois - Niveau 3

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:

2019-03-02, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Spring Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-04-06, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Spring Retreat Day (closed group)
2019-04-27, Pittsburgh, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Michelle King, Fitzhugh Shaw, ) Silent Transformations: Ecological Destruction as Spiritual Practice
2019-05-04, Pittsburgh, Wisdom, Compassion, and Space: Early Summer Retreat Day (closed group)

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2019-03-22, Hamburg, Rigden Wochenende-Unbedingte Zuversicht
2019-05-10, Marburg, Workshop: Mitgefühl und Selbstwahrnehmung - achtsame Kommunikation und Interaktion (2)
2019-06-24, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 4
2019-07-19, London, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Peter Conradi, ) Bleddfa Retreat : Maitri Space Awareness
2019-08-02, Szczecin, PRZBUDZONE SERCE I UMYSŁ Dwutygodniowy program medytacyjny / AWAKEN HEART AND MIND 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
2019-10-24, Krakow, THE EVENT TRAINING

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)
2019-04-20, Denver, Vajra Sangha Practice Day
2019-06-14, Denver, Sacred Path: Drala

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

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
2019-08-10, Budapest, Weekthün : Sitting Still and Drala Dance

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2019-04-14, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 1/4
2019-06-01, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 2/4
2019-07-12, Cologne, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Friederike Tröscher, ) Body-Mind-Centering und Meditation
2019-10-13, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 3/4
2019-12-08, Cologne (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 4/4

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2019-02-28, 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: Unifying the Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun
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
2019-04-14, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 1/4
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
2019-06-01, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 2/4
2019-07-26, Vienna, Maitri-Raumgewahrseins-Seminar
2019-10-13, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 3/4
2019-12-08, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Mondjahr - Fortbildung und Mond der Güte-Praxis 4/4

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2019-03-13, Tulsa, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Susan Singh, Anna Veronesi, Scott Spicer, ) Contentment In Everyday Life
2019-03-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2019

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2019-03-01, Davis, The Heart Sutra
2019-03-23, London, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Claire Van Rhyn, ) Intentional Space: Working with our daily environments
2019-04-12, Hamburg, DHATU – KUNST IM ALLTAG
2019-05-24, Cologne, Bodhisattva Vow - das Bodhisattvagelübde
2019-06-14, Hamburg, Shambhala Training Stufe 1 - Die Kunst Mensch zu sein

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2019-03-05, New York, Weekly Dharma Gathering:
2019-04-12, Philadelphia, (with: Acharya Eric Spiegel, Thomas Berthoff, ) Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2019-03-22, Madrid, El camino del guerrero bodhisattva
2019-03-24, Madrid, Ceremonia del Voto de refugio
2019-03-24, Madrid, Ceremonia del Voto de bodhisattva