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:

2020-05-02, Denver, Taoist Qigong Level 4 is POSTPONED
2020-06-13, Boulder, Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 4 (New Tentative Date)

Acharya Daniele Bollini's schedule:

2020-07-25, Ticino, (with: Acharya Daniele Bollini, Giovanna Lucchini, ) Ritiro a Casa Garuda

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2020-11-26, Cologne, Bedingungslose Zuversicht - Rigden Wochenende

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2020-05-08, Montreal, The Treasury of the Three Yanas
2020-10-02, Dorje Denma Ling, Celebrating the Vajrayana

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2020-04-19, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course I: The First Noble Truth
2020-04-28, Vancouver, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri Course
2020-06-12, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Holly Gayley, Acharya Dan Hessey, ) Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation, and II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Acharya Han de Wit's schedule:

2020-04-04, Arnhem, Fundamentele goedheid in tijden van crisis - Een dag met Han de Wit

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2020-06-13, Pittsburgh, Qigong 4 - Iron and Silk: Strengthening the Body, Cleansing the Internal Organs
2020-06-15, Pittsburgh, Qigong 5 - Limitless Qi, Limitless Consciousness
2020-08-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, ) Weekthün: A Week of Meditation
2020-10-25, Dorje Denma Ling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1-3

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2020-04-06, Boulder, The Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part I
2020-05-04, Boulder, The Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part II
2020-06-01, Boulder, Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun: Part III
2020-06-05, Boulder, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2020-08-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, Natural Wakefulness: A Summer Half-Dathün, a 2 Week Meditation Retreat

Acharya Holly Gayley's schedule:

2020-04-11, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2020-04-25, Atlanta, Karma and How It Works
2020-04-30, Albuquerque, JOY In EVERYDAY LIFE (JIEL)
2020-06-12, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Holly Gayley, Acharya Dan Hessey ) Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation, and II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2020-04-24, Ottawa, Weekend Retreat: Making a True Move
2020-04-24, Ottawa, Evening Presentation: Introductory Session to Making a True Move

Acharya Dan Hessey's schedule:

2020-04-18, Edmonton, One Day Meditation Retreat: Creating a Culture of Kindness
2020-04-19, Edmonton, The Path of Recovery Retreat
2020-06-12, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Holly Gayley, Acharya Dan Hessey ) Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation, and II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2020-04-17, Durham, Chariot of Mahamudra - Indefinitely Postponed
2020-04-24, Boston, Boston Ashe Day
2020-04-25, Boston, What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha
2020-06-05, Dorje Denma Ling, Nine-Day Mahamudra Retreat 2020
2020-06-05, Dorje Denma Ling, Chariot of Mahamudra Weekend Retreat
2020-12-05, Austin, Love and Power

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health
2020-04-05, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2020-04-07, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2020-04-09, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2020-04-25, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 1 & Poziom 2 / QiGong Level 1 & Level 2
2020-05-16, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4
2020-06-06, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2020-07-18, Krakow, QiGong Poziom 3 / QiGong Level 3
2020-07-23, Vienna, Goldener Schlüssel - Golden Key
2020-08-15, Prague, (with: Acharya Samten Kobelt, Magda Brancewicz, ) Letní rodinný program / Summer Family Program
2020-08-22, Prague, Weeklong Meditation Retreat (weekthun) and Rigden Weekend
2020-09-05, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 4 / QiGong Level 4

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2020-04-04, Pittsburgh, Reconnection Day for Rigden Graduates - Postponed
2020-04-07, Pittsburgh, The Dharma of Coronavirus - Fear
2020-04-14, Pittsburgh, The Dharma of Coronavirus - Aloneness and Boredom
2020-04-21, Pittsburgh, At the Edge of Awakening: First class session rescheduled

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2020-05-02, Bern, Das Herzsutra
2020-05-29, Krakow, Poziom 1 Treningu Shambhali/ Shambhala Training Level I
2020-06-30, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2020-08-02, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - Intensive Meditation Retreat
2020-08-02, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - First Half
2020-08-16, Dechen Chöling, Summer Dathün - Second Half

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2020-04-15, Shambhala Online, Living with Resilience: How to Become Gentle and Tough (OE)
2020-04-19, Shambhala Online (Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course I: The First Noble Truth
2020-04-28, Vancouver (Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Fleet Maull, ) The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri Course
2020-06-13, Berkeley, Radical Responsibility: A Summer Meditation Retreat
2020-10-23, Krakow, THE EVENT TRAINING (A Breakthrough Training)
2020-11-06, Krakow, Podstawowa Dobroć Społeczeństwa - Jak mogę pomóc?
2020-04-05, Victoria, (with: Susan McConnell, Acharya Noel McLellan, Basia Solarz, ) Sexual Harm, Trauma, and the Healing Journey

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2020-04-18, Dechen Chöling, Why Vajrayana?
2020-04-25, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2020-06-20, Paris, Qiqong traditionnel chinois (niveaux 1 & 2)
2020-11-01, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 3

Acharya Arnd Riester's schedule:

2020-04-12, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Discovering the Moon of Human Kindness - Sadhana of Kindness Retreat
2020-08-18, Cologne, Weisheit im Alltag — Der Weg des Drachen
2020-10-03, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Warrior Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2020-05-21, Gran Canaria, Sabiduría en la Vida Cotidiana (WIEL)
2020-06-30, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 8
2020-08-07, Dorje Denma Ling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 10R

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2020-04-12, Dechen Chöling (Acharya Arnd Riester, Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Discovering the Moon of Human Kindness - Sadhana of Kindness Retreat
2020-05-15, Cologne, Mitfühlende Kommunikation
2020-10-03, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Acharya Arnd Riester, ) Warrior Assembly

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown's schedule:

2020-04-05, Shambhala Online, White Tara Live Practice Session - April 5
2020-04-12, Shambhala Online, White Tara Live Practice Session - April 12
2020-04-19, Shambhala Online, White Tara Live Practice Session - April 19
2020-06-12, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Holly Gayley, Acharya Dan Hessey ) Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation, and II: Living Wisdom and Compassion
2020-07-01, Shambhala Online, White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
2020-09-02, Karme Choling, White Tara
2020-09-04, Karme Choling, Dakini Wisdom: Revealing the Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism
2020-06-26, Dorje Denma Ling, (with: Basia Solarz, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Shambhala Queer Dharma Retreat

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2020-04-24, Albany, Entering the Stream: a retreat including Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows
2020-05-15, Boulder, The Wish Fulfilling Jewel: Money & Sacredness
2020-05-22, Denver, Armor of Fearlessness: Teaching on Death, Dying and the Bardos (Online)
2020-06-20, Dorje Denma Ling, Primordial Rigden Ngöndro & Werma Practice Intensive
2020-06-26, Dorje Denma Ling (Basia Solarz, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Shambhala Queer Dharma Retreat

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2020-06-26, Gran Canaria, RIGDEN, Confianza Incondicional
2020-04-04, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Strategies for Health