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:

2017-04-13, Davis (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2017-04-13, Shambhala Mountain Center, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training: Part II
2017-04-26, Boulder, Ngöndro Meditation Instructor Training
2017-05-31, 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
2017-09-08, Austin, Evening Event with Acharya Asrael
2017-09-09, Austin, Qigong I & II

Acharya Marianne Bots's schedule:

2017-06-03, Rotterdam, Boddhisattva gelofte weekend

Acharya Emily Bower's schedule:

2017-06-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat
2017-06-09, Shambhala Mountain Center, Summer Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats
2017-10-19, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Emily Bower, Acharya Mitchell Levy, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Christie Cashman's schedule:

2017-04-29, Marburg, Kyerim II
2017-11-10, Washington D.C, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-12-26, Karme Choling, Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life

Acharya Orhun Cercel's schedule:

2017-04-07, London, (with: Acharya Orhun Cercel, Lee Howson, ) Shambhala Training Level 4: Awakened Heart
2017-06-29, Marburg, Ridgen Wochenende

Acharya Susan Chapman's schedule:

2017-04-01, Nelson, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Russell Rodgers, ) Ashe Mahamudra and Vajrayana Practices Retreat
2017-04-15, Shambhala Online, (with: Acharya Susan Chapman, Greg Heffron, ) The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - April 2017
2017-04-20, Vancouver, Outrageous and Inscrutable
2017-04-29, Vancouver, Shambhala Vajrayana Weekend Retreat - Engaging in Sacred Dialogue: A Deep Study of the “Sacred World” Text in Social Context (Part 1)
2017-05-13, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-08-07, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-08-12, Karme Choling (Acharya Martin Janowitz, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-10-01, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering
2017-11-04, Vancouver, Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

Acharya Suzann Duquette's schedule:

2017-04-07, Boston, (with: Acharya Suzann Duquette, Andrea Doukas, Timothy Quigley, ) Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy II
2017-04-24, Karme Choling, QiGong Levels 1-3
2017-04-24, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2
2017-04-26, Karme Choling, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3
2017-08-09, Karme Choling, Rigden Natural Confidence
2017-09-29, Albany, Mudra - Body and Space Awareness
2017-11-03, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities
2017-11-03, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Meek
2017-11-05, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Perky
2017-11-07, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable
2017-11-17, Baltimore, Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy II

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's schedule:

2017-04-28, Shambhala Mountain Center, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
2017-07-31, Asheville, Fearlessness In Everyday Life
2017-08-11, Shambhala Mountain Center, (with: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Warrior Assembly
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, Fearlessness in Everyday Life - September 2017

Acharya Moh Hardin's schedule:

2017-04-07, Austin, Public Talk: The Power of Openness
2017-04-09, Austin, Bodhisattva Vows
2017-04-09, Austin, Refuge Vows
2017-04-13, San Antonio, Free Public Talk with Author Acharya Moh Hardin: The Power of Openness
2017-04-15, Dallas, Journey From the Head to the Heart: Warriorship in Modern Society
2017-04-15, San Antonio, Journey from the Head to the Heart: Warriorship in Modern Society
2017-04-16, San Antonio, Journey from the Head to the Heart: Communicating Amidst a Storm of Confusion
2017-04-18, San Antonio, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-04-18, San Antonio, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-04-22, Austin, Journey to the Heart
2017-04-29, Dallas, Journey from the Head to the Heart: Warriorship in Modern Society
2017-04-30, Dallas, Journey from the Head to the Heart: Communicating Amidst a Storm of Confusion
2017-05-02, Dallas, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-05-02, Dallas, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-05-05, Austin, Rigden Weekend

Acharya Arawana Hayashi's schedule:

2017-03-31, Sky Lake, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-04-07, Windhorse Retreat, Social Presencing Theater
2017-04-14, Columbus, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-05-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2017
2017-08-11, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, ) Warrior Assembly
2017-10-06, Philadelphia, Refuge Vow Ceremony Retreat
2017-12-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - December 2017

Acharya Jeremy Hayward's schedule:

2017-04-18, Dartmouth, Perceiving Sacred World
2017-09-16, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
2017-09-16, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun
2017-09-18, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Windhorse
2017-09-20, Karme Choling, Shambhala Training: Drala
2017-09-29, Ottawa, Exploring Vast Mind – Sacred World

Acharya Daniel Hessey's schedule:

2017-04-27, Shambhala Mountain Center, Ngöndro Intensive
2017-06-15, Shambhala Mountain Center, Mindfulness: A Window to the Heart

Acharya David Hope's schedule:

2017-05-20, Bristol, Level 5 - Open Sky
2017-12-27, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Practice Gathering

Acharya Martin Janowitz's schedule:

2017-04-04, Boston, Parinirvana Day: Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
2017-04-05, Boston, Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism: Working with mind and society in challenging times
2017-06-09, Boulder, Creating Enlightened Society: From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism
2017-08-12, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya Martin Janowitz, Acharya Susan Chapman, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Richard John's schedule:

2017-03-31, Madison, Maitri Five Wisdoms Weekend
2017-04-07, Ottawa, Maitri - Five Wisdom Energies
2017-04-10, Ottawa, Vajrayana Day
2017-04-20, Lexington, Acharya Visit
2017-04-22, Lexington, Finding Your Way in a Troubled World
2017-04-24, Lexington, Vajrayana Practice Day: Ashe Mahamudra
2017-04-28, Durham, Being Awake In a Troubled World - Open to All!
2017-04-30, Durham, Refuge Vows and Bodhisattva Vows
2017-06-09, Victoria, Chariot of Mahamudra
2017-06-16, South Shore, Living, Dying, and the Path of Meditation

Acharya Samten Kobelt's schedule:

2017-04-02, Dechen Chöling (Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Qigong and Meditation Retreat
2017-04-22, Madrid, Chigong: niveles 1 y 2 (Madrid)
2017-04-28, Besancon, Présentation Qi Gong traditionnel chinois
2017-04-29, Besancon, Qi Gong traditionnel chinois
2017-05-06, Szczecin, QiGong Poziom 1 i Poziom2 // QiGong level1 &level2
2017-05-28, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 3)
2017-05-30, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 4)
2017-06-01, Dechen Chöling, Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (level 5)
2017-06-09, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 5 : Ciel ouvert
2017-06-16, Besancon, Qu'est-ce qui est vrai ? ou "la bonté fondamentale des phénomènes".
2017-08-13, Dechen Chöling, Summer Ngöndro Retreat
2018-01-05, Melbourne, Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Northern Rivers(AUS), Summer Dathun: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria
2018-01-05, Sydney, Summer Dathun: A month of meditation near Euroa, Victoria

Acharya Mitchell Levy's schedule:

2017-04-28, Providence, Three Jewels Weekend - Refuge / Bodhisatva Vows
2017-06-23, Providence, Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence
2017-10-19, Shambhala Mountain Center (Acharya Emily Bower, Acharya Mitchell Levy, ) Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Adam Lobel's schedule:

2017-04-05, Pittsburgh, Reclaiming the Sacred: Sensing and Protecting Our World
2017-04-06, St. Johnsbury, Who Am I - The Basic Goodness of Being Human
2017-04-09, Pittsburgh, Full Moon Gatherings and Shambhala Sadhana Practice: A monthly event for members
2017-04-20, Toronto, Sparking Wisdom
2017-04-28, Pittsburgh, Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky
2017-05-31, 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
2017-06-18, Baltimore, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Shastri Stephen Clarke, ) Shambhala Educator Training
2017-07-07, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-07-07, Shambhala Northern California, (with: Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - October 2017

Acharya Fleet Maull's schedule:

2017-06-08, Chicago, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation
2017-06-09, Chicago, Way of Shambhala Retreat: Rigden Weekend - Unconditional Confidence
2017-06-16, Shambhala Mountain Center, Engaged Mindfulness Retreat: Fearlessly Embracing
2018-03-23, Austin, Save the Date: Public Talk with Acharya Fleet Maull
2018-03-24, Austin, Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook & Social Transformation

Acharya Barbara Märtens's schedule:

2017-04-20, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-04-21, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation II - für Meditationsunterweiser und Guides
2017-04-28, Warsaw, Nauki o 6 paramitach i Ślubowanie Bodhisattwy
2017-05-11, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-05-27, Hamburg, Selbstfürsorge und Mitgefühl
2017-06-02, Lviv, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Shastri Maksym Lan, ) Enlightened Society Assembly / Асамблея Просвітленого Суспільства
2017-06-22, Hamburg, Shambhala Meditation
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly
2017-09-29, Cologne, (with: Acharya Barbara Märtens, Anne Eltz, ) Große Östliche Sonne und Windpferd

Acharya William McKeever's schedule:

2017-09-29, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: A Month of Meditation
2017-09-29, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: Week 1
2017-10-06, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: Week 2
2017-10-14, Karme Choling, (with: Acharya William McKeever, Shastri Calryn Aston, ) Dathün: Weeks 3-4

Acharya Magali Meneses Ibañez's schedule:

2017-08-18, Santiago, Senda Sagrada: Llave de Oro
2017-04-13, Davis, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan, ) Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
2017-07-31, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens, ) Sacred World Assembly
2017-08-25, Dechen Chöling, (with: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 8

Acharya Melissa Moore's schedule:

2017-06-08, New York, Powerful Practices for Challenging Times: An Introduction to Karuna Training
2017-07-07, Berkeley (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-07-07, Shambhala Northern California (Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Melissa Moore, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-08, Boulder, Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2017-04-29, Dechen Chöling, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: Silent - 6 day - Teacher-Led
2017-05-01, Shambhala Online, Walking the Bodhisattva Path / Caminar por la senda del bodhisattva
2017-05-01, Shambhala Online, Cheminer sur la voie du bodhisattva
2017-05-12, Berlin, Qi Gong #1 & 2
2017-06-14, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 5
2017-08-13, Dechen Chöling, Summer Werma and Scorpion Seal Retreat
2017-10-07, Dechen Chöling, The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Silent retreat

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell's schedule:

2017-04-09, Dechen Chöling, Vajrayana Festival: Birth, Death and In Between
2017-04-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2017
2017-08-25, Dechen Chöling (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) Scorpion Seal Assembly 8
2017-09-08, Karme Choling (Eva Wong, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) The Natural World as Teacher
2017-09-15, Shambhala Online, Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - September 2017
2017-10-02, Asheville, Wisdom in Everyday Life
2017-11-15, Shambhala Online, Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2017

Acharya Sabine Rolf's schedule:

2017-04-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017
2017-04-14, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, ) Osterwoche: Fünf Schlüssel zur achtsamen Kommunikation - ACHTUNG verkürzt!!
2017-04-22, Drome, Apprendre à donner et à recevoir des « feed-back » de façon authentique : une culture de la bienveillance
2017-07-09, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017
2017-08-03, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Versammlung der Erleuchteten Gesellschaft (ESA)
2017-10-22, Cologne, (with: Acharya Sabine Rolf, Shastri Arnd Riester, ) Jahresgruppe 2017

Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:

2017-04-05, Albuquerque, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Karin Williams, ) Contentment in Everyday Life
2017-04-21, Halifax, Name Interviews
2017-04-22, Halifax, Refuge Vow Ceremony
2017-09-15, Santiago, (with: Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Asamblea de Guerreros
2017-10-15, Shambhala Online, Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2017

Acharya David Schneider's schedule:

2017-06-02, Cologne, Scorpion Seal /Werma Retreat
2017-06-28, Dechen Chöling, (with: Acharya David Schneider, Shastri Jane Hope, ) Enlightened Society Assembly
2017-09-07, Dechen Chöling, Scorpion Seal Assembly 2

Acharya Alan Schwartz's schedule:

2017-04-22, Berkeley, (with: Acharya Alan Schwartz, Kelsey Blackwell, ) Oakland Shambhala Fundraiser and Anniversary Gathering (at Temescal Arts Center)
2017-04-22, San Francisco, (with: Acharya Alan Schwartz, Kelsey Blackwell, ) Oakland Shambhala Fundraiser and Anniversary Gathering (at Temescal Arts Center)

Acharya Susan Skjei's schedule:

2017-04-16, Boulder, Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
2017-04-16, Boulder, Bodhichitta Talk - Open to all

Acharya Eric Spiegel's schedule:

2017-04-04, New York, Parinirvana Day: 30th Anniversary
2017-04-21, New York, Becoming a Shambhala Person: Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows
2017-06-02, Boston, Rigden Weekend
2017-09-15, Santiago (Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Eric Spiegel, ) Asamblea de Guerreros
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Friday Evening Talk
2017-11-10, New York, Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again
2017-12-01, Brunswick/Portland, UNCONDITIONAL CONFIDENCE: RIGDEN WEEKEND

Acharya Alfonso Taboada's schedule:

2017-06-09, Hamburg, Extraordinary Perception

Acharya Han Wit's schedule:

2017-04-04, Leiden, Parinirvana van Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
2017-04-14, Amsterdam, Shambhala Training Rigden weekend - Onvoorwaardelijk zelfvertrouwen
2017-04-02, Dechen Chöling, (with: Eva Wong, Acharya Samten Kobelt, ) Qigong and Meditation Retreat
2017-09-08, Karme Choling, (with: Eva Wong, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, ) The Natural World as Teacher