Mathias Pongracz

Mathias Pongracz

Acharya Mathias Pongracz was born to Hungarian parents in Africa, where he passed his childhood with 6 other siblings.

After some years in Belgium he settled in Austria, where he sutdied political science and interpreting.  For 20 years he worked as television journalist for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) where he was formerly the East European Correspondent. Acharya Pongracz joined Shambhala in 1983 and attended seminary with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1984 and again in 1985. When the Saykong (then Sawang) taught his first 3 month seminary at SMC in 1992 he asked Mathias Pongracz to serve on the Seminary teachers faculty.

Mathias also studied closely with Kobun Chino Roshi, with whom he sat many sesshins from 1992 until his paranirvana in 2002.  Acharya Pongracz is the former director of Shambhala Training in Vienna and the father of one daughter. From 2006 until spring 2012 Acharya Mathias Pongracz was resident teacher at Dechen Chöling, the european land center of Shambhala Europe in France.

He introduced the MBSR program in France at a time when it was unknown there. A few years ago he started a Shambhala group in Hungary (Budapest). He is currently based in Vienna, and teaches in, French, Hungarian and German , traveling to Shambhala Centers in Eastern Europe, France and other countries.

He also teaches programs on Mindfulness Stress reduction, and has practice in Qi Gong and the art of hosting.


Teaching Topics
“Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”
Warrior Assembly
French Teacher Training
All Shambhala Training Levels
Werma Intensive
Sutrayana Seminary
Rigden Abisheka / Werma Training
Scorpion Seal Assemblies (2,3)
Enlightened Society Assembly
The Shambhala Principle
Sadhana of Mahamudra
Shambhala Sadhana

Acharya Mathias Pongracz's schedule:

2018-01-27, 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
2018-02-08, Cape Town, Open Talk: Beyond Mindfulness - Creating a Culture of Kindness
2018-02-09, Cape Town, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, MaryAnne Botha, ) Rigden Weekend
2018-02-24, Vienna, Daoistisches QiGong, Stufe 1 & 2
2018-03-04, London, (with: Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Jude Hudson, ) Coming Home
2018-03-15, Shambhala Online, (WBP in French) Cheminer sur la voie du bodhisattva
2018-03-16, Paris, Ashe Mahamudra
2018-03-23, Budapest, A kedvesség kultúrája – Mindfulness a társadalomban
2018-04-14, Vienna, Weekthun in Puregg mit Mathias Pongracz
2018-04-27, Paris, La Voie Shambhala - Niveau 1 : L'art d'être humain
2018-04-30, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat
2018-06-06, Prague, Ashe Mahamudra
2018-06-15, Vienna, Ridgen - Unbedingte Zuversicht / Ridgen - Unconditional Confidence
2018-10-23, Dechen Chöling, Enlightened Society Assembly - France
2018-11-03, Dechen Chöling, Silent Mindfulness Retreat