Acharya Eve Rosenthal’s journey with the dharma began in 1973 after she had had her first big dose of impermanence following the death of her father before his 50th birthday. That began her search for “the meaning of life” holding the question “is there more to life than just doing stuff and then you die?” While in graduate school, a friend had mentioned the name of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and upon hearing his name, Eve knew he was somebody she wanted to meet. In fact, during a trip to India, the inspiration of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s name prompted her to take a land rover to the Tibetan border. What she saw there was the awesome grandeur of the mountains, a view that later helped her to understand what Tibetan meditation masters meant by “vastness”. When she returned from India, she asked her friend for some books, and was given a copy of Trungpa Rinpoche’s “Meditation in Action” and Suzuki Roshi’s “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”. In this period of her life, she also completed her Masters Degree in Systems and Information Science. Soon after, Eve moved to Boston and received meditation instruction. She experienced a small glimpse of peaceful abiding and was “sold” on meditation.
It was during the 1973 “Boston Dharma Fair” that Eve met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche for the first time and was rendered temporarily speechless. The experience of meeting him made it clear that she was home and that she needed to seek no other teacher. The next summer, she went to the then Naropa Institute, where she made a formal commitment to Buddhism by taking refuge with Trungpa Rinpoche and began her study of Tai Chi. When her mother started the journey to her death, Eve returned to New York City to care for her. She continued her studies of the dharma at the New York Shambhala Center, as well as her studies of Tai Chi and piano. She served as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in the mid-eighties, and it was during this period that Eve began to teach the dharma.
Eve moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1990, and began to teach and lead retreats more widely in North America and Europe, and also began teaching tai chi. Upon completing her doctorate in Computer Science in 1998, she immediately went into a 108-day solitary retreat—a fitting response to the conclusion of doctoral studies.
Combining her odd mix of dharma and computer skills she founded Shambhala Online – using the internet to hold classes through multi-point video conferencing. She continues to consult for Shambhala Online to the present day.
Eve developed a close relationship with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, assisting him with many programs. The Sakyong empowered her as a senior teacher in 2004, conferring upon her the title of Acharya. In 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed her “Chair of the Acharya Council”.
Eve continues to teach extensively at all levels – programs for the public, Shambhala training and Way of Shambhala classes, Enlightened Society and Warrior Assemblies, and leads retreats for advanced practitioners.
For many years, Eve was an associate professor of information technology at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and retired in 2011. She lives with her spouse, Basia, in Halifax.
Acharya Eve Rosenthal's schedule:
2020-04-25, Toronto, Engaged Compassion: Living as a Bodhisattva-Warrior