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Acharya Christie Cashman

Christie first encountered the dharma as a young girl. During a long stay in Japan, she made daily visits to Buddhist and Shinto temples and began to feel a deep connection with the penetrating quietude of these environments. It was years later in 1968, while studying at the University of California in Berkeley, that Christie learned to meditate under the guidance of Suzuki Roshi. A few years later Christie picked up Trungpa Rrinpoche’s Meditation in Action.  Learning of Rinpoche’s “resonant and outrageous” lifestyle, she sold her belongings, packed a little bag and moved to Boulder, Colorado to become his student. That…

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Acharya Eve Rosenthal

Acharya Eve Rosenthal teaches internationally for Shambhala. A long-time student of the Druk Sakyong and Sakyong Mipham, she has been practicing and teaching the stroke of Ashe for several decades. She is the founder of Shambhala Online which offers live, interactive events and classes. She is Chair of the Acharya Council, Shambhala’s most senior teachers.

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Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Soon after reading Meditation in Action, Gaylon heard the Vidyadhara teach several summer seminars in Vermont. In 1973, after giving a “particularly panic-stricken and disorganized ” open house talk, Gaylon joined Tail of the Tiger Buddhist Community (now Karme Choling) where he worked in the garden, set the tractor on fire, and took people into retreat. After attending the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary, Gaylon taught briefly at The Naropa Institute, led a dathun at the now deceased Padma Jong, and finally returned to Karme Choling, first as a staff member in the practice and study department, and then as Executive Co-director.…

Acharya Jeremy Hayward

JEREMY HAYWARD became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. He  helped to found the Naropa University under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa in 1974, and in 1977 he helped to create the Shambhala Training program. He published a book on the Shambhala teachings in 1995: Sacred World, the Shambhala Path to Gentleness, Bravery and Power.  Jeremy was appointed acharya in 1996 and was acharya-in-residence at Dechen Chöling from 1999 to 2005, and at Dorje Denma Ling from 2005 to 2012. In 2008 his memoirs of life with Trungpa Rinpoche were published entitled, Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chögyam Trungpa.

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Acharya Moh Hardin

Moh Hardin was born in South Carolina on April 10, 1944. The son of a Methodist minister, Moh grew up in the church. After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. in music, and completing alternative service as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Moh dropped out and became a hippie. At the time, Moh considered himself an independent thinker who would never have a teacher. That was before an encounter with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche changed his mind: “His words were true to my experience…and he had nothing in it for himself.” After helping establish the Berkeley Dharmadhatu, Moh…

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Acharya Noel McLellan

Noel McLellan, a second-generation Shambhala practitioner, was raised in the culture that was emerging around Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his students. He attended the Vidya Elementary School in Boulder, which included daily meditation and the Shambhala arts. There, and at the Shambhala Sun Summer Camps, he formed a deep bond with Shambhala and his generation of “dharma brats.” Noel has lived at Karme Chöling three times, serving in the respective roles of baby, wood crew worker, and Head of Practice and Study. He has also lived at Marpa House and Shambhala Mountain Center. At 16 Noel attended Warrior’s Assembly, where…

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Acharya Richard John

A longtime student of both the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and leads annual 9-Day Mahamudra Retreats at DDL, Karme Choling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax.

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Acharya Richard John.

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax.

Alain Beauregard

Alain Beauregard is a physicist by training, high-tech entrepreneur and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. At age 46, his life changed with the discovery of an advanced metastatic bladder cancer, incurable according to medicine. With the help of the powerful healing practices, a complete healing of the primary tumour and metastases was achieved in a few months, against all odds. Alain’s story inspired the French-language radio series “Vivre autrement” on Radio-Canada. He now gives lectures on healing, and leads weekends and retreats on the emotional and spiritual approach to healing based on Buddhist teachings as well as his own experience.

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Alain Beauregard

Alain Beauregard is a physicist by training, high-tech entrepreneur and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. At age 46, his life changed with the discovery of an advanced metastatic bladder cancer, incurable according to medicine. With the help of the powerful healing practices, a complete healing of the primary tumour and metastases was achieved in a few months, against all odds. Alain’s story inspired the French-language radio series “Vivre autrement” on Radio-Canada. He now gives lectures on healing, and leads weekends and retreats on the emotional and spiritual approach to healing based on Buddhist teachings as well as his own experience.

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Andrea Doukas

Andrea Doukas has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1973, and has previously served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre and Director of the International Office of Practice and Education. She currently serves as Director of the Shambhala Chöpön Corps and core faculty for the Shambhala Ritual Academy. As well as extensive experience teaching and leading practice programs in the Shambhala Community, Andrea has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick, and is currently working on her second novel.

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Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

In Fall of 1975, John Rockwell read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and was amazed by the clearest description of confusion he had ever seen. Being desperately confused himself, he dove into practice with an eight-week program at Karmê Chöling. Soon after that, he met the Vidyadhara at Karmê Chöling and became his student. John took refuge with the Vidyadhara in 1976 and moved to Boulder to be with him and to study at Naropa University. For the next fourteen years, John’s life revolved around practice, study, translation and teaching. He spent time with the Vidyadhara as a member of the…

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Christine Heming

Christine Heming has been a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist community for over 40 years. She is a board member of the Centre for Local Prosperity, a nonprofit society promoting new economic models that invite a balance between economic development and the preservation and restoration of natural systems. She holds the view that it is possible for human society to flourish within the ecological limits of the earth. This cultural shift means reconnecting with our longing for peace, social justice, and a caring community. She lives with her husband, Gregory Heming and their dog Bonnie on a…

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Druk Sakyong Wangmo Lady Diana Mukpo

Lady Diana Mukpo was married to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche for seventeen years. She has been a teacher in the Shambhala community for 30+ years, and has helped to plant the banner of Shambhala Buddhism in the West. She is the author of the book “Dragon Thunder,” which recounts her life with Trungpa Rinpoche. Along with her dedication to expanding the Shambhala teachings, she is also an accomplished dressage rider and trainer, and competes at the international level. Of his wife, the Druk Sakyong Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche said, “Her vision is unyielding and good. Her intention is pure, her intention is…

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Elizabeth Callahan

Elizabeth Callahan began her contemplative training and Tibetan studies in 1977, and completed two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling, New York, under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche. She is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has translated key texts of the Karma Kagyu tradition, including Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning, Profound Inner Principles, and, most recently, Moonbeams of Mahamudra. She has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002 and is the director of the Tsadra Foundation Studies Scholarship Program.

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Gregory Heming

Gregory currently serves as a Municipal Councillor in Annapolis County, NS. He holds a PhD in literary ecology with postgraduate studies in religion and philosophy, and through this lens, has spoken, written and published on ecological economics, public policy, the value of the commons, and wilderness preservation.

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Heather Scott

Heather Scott has lived in the neighborhood of Dorje Denma Ling since before it existed. She first connected with Shambhala when she attended a Level I there in 1994, eventually becoming a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Heather has experience working in a number of nonprofits, and was instrumental in setting up and establishing Shambhala Online where she served as its first director until 2012 when she retired to complete a Masters degree in Transformative Leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Upon graduation, Heather continued at CIIS in the doctoral program in Transformative Studies until 2015 when she was appointed Executive…

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Jane Arthur, Minister of the Government Pillar for Shambhala

Jane Arthur is the Minister of the Government Pillar for Shambhala, and sits on the Kalapa Council – the highest governing body of our mandala. Prior to her appointment as Minister in 2016,  Ms. Arthur had contributed many years of service to Shambhala in various leadership roles. She lived at Karmê Chöling from 1997-2000 where she held several positions including Program Sphere Manager. At the request of the Sakyong, she became the Executive Director of the Boulder Shambhala Centre, where she served from 2000-2004.  She then moved to Shambhala Mountain Centre to be Head of Practice and Education from 2005-2006.  During that time, Ms.…

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June Crow

June Crow became a student of The Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970 and has been studying and practising the Buddhadharma since that time. She received Chakrasamvara Abhisheka from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in April of 1986 and has gained considerable experience over the years in leading Chakrasamvara Fire Pujas, and Chakrasamvara Drupchens.

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Kristine McCutcheon

Kristine McCutcheon is a householder yogi in the Shambhala tradition.  Whose buddhist practice includes completing a 3 year retreat, studying with Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Rinpoche, Pema Chodron and her heart teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Kristine lives with her husband in Cape Breton between the mountain and ocean.

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Mark Nowakowski

Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He also currently studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and a senior teacher in the Shambhala mandala. He did his first Fire Offering in 1985, and his second that same year with the Vidyadhara, and with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche the following year. Since then he has led many Amending and Four Karma Fire Offerings. In 2006, he requested the Sakyong’s blessing and permission to do weekend rite-of-aid fire…

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Mary Campbell

Shastri Mary Campbell is a meditation instructor and teacher within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry and Mental Health.  Since 2010, she has served as shastri (senior teacher) for the Halifax Shambhala Centre.  Mary has trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and for many years has taught mindfulness within health care settings.  She has written on mindfulness for nursing publications and is a co-investigator in mindfulness research.

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Nancy Huszagh

Nancy became a student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1979. In 2010, she completed the three-year-retreat at Söpa Chöling under the direction of Thrangu Rinpoche and subsequently assumed the role of Druppon for the latest retreat which concluded August 2017.

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Roger Guest

Roger Guest began his formal study of Buddhism in 1973 and has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher for over 46 years.  As an active member in the Shambhala Buddhist community, Roger served as Executive Director of Karme Choling in Vermont from 1980 to 1986. After the death of his teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1987, Roger went on to acquire a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychology from McGill University, and subsequently established a career in mental health.  During the past 5 years Roger has been leading retreats that extend mindfulness practices “off the cushion,” and has enjoyed leading silent kayaking and nature-oriented youth retreats. Just…

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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Sakyong, literally translated as “earth protector,” is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation. The Sakyong’s teachings show us how to use everyday life as a means to ripen this spiritual potential. We practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion –the ability to attain success that occurs from acting virtuously. Born in Bodhgaya, India, in 1962, the Sakyong is the eldest son ofChögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lady Könchok Palden. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great,…

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Sam West

Sam began kyudo in Boulder in 1980 with Sendai, Shibata Kanjuro Sensei XX, who had been invited  by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to teach kyudo in Colorado. In 1984 Sam became responsible (Somo) for Toko Kyudojo in Manhattan.  He traveled to kyudo programs with Sendai during the 80’s and, in 1987, became responsible for Kozan Kyudojo in Nova Scotia.  Sendai sent Sam to help foster kyudo and develop dojos in Europe and the US. In 1999 Sendai requested Sam to organize and develop all the kyudojos  within Zenko International from Boulder. There, Sam lived with Sendai, cared for him, studied kyudo,…

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Scott Perkins

Scott Perkins is a certified Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Trainer, and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. He completed a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University in 1992, and has been teaching on Buddhism and Meditation for over 20 years. Scott started his own path of recovery on Christmas Day, 2005 and has been exploring the intersection of sobriety and meditation since that time. In his role as Recovery Coach, Scott helps others craft personal paths/programs that support their recovery from addictions and strengthen their ability to experience life with sanity, courage, and compassion. In 2006, Scott founded and continues to lead the Washington DC Heart of Recovery meditation group for…

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Scott Wellenbach

Scott Wellenbach has been a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee for over 30 years. He was an early student of Trungpa Rinpoche and is now a member of Ponlop Rinpoche’s Nithartha faculty. Scott is known for his learned and accessible teaching style, with particular emphasis on Mahamudra instructions.

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Sean Drohan

Sean is a Lineage Holder in Traditional Indian Yoga and successor to Senior Yoga Master “Yogiji” Yogendra Mishra. Sean is a Yoga and Dharma Guide in Tatamagouche and throughout Nova Scotia. He is also the host of EastLink TV’s “the path of yoga ” (seven seasons). As a simple forest yogin, he aspires to take the Indo-Tibetan realizations and make them culturally relative to Nova Scotians and Westerners. Sean teaches the full view of Traditional Yoga and Dharma. In the Indian tradition it is called Ashtanga Yoga, as outlined in Patanjali’s “YOGA SUTRAS” (not to be confused with ashtanga vinyassa…

Shastri Henry Chapin

After several years of Zen practice, Shastri Henry Chapin became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1977, and was a founding member and director of the Ottawa Shambhala Center. He has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1978, and leads guide, meditation, ngöndro instructor and teacher training workshops as well as the courses and weekend retreats included in The Way of Shambhala 1 and 2. Henry was appointed a regional shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2010, and currently chairs the Shastri Council. He is also involved in prison outreach and hospital chaplaincy activities in Ottawa.

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Shastri Mary Campbell

Mary Campbell has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1981 and began teaching in 1986. She served as Shambhala Training Resident Director in Boston and at Karme Choling. In 2010, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Mary as shastri for Halifax. Mary teaches widely, leading public programs, retreats, Way of Shambhala programs, and Enlightened Society and Warrior Assemblies. Mary is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry and Mental Health and for many years has taught meditation within health care settings — to patients, family members and health care providers. She has written on mindfulness for nursing publications and is a co-investigator…

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Stéphane Bédard

Stéphane Bédard is a student of the renowned Ikebana Master Seibi Watanabe Sensei. He has been teaching Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) since 1987. A senior Shambhala Art Teacher in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community, he also teaches Shambhala Art workshops, the Way of Shambhala programs, and holds the title of Kalapa Ikebana Master Instructor. Stéphane lives in Montreal, and regularly travels to teach in various locations, including Nova Scotia, where he has dedicated students.  

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Tamsyn Loat

Tamsyn has studied Yogic View in Nova Scotia and India, and is certified under Senior Yoga Master Yogendra Mishra (Yogiji). Tamsyn is a traditional yoga guide (CYT) here in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia and beyond. She teaches the full view of Indo-Tibetan Yoga and Dharma – outlining Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Tibetan view of the mind’s nature. Tamsyn guides students of all levels through the traditional practice sequence of asana, pranayama and meditation. In the full view of yoga, the asana (physical yoga) and pranayama (breathing techniques) are preparatory for meditation. Asana and pranayama work directly with the subtle body…

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Timothy Walker, Ph.D.

Timothy Walker Ph.D. is a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist working in Halifax Nova Scotia with over 35 years experience integrating mindfulness into counselling, education and healthcare. Dr. Walker is co-author of the The Healing Circle: integrating science, wisdom and compassion in reclaiming wholeness on the cancer journey, and co-founder, with Dr. Rob Rutledge, of the Healing and Cancer Foundation. He designed and has taught with Dr. Rutledge, the Skills for Healing Weekend Retreats for people living with cancer and their family members 51 times since 1999 in 21 cities across North America. Timothy has also taught the classic 8-week Mindfulness Based…

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Tom Bell, Senior Teacher

Shastri Tom Bell became a student of the Vidyadhara in 1972, and has been active since then in direct service to both of the Sakyongs and also to the current Sakyong Wangmo. He was on the staff of RMDC (Shambhala Mountain Centre) in the mid-70s, was the director of Karme Choling from 2000-2003, and has been an active Shambhala teacher since 1976. He has worked to support his family through a career in business and economic development in Colorado and Nova Scotia. His immediate family now numbers fifteen, including his wife, three children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren. He was…

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Yeshe Palmo

Yeshe has been practising within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 33 years.  Yeshe left her teaching career to be ordained and travelled on the path as a nun for 18 years. She has felt very fortunate to receive teachings, transmission and guidance from her main teacher Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and lineage masters of the Kagyu lineage.  Retreat is an important part of her spiritual path and having completed the traditional 4 years in retreat (1989-93) she continues to spend 1-3 months in solitary retreat yearly. On the completion of her 4 year retreat Yeshe was the resident monastic in Thrangu…