Herbert Elsky

Herbert Elsky is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche.
He met Trungpa Rinpoche first in 1971 and was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Shambhala Centre. He was the Director of Shambhala Training in Los Angeles for many years and later he was the Head of Practice at the residential Shambhala centre Karme Chöling in Vermont for three years.(1988-1991)
He moved to France in 1995 with his wife Catherine, to help renovating the buildings and establishing Dechen Chöling as a practice centre. He was the Head of Practice at Dechen Chöling from 1995-1997.
He teaches all levels of Shambhala Training and Shambhala Art and since moving to France he has been teaching through-out Europe.
Herbert Elsky is an artist, a sculptor, who exhibited his sculptures of transparent resin regularly in art galleries while he was living in Los Angeles. Since moving to France he has created "the La Baluba" theatre as his work has evolved towards sound and performance work.


16 November 2015


Dechen Chöling would like to express its great solidarity and compassion for the families and close ones of the victims of last Friday night's terrorism in Paris. During the coming days, we will conduct ceremonies to their memory, and continue to dedicate our prayers and our daily practice.

13 November 2015

Bid for the Open Heart Retreat at Dechen Chöling! Enjoy five days of practice and study with best-selling author and teacher Susan Piver.

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9 October 2015

"Today is a beautiful Fall day, the trees are dancing in the crisp energy of the wind, leaves have already changed colours and are flying about, everything is clear and vivid. It is slightly nostalgic, it is the end of summer, yet everything is very energised.

6 October 2015

Dathün is a four-week meditation intensive, taking place in March 2016 and open to all. It is all about taking time to really unwind, settling into the ground of meditation and finding room for what is meaningful, while...

15 September 2015

Our Winter Meditation Retreat provides a precious opportunity for retreat, reflection and renewal during the Winter solstice and the New Year’s celebration. Join us for these days of mindfulness...

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