Mathias Pongracz

In 2005, Mathias Pongracz was appointed Acharya, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 2006 - 2011 he was the Acharya-in-residence at Dechen Chöling.

He has studied and practiced under Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for more than 25 years. He also studied closely with Kobun Chino Roshi from 1992 until his paranirvana in 2002.

Mathias is also a qualified and experienced teacher for "Mindfulness based stress reduction" (MBSR).

Today Mathias Pongracz lives in Vienna and teaches around Europe courses about meditation, MBSR and Shambhala Buddhism. He was a television reporter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. He is also the former director of Shambhala Training in the Shambhala centre of Vienna.

News

6 April 2015

A major highlight this year is the public program "Life as Celebration" with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage holder of Shambhala....

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13 June 2015

You could feel the excitement from early morning. We had been preparing for this day weeks in advance and now it was finally here. We found ourselves looking up at the sky as the clouds had started to move in , and our normal blue sky had turned a bit grey. Would it rain? Would anyone even come if the weather was poor?...

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11 June 2015

We’ve got a lot to celebrate!
This is our 20th anniversary at Dechen Chöling and we are so proud to be here. Nestled in the French countryside we invite the world to come and experience not only the beauty of our landscape but the teachings of Shambhala and so many other things which lead to being awake and present in...

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28 May 2015

WORK, STUDY, PRACTICE & PLAY
The Dechen Chöling community offers you a wonderful wealth of experiences. Why not come and be part of our family? The stunning French countryside is the background for getting to know Shambhala, meeting great people and attending great teachings.
New Job Openings:...

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24 March 2015

June Programmes: Take the chance and register with an Early Bird price!
Retreat Making Friends with Yourself - by March 31
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