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.


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.

More information here: Bidding for Good Auction

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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