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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30 July 2015

Celebrating with us this year the 20th anniversary of the Land of Great Bliss, the bees of Dechen Chöling have been witnessing and enriching our growth all these years along. This year they have produced an enormous amount of beautiful honey: more than 120 kilos of honey collected by four beehives in the fields around Dechen Chöling...

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25 July 2015

Enjoy this wonderful photo album by Hèlen Vink taken at a prior photography workshop here on the land and in the area. Upcoming again in September!...

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16 July 2015

Level 1&2 with Hèlen Vink upcoming in beautiful September; with outings to Limoges and the area. Open up to your pure perception and share your experiences with others. Every year it is a...

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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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