Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

This programme has started. Contact the office to see if you still can participate. It is no longer possible to register through the website.
25 June 2017 - 27 June 2017
Acharya Mathias Pongracz


The Way of Shambhala series of classes will culminate in the “Rigden Weekend”. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. Historically, rigdens were enlightened rulers - those who could “rule their world” based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness.

Emphasizing our innate and genuine confidence and steadfastness, we will explore ways in which we can embody the qualities of the Rigden in our own lives and help bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world.

Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Level V and the Way of Shambhala class series, culminating in Wisdom in Everyday Life.

Please note: To register for this program you should be a member of your local Shambhala Meditation centre/group or be a member of Shambhala Europe/International. If you don’t have contact to a centre close by, you can become a member of Shambhala Europe by contacting centreservices@shambhala-europe.org


This retreat is taught in French. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services.

Arrival day is Sunday June 25 : Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program : Tuesday June 27.

Material Fee: Please note there will be a material fee of (... €) charged during registration. (final amount to be specified soon).


Mathias Pongracz completed the MBSR professional training and attended the teachers development Intensive.

He is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, has has taught meditation and mindfulness for 25 years in the Shambhala tradtion, was resident teacher at the European retreat center of Shambhala, Dechen Chöling in France 2006-2012. Prior to that, he worked for 20 years as a reporter and journalist for television, at the Austrian broadcasting company (ORF).

Price of your stay

Standard 230 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (Dechen Chöling tent) and organic meals.

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
Do not hesitate to contact us: finance@dechencholing.org