All our programmes are held by esteemed teachers, that have practiced and studied meditation and other contemplative disciplines for many years. All Shambhala teachers have gone through a thorough curriculum of teacher training and practice. The spiritual leaders of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – have empowered some of their senior students as Acharyas and Shastris which are Sanskrit terms for Senior Teachers. Dechen Chöling also works with renowned teachers from other respected traditions such as Yoga, Qi Gong, Kyudo, Ikebana, etc.

Shambhala Lineage Holders

  • Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

    Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

    Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, founded Dechen Chöling in 1994. He is the Dharma heir of his father, the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, […]

  • Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, holder of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, founded the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.


  • Dale Asrael

    Dale Asrael

    Dale Asrael, growing up in a suburb of Washington, DC, studied music and dance and, even as a young child, ruthlessly searched for answers. Through her Jewish ancestry, she learned […]

  • Marianne Bots

    Marianne Bots

    Acharya Marianne Bots resides in the Netherlands where she joined the Shambhala community in 1977. She is a psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked more than 30 years in a […]

  • Orhun Cercel

    Orhun Cercel

    Orhun Cercel lives in London. The son of a diplomat and of primarily Turkish heritage, Orhun was raised in Taiwan, Turkey, Italy, Argentina, and England. He received a BA in […]

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  • Peter Conradi

    Peter Conradi

    Peter first encountered the Dharma while Visiting Professor at Colorado University Boulder in 1978-80. He had the good fortune to help serve Trungpa Rinpoche on his last public teaching in […]

  • Mark Duggan

    Mark Duggan

    Shastri Mark Duggan first connected with the teachings of the Dorje Dradul in 1981 and attended seminary with the Varja Regent in 1988. He subsequently studied with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamso […]

  • Yeshe Fuchs

    Yeshe Fuchs

    Yeshe Fuchs has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1976 and became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche after his father’s death. Recently the Sakyong has appointed her […]

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Shambhala teachers

  • Jane Arthur

    Jane Arthur

    Jane’s involvement with Shambhala began in 1997. She lived at Karmê Chöling from 1997-2000 where she held several positions including Program Sphere Manager. At the request of the Sakyong, she became […]

  • Walker Blaine

    Walker Blaine

    Walker Blaine is Master of Liturgies to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and a Herald of the Kalapa Court. He has been part of the Shambhala community for more than 30 years. […]

  • Herb Elsky

    Herb 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 […]

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Associated teachers

  • Geertje Couwenbergh

    Geertje Couwenbergh

    Geertje Couwenbergh is a writer, columnist and expressionist, the author of four non- fiction books. She writes for Happinez, Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, The Optimist and other magazines. Geertje has […]

  • Amy Hollowell

    Amy Hollowell

    Amy Hollowell is a French-American poet, journalist and translator, as well as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage founded by Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Her recent works of poetry […]

  • Frank Kane

    Frank Kane

    Frank Kane is a master teacher of voice. He has studied Georgian polyphonic song, music & culture as well as energetic resonance and body-mind disciplines. Frank has developed a distinctive […]

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Sister Lineage Holders

  • Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI

    Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI

    After the retirement of Shibata Sensei XX in October 2011, his adopted son (i.e. his son-in-law), Shibata Kanjuro XXI, took over as the official head of Zenko International – the […]

  • Eva Wong

    Eva Wong

    Eva Wong, author and translator of thirteen books on the Taoist arts of health, meditation and Qigong, is the 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism (Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School of […]