All our programmes are held by esteemed teachers, that have practiced and studied meditation and other contemplative disciplines for many years. The senior teachers of the Shambhala tradition have gone through a thorough curriculum of teacher training and practice.They have trained for many years with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Dechen Chöling also invites  renowned teachers from other respected spiritual traditions as well as teachers of Contemplative Arts, Embodied practices, Healing Arts, Yoga, Qi Gong, Kyudo, Ikebana, Theater, dance, singing and many other disciplines.

Shambhala Lineage Holders

  • Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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

Shambhala teachers

  • Herb Elsky

    Herb Elsky

    Herb Elsky is an artist, for several decades specialised in abstract visual art, but in more recent years combining sight and sound into experiences of mind and space. Herbert Elsky […]

  • Dorothea Gädeke

    Dorothea Gädeke

    Dorothea Gädeke lives in Freiburg, Germany. She works as a stage performer, radio speaker and voice therapist, voice coach and musician. She is a so-called ‘old student’ of Shambhala, and […]

  • Alex Paterson

    Alex Paterson

    Alex is from Canada where he worked as an actor before moving to London and then Sweden, where he has been living for over 30 years. Alex founded the Shambhala […]

  • Mathias Pongracz

    Mathias Pongracz

    “Stumbling along” as he says, on  the path of Dharma since almost 40 years. He studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinopche in the early eighties and served as an acharya (senior teacher) […]

  • Tessa Racine

    Tessa Racine

    Tessa Racine began practicing of meditation in 1998. She moved from Paris to live next door to Dechen Chöling, the European Shambhala land centre in 2001. She has taught the […]

  • Marcia Wang Shibata

    Marcia Wang Shibata

     Marcia Shibata began her study of ikebana and the Way of the Buddha almost on the same day in 1974. She was introduced to both of these disciplines by her Buddhist […]

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Associated teachers

  • Amy Hollowell

    Amy Hollowell

    Roshi Amy Hollowell is a French-American Zen teacher, poet and translator. Affiliated with one of the leading Zen lineages in the West, the White Plum Asangha, she is founder and […]

  • Diederik Prakke

    Diederik Prakke

    Diederik is an author, trainer, and coach, currently working in the Netherlands on employee engagement (Works Councils). Educated as an irrigation engineer, he worked for 15 years in Bhutan, Albania, […]

  • Henriette Versteijnen

    Henriette Versteijnen

    Henriette Versteijnen is a sexologist and bodyworker,  who invites people to open up more to the flow of Eros, both in their body and in their life. ‘Eros’ does not […]

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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 […]