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

  • Daniele Bollini

    Daniele Bollini

    Daniele Bollini was born in 1965 in Switzerland and discovered the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1981. He was Director of the Ticino Shambhala Center from 1990 until 2005, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Catherine Eveillard

    Catherine Eveillard

    Catherine Eveillard was born and raised in Brittany, France. She lived in Quebec from 1974 to 1995; she started on the Shambhala path in Montreal in 1985. During these years […]

  • Adam Lobel

    Adam Lobel

    Adam Lobel has lived and studied Buddhism in monasteries in Tibet, Nepal and India. One of the co-editors of Turning the Mind into an Ally, he has created meditation programs […]

  • Barbara Märtens

    Barbara Märtens

    Barbara Märtens has been a Shambhala and Buddhist practitioner for more than  40 years. Being  a senior teacher within the Shambhala Community for many years , she  is also  the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Arnd Riester

    Arnd Riester

    Arnd Riester is a practicing Shambhala-Buddhist since 1991. Since 1998 he teaches in the Shambhala Lineage. In 2010 he was appointed as a Shastri. He served 7 years in this […]

  • John Rockwell

    John Rockwell

    John Rockwell has been a student, teacher, follower, and leader on the Shambhala Buddhist path for 47 years. His inspiration is to open the heart and senses on the spot.

  • Sabine Rolf

    Sabine Rolf

    Sabine Rolf studied German literature and philosophy and has a professional background in the management of Non-Governmental Organizations. She is trained in Recycling Management, Human Resources Management and Contemplative Psychology. […]

  • Eve Rosenthal

    Eve Rosenthal

    Eve Rosenthal began her journey with the dharma in 1973 and met Chogyam Trungpa during that year. Originally from New York City, she was Resident Director of Shambhala Training there […]

  • Alfonso Taboada

    Alfonso Taboada

    Alfonso Taboada was born in Madrid. In his early twenties a neighbor who was practicing Zen lent him The Life of Milarepa, and he was deeply impressed and moved reading […]

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Associated teachers

  • Sylvie Deraime

    Sylvie Deraime

    Sylvie Deraime is a certified practitioner of contemplative psychology and professional coaching, and also has trained in non-violent communication and professional co-development. She has been practising meditation for twenty years, […]

  • Aurélie de Schoutheete

    Aurélie de Schoutheete

    Aurélie is an osteopath and lives in Brussels with her two children and husband. She is also a meditation instructor and co-organizes an online meditation sangha for moms called “maman-cercle”. […]

  • Friederike Tröscher

    Friederike Tröscher

    Friederike has studied with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at the School for Body-Mind Centering® (USA), becoming a practitioner in 1998 and directing the international BMC® training programs in Germany since 2007. […]

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Sister Lineage Holders

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]