Members of our core faculty are listed here. The Institute also invites visiting teachers to teach selected courses.
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings for 30 years. He was professor of Buddhist Studies at the Naropa Institute for 12 years, co-director of Karmê Chöling Meditation Center for 4 years, and Director of Shambhala International for 5 years. He is a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, which translates Buddhist texts and liturgies into English. In 1996, he was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to be an acharya or senior teacher for the Shambhala community, and in 2001, he became the Ashe Acharya, in charge of the International Office of Practice and Education. Currently, he lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Acharya Michael Greenleaf began his dharma practice as a teenager after meeting a senior student from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s sangha in 1974. He attended the 1978 Shambhala Vajrayana seminary with Trungpa Rinpoche and has twice served as residential staff at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center. For the past several years, he has studied and taught at the Vajrayana Seminaries led by Trungpa Rinpoche’s dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette has been a student, leader, and teacher in the Shambhala lineage since 1974. Former co-director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is currently Resident Acharya for the center and a core faculty member of Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Suzann Rupa Acharya in 2012. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining and fostering the sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala, including those taught at the Shambhala Ritual Academy. Acharya Duquette leads programs and retreats widely on behalf of Sakyong Mipham Rinipoche. She respects the power of embodiment in bringing conceptual learning to manifestation, and emphasizes body awareness and disciplines in all her teaching. She is currently a Mudra Space Awareness teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they own a bed and breakfast, Blue Skies Guesthouse.
Shastri Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 40 years, and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He currently is a consultant for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback programs throughout North America. In 2010, Shastri Brauer was empowered as a Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has fulfilled this role by leading Way of Shambhala classes, Dathuns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and most recently Russia.