Moh Hardin

Acharya Moh Hardin

Moh Hardin was born in South Carolina on April 10, 1944. The son of a Methodist minister, Moh grew up in the church. After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. in music, and completing alternative service as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Moh dropped out and became a hippie. At the time, Moh considered himself an independent thinker who would never have a teacher. That was before an encounter with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche changed his mind: "His words were true to my experience...and he had nothing in it for himself."

After helping establish the Berkeley Dharmadhatu, Moh served there as education coordinator until he was invited in 1979 to work in the Karme Choling practice and study department. In 1984, Moh and his family moved to Nova Scotia and set up an herb farm. After Moh's wife Judith was diagnosed with cancer, they decided to move into Halifax. The years between '87 and '90 were marked by Judith's journey toward death, a sad journey that was also inspiring because of the warriorship that Judith embodied.

Moh served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre from 1991 to 2001. Currently he serves as Regional Acharya for the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, and the states of Texas and Louisiana. He visits the Shambhala Centers in these regions regularly, teaching and working with students.

In 1996, Moh married Cynde Grieve, and they live quite happily in Halifax with Justin, Cecily, and Cynde's son, Evan. When Moh reflects on his dharma training, he thinks first of his good fortune to be able to attend six Vajradhatu Seminaries, as both student and teacher, where he was able to train directly under the guidance of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Says Moh, "It doesn't matter whether you are a participant or staff, you still go through the journey."


New "A little Book of Love: Heart Advice fro Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World" (Shambhala 2011)
A Little Book of Love

Contributor to Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into Our Relationships, edited by Andrea Miller and the editors of the Shambhala Sun (Shambhala 2011)


Teaching Schedule

Jan 25- 26 Austin, Tx Central Southwest Regional Leadership Coiuncil Retreat
Jan 30 Austin Awakening to our Humanity: A Public Talk
Feb 1 - 2 Austin Workshop: "The Power of Openness"
Feb 7 - 9 Austin Rigden Weekend
Feb 15 - 17 Houston, Tx Basic Goodness II - How Can I Help?
Feb 16 Houston Refuge Vows
Feb 18 Houston Salon followed by Bodhisattva Vows
Feb 21 San Antonio, Tx Awakening to Our Humanity - Public Talk with Acharya Moh Hardin
Feb 22 - 23 Sam Antonio Basic Goodness I: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human
Feb 23 San Antonio Shrineroom Blessing Ceremony followed by Potluck Reception
Feb 25 San Antonio Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows Ceremony
Mar 2 Austin, Tx Shambhala Day
Mar 10 - 16 Austin Vajrayana City Retreat
Mar 20 Dallas, Tx Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony [7 to 8 pm - Not open to public]
Mar 20 Dallas Refuge Vow Ceremony [8 to 9 pm - Open to public]
Mar 21 - 23 Dallas Rigden Weekend
Mar 29 Austin, Tx Bodhisattva and Refuge Vows
Mar 20 - 6 Shambhala Mountain Center Acharya Retreat w/Askyong Mipham Rinpoche
Apr 14 - 20 St. John, Newfoundland Annual Weeklong Retreat
May 2 - 4 Annapoli Royal, NS TBA
May 9 - 11 Fredericton, NB Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence and Shambhala Vow
May 23 - 25 Sydney, Cape Breton, NS TBA
Jun - Jul Halifax Writing & Practice Retreat
Jul 30 - Aug 10 Dorje Denma Ling Scorpion Seal Assembly 6 w/Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche