A Special Message from ASMC

This month, the Shambhala mandala learned of credible allegations against Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as can be read in the Buddhist Project Sunshine Reports here (external link).

Our Center cannot offer an official position at this time because emotions are still far too high. We need time to feel and voice these feelings, to support and care for each other, before we can begin to chart ASMC’s course forward.

ASMC has been holding weekly community listening meetings following our regularly scheduled Sunday Open Sittings, and another will be held July 29th. Center leaders are coordinating with those from other Shambhala Centers to learn each others’ best practices for transparency, openness, inclusiveness and healing. We are gathering resources and information to be more trauma-aware, to recognize warning signs and to intervene. All members in positions of leadership are reviewing the Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy, which can be read here (PDF file).

In this chaos there is an opportunity for real, meaningful and lasting change.

With Love,

Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center

Here are some of the many resources available for further information and help, offered with many thanks to Kathryn Rile of the San Francisco Shambhala Center who compiled them:

Letter from Shambhala Mountain Center 7/10/2018

A Message from the Sakyong 7/10/2018

A Letter from the Women Acharyas 7/8/2018

A Message from the Office of the Sakyong 7/6/2018

Letter from the Kalapa Council regarding leadership transition 7/6/2018

Letter from the Kalapa Council 6/29/2018

Letter from the Kalapa Council 6/27/2018

Letter from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to the Shambhala Community 6/25/2018

An Olive Branch Website

Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy 2015

Project Sunshine First Report

Project Sunshine Second Report

Shambhala’s Trauma Informed Working Group would like to hear from you if you have suffered trauma in or outside the Shambhala mandala, or if you have experience working with those who have. Please reach out to trauma.informed.shambhala@gmail.com as soon as you can. Thank you.

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