Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

Shambhala International is in the midst of its own #METOO and sorting through the realities of sexual misconduct and power abuse within our own beloved organization. This page is a virtual reading room for our community. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

The following links include:

  • The Buddhist Project Sunshine Report which uncovers several graphic instances of clergy sexual misconduct from the late 1990s and early 2000s
  • The Wickwire Holm 3rd Party investigation which supports the Buddhist Project Sunshine Report
  • The reports from An Olive Branch, an independent third-party organization, that performed a variety of services. Links include The Listening Post Report and The Final Report.
  • Correspondence from the Transition Task Force, the newly appointed  Interim Board, and the Process Team as well as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the retired Kalapa Council.
  • A link to the new Shambhala Code of Ethics that is being adopted throughout the community.

**Please exercise caution as you read through the reports as some are quite disturbing.**

Our aspiration is to stay true to the heart of the Shambhala teachings and bravely create open and compassionate spaces to heal past harms, as well as learning how to prevent harm. We aspire to learn from our personal and organizational shortcomings and create good community, enlightened society.

Shambhala Community Care Page

—2019—

Reports

.     Shambhala Code of Ethics *Draft*

.     Final Report from An Olive Branch

.     An Olive Branch Listening Post Report **This report contains graphic narratives of sexual violence**

.     Wickwire Holms Report

Letters from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

.     A Message from the Sakyong 2/4/2019

.     A Message from the Sakyong 2/21/2019

Letters from the Shambhala Interim Board

.     Recent Arrests of Former Shambhala Members 7/1/2019

.     June Update to the Shambhala Community 6/28/2019

.     Update on Marpa House 5/16/2019

.     Correction #2 to April 26 email 5/2/2019

.     Correction #1 to April 26 email 4/26/2019

.     April Update from the Interim Board 4/26/2019

.     Finance Report to the Community 3/26/2019

.     Letter explaining the report from An Olive Branch with links to the report 3/19/19

.     March Update to the Community from the Interim Board 2/9/2019

.     Response from the Interim Board Regarding the Kusung Letter 2/18/2019

.     Message from the Interim Board Regarding the Wickwire Holm Report 2/3/2019

 .    Financial Update from the Interim Board Regarding Marpa House 2/3/2019

Letters from the Shambhala Process Team

.    Update from the Process Team 7/10/2019

.    Update from the Process Team 6/3/2019

.    Update from the Process Team 5/1/2019

.    Update from the Process Team 4/4/2019

.    Process Team Introduction to the Community 3/6/2019

Letter from the Interim Council

 .    Financial Update from the Interim Council 2/1/2019

Letter from the Acharyas

 .    Letter to the Community from the Acharyas 2/20/2019

Letter from Lady Diana Mukpo

 .    Letter from Lady Diana Mukpo to the Shambhala Community 2/19/2019

Letters from the Transition Task Force

 .     Final Letter from the Transition Task Force 1/27/2019

 .     Process Team Announcement 1/20/2019

News Articles

 .     The Arrest of William Karrelis 2/1/2019

 

—2018—

Letters from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

        A Message from the Sakyong 7/10/2018

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

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

Letters from the Shambhala Interim Board

 .     Message from the Interim Board about Shambhala Day 12/27/2018

 .     Message from the Interim Board about the Care and Conduct Policy 12/23/2018

       Community Letter from the Interim Board 11/26/2018

       Introduction Letter from the Shambhala Interim Board 10/31/2018

       Announcement from the Shambhala Interim Board 10/11/2018

Letters from the Transition Task Force

        Update from the Transition Task Force 12/22/2018

        Update from the Transition Task Force 11/2/2018

        Letter from the Transition Task Force 9/21/2018

        Letter from the Transition Task Force 9/13/2018

        Letter from the Transition Task Force 8/30/2018

        Letter from the Transition Task Force 8/18/2018

        Letter from the Transition Task Force 8/7/2018

Letters from the Kalapa Council

        Letter from the outgoing Kalapa Council 10/15/2018

        Letter from the outgoing Kalapa Council 9/11/2018

        Letter from the outgoing Kalapa Council 8/23/2018

        Letter from the outgoing Kalapa Council 8/11/2018

        Letter from the Kalapa Council 7/30/2018

        Letter from the Kalapa Council 7/20/2018

        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

Finance Reports / Communications
        Finance Report Update to the Shambhala Community 9/20/2018

        Northern California Shambhala Financial Update 8/22/2018

        Finance Report to the Shambhala Community 8/15/2018

        Letter from the Shambhala Director of Finance 7/18/2018

Letters from around the Shambhala mandala

        Letter from the Office of Practice and Education 8/19/2018

        Letter from the Northern California Leadership 8/1/2018

        Letter from Shambhala Mountain Center 7/10/2018

        A Letter from the Women Acharyas 7/8/2018

Letters from An Olive Branch

        Letter from An Olive Branch 9/10/2018

        Letter from An Olive Branch 9/3/2018

        Letter from / Introduction to An Olive Branch 7/20/2018

Letter from Ani Pema Chödrön

        Letter from Ani Pema Chödrön 9/22/2018

Letters from other Buddhist Communities

        A Letter from Kwong-roshi to the NorCal Shambhala Community 8/8/2018

Project Sunshine Reports

       Announcement from Project Sunshine  9/28/2018 

       Project Sunshine First Report

        Project Sunshine Second Report

        Project Sunshine Memorandum

        Project Sunshine Third Report

Other Resources

        Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy 2015

        An Olive Branch Website

        Kay Pranis: The Art of Holding Circle—on circle practice

Buddhist News & News Articles

        Tricycle Article

        Lion’s Roar Report alleges sexual misconduct by leader of Shambhala community

        New York Times The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report

Helpful writings by Shambhala Teachers

……..Susan Piver On Shambhala

……..Ethan Nichtern Reflections on Shambhala

……..Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche When a Buddhist Teacher Crosses the Line

……..A video message from Llama Rod Owens to the Shambhala Community

Teachings
……..Pema Chödrön No Right No Wrong

……..Meditation in the City with Shanté Small Holding Space, Healing Harm

……..Tricycle Magazine Sex in the Sangha…Again (2013 interview)

…….Audio Teaching from Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche (English)

 

6 thoughts on “Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

  1. Thank you so much Kathryn for the time, effort, and care you put into running this blog! said:

    Thank you so much Kathryn for the time, energy, and care you put into running this blog!

  2. Thank you so much Kathryn for the time, energy, and love you put into managing this blog!

  3. Hi Kathryn: Thank you so much for this. Could you also post the letters that Arelly sent to the sangha on June 30 and July 14th?

    Many thanks for your service, Best, Megan

    • Hi Megan, Because that was a letter that went to the Berkeley sangha, it should go on their blog, not SF. But, Arelly would need to decide because it might have been addressed to members and friends only.