Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

At a gathering of members at the Berkeley Shambhala Center on Sunday, July 1st, they created a reading room where folks could sit and catch up on information about current events in the sangha.

We have put together a virtual reading room for our community that contains some links to letters from Shambhala governance and the Sakyong, news articles, helpful blog posts and teachings. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

We offer this with broken hearts as we hold our sangha in kindness. Our intent is to remain in a place of openness and listening to our community, and to try our best to pass on any information that we receive. These are confusing times for everyone.

Letter from the Kalapa Council 7/20/2018

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

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

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

Project Sunshine Memorandum


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

A video message from Llama Rod Owens to the Shambhala Community

A video message from Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione


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)


The Future
At the Berkeley gathering, Acharya Charlene Leung let us know to expect to receive a letter from the Sakyong Wangmo in the near future.


    5 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. 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.

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