Community Council Nominations

Dear Community,

One of our Five Initiatives in response to the current situation, particularly around questions regarding hierarchy, monarchy, and the Court, is to establish a Community Council. This 5-7 member body will be established through self-nomination and voting by BSC members. The view is to increase the level of community input into BSC’s governance. Following nomination and voting, the Community Council will be installed on Shambhala Day 2020. In its first year, the Community Council will advise the Governing Council through regular attendance at Council meetings and develop approaches for more a formal role in governance to be effected in February 2021.

Please consider nominating yourself or encouraging someone you value to do so! It’s a great way to help Shambhala make the most of this pivotal time in our history.

The BSC Community Council is responsible for

1. Understanding the BSC community (members, former members, potential members) and its major concerns, questions, and ideas;

2. Advising the Executive Director and Governing Council on matters pertaining to community concerns;

3. Attending bi-monthly Governing Council meetings (rotating Community Council delegates as appropriate);

4. Investigating and proposing various governance approaches, in consultation with the Shambhala Process Team and elsewhere, one of which BSC will adopt by February 2021. These approaches will address how an Executive, a Board (Governing Council), and community representation (Community Council) share power in decision-making processes. The investigation will include not only best practices in the corporate world and the non-profit world, but also the Shambhala teachings on enlightened society and mandala principle. This effort will include leading a process for community review and feedback on the final list of potential approaches. The winning approach will be selected by consensus of the ED, Governing Council and Community Council. If consensus isn’t realized, a vote by these three bodies will establish the winning selection.

5. Participating in annual feedback regarding the Executive Director’s performance (forwarded to the Shambhala Director of Operations);

6. Serving 1- 3 years with replacements voted in annually to maintain 5-7 delegates in service. Delegates may serve additional terms after a one year gap in service.

7. Attending free of charge any BSC program, not including external rentals, materials fees, or heart gifts.

Nomination Process

Any member of BSC may apply. This means being listed in the Shambhala database as a member and being current on monthly contributions at whatever level was established or having made new arrangements going forward. The deadline is November 22nd.

To self-nominate: Send to Travis at 1) a short bio of your personal history as is relevant; 2) a statement about why you seek to be a Community Council delegate; and 3) a photo if you wish.

The nomination materials for each candidate will be displayed here on our website for the community to review. If you need help or have any questions, please contact Tracy at 303-444-0190 x125 or at at


All BSC members will be able to vote in an online survey. The top 7 candidates will be selected (with a minimum vote of 5% of total respondents required for each candidate). If fewer than 7 candidates self-nominate or are voted in, 5 candidates will be selected.

The results will be announced by December 13th.

The Nominees:

Lainie Logan

I discovered Trungpa Rinpoche and meditation in 1980–39 yrs ago! I am Meditation Instructor–mainly at Shambhala Training–since 1986. Authorized director since 2000–directing since 2016.

My American daughter lives in NYC. She recently got engaged and… “She’s an artist. She don’t look back!”

My dog Whitney is saving my life. No day is complete without walking, or even better, hiking

In my day job, I’m a project manager/writer at Seagate Technology.

In our community, I see myself as part of the welcoming force at Boulder Shambhala Center, teaching Shambhala, giving introductory talks. I love to interact with new meditators. Each person brings their wisdom and their dreams and their various backgrounds. When I talk to newcomers at the center, I hear a lot of the same things, “I like it here because it’s welcoming and it’s a place I can come and talk about my life. People are open.”

When I attend programs, I ask the questions no one wants to ask, and people come up later and say, “Thanks for your question. I feel you were speaking for me.” Doesn’t matter if it’s Lady Diana Mukpo, or Ponlop Rinpoche, or Acharya Dale Asreal, or Shastri Andrew Sacamano. I want to bring it back to human experience, “Here’s my experience. How does this teaching work in my life? How does it work in your life?”

I’m a Vajrayana practitioner. I completed Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara practices and I attend feast practices. Nothing pops my projections like chanting, meditating, reciting mantra, and visualizing for six hours.

In short, the Boulder Shambhala Center is my second home. I don’t live in Scotland any more, so I can’t go to the local pub. The Boulder Shambhala Center is my local pub now!

Why I want to be a Community Council delegate:

1. I love how our community welcomes newcomers. We make people feel at home.

We encourage people to be themselves. We encourage them to talk about how they feel about what’s going on in their lives. How do they feel about what’s going on in the world and in their community? That inspires me.

Some new folk want the basics of meditation, and some want to explore deeper Hinayana and Mahayana practices.

I want to encourage this welcoming energy as the public face of the Boulder Shambhala Center. I want to see us present more introductory, and Hinayana and Mahayana talks, classes, and courses.

2. I wish we could magnetize back some of the teachers who were early students of Trungpa Rinpoche.

3. I want to see more group Vajrayana practices. Perhaps we can do a city Druppa some time. It is nice too, when the Chakrasamvara practitioners can do feast in the main shrine room.

4. I take a strong stance that sexual assault of any kind and drunken misconduct are not acceptable by any person and in any situation. I want the Boulder Shambhala to make that “zero -tolerance” part of how we present who we are to the public–the larger community. Sakyong Mipham said, “Be famous for your love.” I want us to be famous for our integrity. I don’t think we have to wait for Shambhala International to set that tone for us with their longer term approach to Shambhala policies as a whole. I want to see Boulder Shambhala Center be “famous for our integrity.”

Brent Welty

Good Day,

I would appreciate your consideration for a position on the Community Council. I believe having someone who is relatively new to Shambhala, who sees the value and beauty of the core teachings, and who has a record of public service would be helpful in pointing out obvious problems and finding solutions that further the way of benefitting others.

I ran a business for many years and retired three years ago. I was an elected school board member in Indiana for 16 1/2 years. I also served on a conservancy board for two years. I have always tried to represent the constituencies by listening to varied voices and learning from them. My input has always been based on what I believed was in the best interest of the organization and the people we served.

The most important virtue that an organization and a governing body must have is honor. Honor begets trust. With trust, messages of truth can be received. If the core mission of Shambhala is to help people awaken and create a society based on truth with a higher mission to serve all, we must first restore honor by owning up to our mistakes, apologize sufficiently where needed, look honestly into a culture that inexplicably has allowed harm –  then make the difficult changes.  And make those changes with authority and conviction.

There is great clarity in the Shambhala teachings and much goodness at the Boulder Shambhala Center. I am grateful to those who have held this container for us who have come along later.

Thank you.

Brent Welty