Resources for Understanding Current Events in Shambhala

Dear Shambhala Friends,

In the spirit of openness, it feels important to let new as well as longstanding community members know that this is a deeply challenging time in Shambhala. During the week of June 25th, allegations regarding the past conduct of the Shambhala lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, were released to the public. These allegations are bringing up many conflicting emotions for our teachers, leaders and students.

The Shambhala community and its leadership, both locally and globally, are attempting to process these allegations, and an independent third-party investigation has begun. Although we are not able to provide answers to all of the questions that are coming up, we would like to support you through open-hearted listening. Please feel free to contact Charley Rosicky, our representative for Societal Health & Well-Being, at charleyrosicky@gmail.com (he will respond via email or by phone as you like). If you prefer to speak to a woman, Charley will gladly arrange that. We’re now creating a contact list of additional local resources for listening and will post that list soon. You are also welcome to contact Melanie Klein, BSC’s Executive Director, at director@boulder.shambhala.org or 303.444.0190 x125.

As more information comes to light in the coming weeks, we will share it with you. We will also continue to offer the community conversations we have held since the #metoo movement met Shambhala last March with its implications for necessary cultural change—including better awareness and support for the diversity of our students. Our priority is to hold each other with kindness and safety. We do not tolerate sexual or other abuse at BSC and have protective policies in place to preclude such harm. We are here to support you and your journey on the path of meditation, confidence, and compassion.

With sad and open hearts,

Melanie Klein, Executive Director
Jim Fladmark, Director of Practice & Education
Eileen Malloy, Director of Operations
Tracy Suchoki, Membership Coordinator
Danny Goldsmith, Director of Path & Service
Heather Locke, Director of Community & Culture
Peter Aucott, Bookkeeper
Claire Crevey, Communications & Publicity Manager
Charley Rosicky, Societal Health and Well-Being Representative
Felice Owens, Desung Regional Commander
Ed Smutney, Council Secretary
Bob Sutherland, Chagdzo

Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

Here are several links to relevant letters, articles, and teachings. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. We offer this with broken hearts as we strive to hold our sangha in kindness. Our intent is to remain in a place of openness and not-knowing, to listen to our community, and to try our best to pass on any information that we receive.

Kalapa Council: Leadership Transition Announcement, 7/30/2018
An Olive Branch: Introduction to the Shambhala Community, 7/20/2018
Kalapa Council: Investigation of Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, 7/20/2018
Buddhist Project Sunshine Update, July 19, 2018
Message from the Shambhala International Director of Finance, 7/18/2018
Video: Lama Rod Owens: Working with Sexual Misconduct in the Shambhala Community Part 1
Video: Lama Rod Owens: Working with Sexual Misconduct in the Shambhala Community Part 2
Kalapa Media Community Update, 7/13/2018
Update on the Findings of Sexual Misconduct of the Sakyong, 7/10/2018
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

Susan Piver: On Shambhala
Ethan Nichtern: Reflections on Shambhala

A video message from Lama Rod Owens to the Shambhala Community
A video message from Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Lama Tsultrim Allione