Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

Our Shambhala community has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  Our hearts go out to people within our international community who have been harmed, and also to people for whom these allegations have brought up past trauma.

The international Shambhala Community is involved in a leadership transition as well as the development of a new governing structure and policies and practices for addressing sexual misconduct and power imbalances more broadly.

Shambhala groups in Australia have held gatherings for sangha members to share and offer support to one another.  In the coming months, there will also be opportunities to participate in the international conversation about governance and policies, and how we adapt these structures in our local situation.  Information about how to participate in this conversation will be made available here when the process is underway.

We are committed to transparency, and offer the resources below to help you keep up-to-date on developments .  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.

Please note the San Francisco Shambhala Resource Page is updated regularly and has the most up-to-date information about developments.

With warmth,

Margaret Hughes, Coordinator Northern Rivers Shambhala

If any of the information below causes you distress, please contact 1800RESPECT  or Lifeline Australia

San Francisco Shambhala Resource Page

Olive Branch Introduction to Shambhala

Investigation Process

Kalapa Media Update 14.7.18

Letter from Shambhala Mountain Centre 10.7.18

Letter from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 10.7.18

Letter from the Women Acharyas 8.7.18

A Message from the Office of the Sakyong 6.7.18

Letter from the Kalapa Council regarding leadership transition 6.7.18

Letter from the Kalapa Council 29.6.18

Letter from the Kalapa Council 27.6.18

Letter from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to the Shambhala Community 25.6.18

An Olive Branch Website

Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy 2015

Project Sunshine First Report

Project Sunshine Second Report

Helpful writings and teachings 

Ethan Nichtern Reflections on Shambhala

Susan Piver On Shambhala

A video message from Lama Rod Owens

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

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

Pema Chödrön No Right No Wrong