Our Shambhala community has been rocked by recent 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.
Charlotte Brookes, Coordinator Northern Rivers Shambhala
Margaret Hughes, Coordinator Shambhala Australia
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