A Special Message from WRSC

August 13, 2018
Dia Ballou, Director, WRSC

This summer, the Shambhala mandala learned of credible allegations against Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche concerning clergy sexual misconduct.

Our Center cannot offer an official position at this time because emotions are still too raw and actual information is sparse. We need time to feel and voice feelings, support and care for each other, and learn the extent and impact of the harm done.  We will take the time we need to grieve, listen to each other, and understand what has happened, before deciding whether to make major changes to our local culture and programming.

WRSC has held two member listening meetings and will continue to schedule meetings; information about these meetings will be sent to members.  If you are not a member and are interested in attending a listening meeting, please contact the Center Director, Dia Ballou, at [email protected].

Our Center leaders are communicating with other Shambhala Centers to learn each others’ best practices for transparency, openness, inclusiveness and healing. We are learning to be more trauma-aware.  And all members in positions of leadership are reviewing the Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy, which can be read here.

In this chaos there is an opportunity for real, meaningful and lasting change.

With Love,

White River Shambhala Center

Here are some of the many resources available for further information and help, offered with many thanks to Kathryn Rile of the San Francisco Shambhala Center who compiled them:

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

Shambhala’s Trauma Informed Working Group would like to hear from you if you have suffered trauma in or outside the Shambhala mandala, or if you have experience working with those who have. Please reach out to [email protected] as soon as you can. Thank you.