Our Shambhala community has again been shocked by fresh allegations of sexual, physical and emotional misconduct occurring in the heart of our international community, including serious allegations against 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 Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group strongly disapproves of the destructive and abusive conduct that these reports have revealed.
Shambhala groups in Australia have held gatherings for sangha members to share and offer support to one another. If you would like to find out about a gathering in Adelaide, please contact the Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group coordinator, David Edwards, [email protected] .
We are committed to ensuring that all sangha members and visitors are treated with respect, dignity and care. Please see our statement below regarding Care and Conduct:
Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group Care and Conduct Statement
Shambhala is committed to a practice, study, and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. It is each person’s right to be free from harassment, mistreatment, and discrimination. Each individual has the right to practice, study, and work in an atmosphere that is free from abuse of any type, including sexual, verbal and emotional abuse.
In addition to being bound individually and as a community to basic Shambhala and Buddhist standards of conduct, we are also citizens of larger communities and, therefore, must abide by public laws. These include but are not limited to laws pertaining to alcohol, drugs, and sexual conduct.
If any individual is concerned that the behaviour of a member of the Shambhala community, including any of its ofﬁce holders, may not have been in accordance with this statement of principles, please contact David Edwards (Coordinator), Shastri Loretta Geuenich (Teacher) or any of our Council members: Rebecca Miller, Rebecca Chapman, Bill Gaston, Marg Hypatia.
We are also committed to transparency, and offer the resources below to help you keep up-to-date with 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.
The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group Council:
David Edwards (Coordinator)
A guide to the links
The links below are listed in chronological order of public release. For those who are not familiar with some of the terminology, here is a brief explanation:
- An Olive Branch is the organisation Shambhala’s Kalapa Council has engaged to ‘support the sangha’s healing and reconciliation in the wake of complaints’.
- The Kalapa Council is the governing body of the international Shambhala community. Its members are stepping down and a new leadership structure will be formed.
- Acharyas are the most senior teachers in Shambhala, other than the Sakyong.
- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the ‘temporal and spiritual director’ of Shambhala. He has ‘stepped aside’ from his duties as the investigation is underway.
- Project Sunshine consists of two reports by Andrea Winn that alleges sexual misconduct within Shambhala.
More detailed information including frequently asked questions and regular updates are available from websites hosted by the Interim Board (https://board.shambhala.org/) and the Process Team (https://shambhala-process-team.org/)
Correspondence and reports
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