Sexual Misconduct Issue

This is a painful and confusing time for everyone. In an effort to fully share information regarding what is happening in our Shambhala community, we are offering the following listing of information and teachings. They are listed from newest (top) to oldest.

The information available in some of these links is restricted to Shambhala members and will require a login. If you would like to comment on these events, you may respond to our local leadership by emailing [email protected] To communicate with the Interim Board, you may email [email protected] Shambhala maintains a page with links to many of these documents at

Guest Presenter Guidelines:  Adopted September 2021, these guidelines are for how to relate to outside speakers and teachers.

Here is a link to to the recent Shambhala Centre/Group Leadership Survey, October 2020.

Timeline links (newest first):

Joint Statement from the Shambhala and Potrang Boards, September 9, 2021. The two boards are in a process of mediation on two issues: 1. independence for Shambhala and the Shambhala Board from the authority currently held by the Sakyong and the Potrang; 2. ownership and use of the Shambhala trademarks.

Joint Statement from the Shambhala Board and Sakyong Potrang Board, June 24, 2021. Both Boards appointed experienced Community members to work together as independent Assessors, these Assessors have just given their reports to both boards. They focused on P&E, Governance, Culture and Decorum, The Kasung, intellectual property, and communication among entities.

Joint Statement from the Shambhala Board and Sakyong Potrang Board, Feb 13, 2021. After helpful conversations involving Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the boards have now agreed to conduct an assessment of possible structural options, which include different degrees of integration and separation.

Latest Update From Lady Diana Mukpo’s Working Group, Feb 11, 2021. Includes their vision, Early history of Werma, and Kagyu and Nyingma Three Yanas

Letter from the Shambhala Board Feb. 1, 2021 re Code of Conduct procedures, and other links

Report from the Process Team, Jan. 13, 2021

Letter from the Shambhala Board: December 16, 2020

Shambhala Centre Group Leadership Survey: October 2020

Letter from 14 Acharyas Who Are Not Retiring: August 16, 2020

Three Recent Acharya Retirements: August 14, 2020

Letter from the Board – New Code of Conduct Policies: August 4, 2020. To download pdfs of these policies, go here.

A Letter From Walker Blaine: July 30, 2020.

Sense of Shambhala Survey Result: results of the Process Team’s survey of members worldwide, July 24, 2020

Letter to the Sangha from Diana Mukpo: July 16, 2020. This just appeared on the Shambhala Times website here.

Acharya Retirement Letter: Published in Shambhala Times July 8, 2020. The following is a statement to the Shambhala community, offered by a group of 13 acharyas who are resigning from their role, but will remain active in Shambhala and beyond

Upcoming Acharya Retirements:  An Announcement from Walker Blaine, July 6, 2020

Open Letter from 71 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: June 24, 2020; Also published on Shambhala Times, here.

Pilgrimage Letter: May 14, 2020

Shambhala Mountain Center Update: February 16, 2020

Letter to the Troops (Dorje Kasung) from its leadership, February 2020

Letter to the IB from the board of the Stockholm Shambhala Centre, Feb. 7, 2020 (requires login to Shambhala Network)

Community Message from the Interim Board (re Dechen Choling teaching), Feb. 2, 2020

Message from the Shambhala NYC Interim Governing Council: January 22, 2020

January Update from the Process Team, 1/20/2020

Letter from Ani Pema Chödrön: Shambhala Times, January 16. 2020

Interim Board – Important information about grants and board nominations 12/30/2019

Petition on against the Sakyong teaching at Dechen Choling

Board-Communication re Rigden Abisheka teaching at Dechen Choling in 2020, 12/29/2019

Message from the Sakyong, 12/14/2019

December update from the Interim Board, 12/12/2019

Third quarter financial report, 11/17/2019 (access requires a Shambhala member login)

Update from the Process Team, 11/12/2019

Update from the Interim Board, October 2019

Letter from Jessica Bizub (former director of the Milwaukee Center) to the Interim Board, July 2019

Interim Board – Mid-Year Financial Report, July 29, 2019.

Interim Board – Investigation into Handling of Child Abuse Cases, July 24, 2019

Interim Board – Recent arrests of former Shambhala members, July 1, 2019.

June Update from the Interim Board, June 28, 2019.

Update from the Process Team, May 1, 2019

Second correction to the April update, May 2, 2019

Correction to the April update, April 26, 2019

April update from the Interim Board, April 25, 2019

Finance Report to the Community, March 26, 2019

Reports from An Olive Branch, March 19, 2019.

Introductory letter from the Process Team, March 6, 2019

Letter from Shastri David Kahane, 2/21/2019 (requires Shambhala logon)

Third letter from the Sakyong, agreeing to step down for the forseeable future, Feb. 21, 2019

Letter from the Acharyas, Feb. 20, 2019

Letter from the Interim Board in response to the Open Letter from Long Serving Kusung, Feb. 18, 2019 (contains link to the letter)

Letter from Lady Diana Mukpo in Shambhala Times, Feb. 18, 2019

Second letter from Sakyong Mipham, Feb. 4, 2019

The Wickwire Holm report, Feb. 3, 2019

Finance Update from the Interim Board, Feb. 1, 2019 (this is the notice of intention to sell Marpa House)

Final message from the Transition Task Force, Jan. 27, 2019

Process Team update, 1/20/2019

December update from the Interim Board, Dec. 30, 2018

Care and Conduct Policy update by the Interim Board, 12/23/2018

Community letter from the Shambhala Interim Board, Nov. 26, 2018

Introduction letter from the Shambhala Interim Board, Oct. 31, 2018

Final Letter from Kalapa Council, Oct. 15, 2018

Tricycle Article on BPS3

Response from the Kalapa Council 8/23/18 regarding Project Sunshine Phase 3

Shambhala Financial Report   August 15, 2018

Updates from the Transition Task Force, August 7   August 30

Letter from the Leadership Transition Team, July 20

Letter from An Olive Branch introducing themselves   Update Aug. 23

Update from Kalapa Media 7/13/18

New York Times article 7/11/18

Letter from Shambhala Mountain Center 7/10/18 (PDF) or view at Shambhala San Francisco’s site

Second letter from the Sakyong to the Shambhala Community 7/10/18

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

The Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy

Project Sunshine First Report
Project Sunshine Second Report
Project Sunshine Memorandum II 7/10/18
Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report August 23, 2018

Buddhist News Articles
Tricycle Article
Lion’s Roar Report alleges sexual misconduct by leader of Shambhala community

Helpful writings by Shambhala Teachers
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 & Lama Tsultrim Allione

Pema Chödrön No Right No Wrong

Meditation in the City with Shanté Smalls (podcast) Holding Space, Healing Harm