Membership

Let us cultivate a culture of kindness.
In that moment we are determining the outcome of the world.

– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala is a global network of people who have confidence in the fundamental goodness and worthiness of humanity, and the power of that goodness to shift the social and environmental dynamics of our planet.

You are welcome to attend community events and programs – there is no requirement to become a member in order to participate, though advanced classes and training do have prerequisites. Meditation instruction, public meditation, and some introductory offerings are available without charge, though donations are certainly appreciated.

As you become more involved, membership offers a way to practice generosity. It is a gesture of support to Shambhala principles and practices, and is expressed in the following four areas:

1. The Practice of Community/Society: Shambhala is a community that practices the teachings on basic goodness, and explores and develops a culture within our communities that embodies that profound principle. When you become a member, you are actively contemplating and building a different kind of society altogether.

2. Meditation Practice: As a member, you are making a connection to mindfulness-awareness practice, and working to integrate that practice into your daily life.  You commit to practice in order to create a foundation for healthy social relationships and an enlightened society. This connection may also be made through contemplative practices based on mindfulness-awareness, like flower arranging (kado), archery (kyudo), or other modalities.

3. Volunteer Service: A majority of Shambhala activities are conducted by volunteers, and there are many ways to help. You will be asked to donate time to the local center based on your interests, needs of the Center, and personal availability.

4. Financial Support: Shambhala is sustained through dues and donations. When you become a member, your financial contributions support the maintenance and growth of our center as well as the international Shambhala community. Please see the Membership Dues page to learn more.

 

Membership is open to anyone from any background, culture, faith or walk of life – all are invited.  If you would like to become a member, or have questions about membership, contact Tara Morrison, Membership Coordinator, by using our contact form: