Becoming a member of a Shambhala Center is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. Members participate in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion, and provide one another an opportunity to practice with gentleness and patience.

Why does membership matter?

Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make those opportunities available to others.  Anyone interested in this path of awakening is warmly invited to become a member of the Portland Shambhala Center and the global Shambhala community.

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would be unable to offer all our wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events.  It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center.

What are the benefits of membership?

Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

Membership is open to anyone willing to make the following commitments:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.


Most of the work of our Center and the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.  Members choose their volunteer activities based on their interests and time availability.

Providing financial support

We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Dues amounts are determined by the member, based on income and financial obligations, and their personal practice of generosity.

Becoming a Member

Fill out a membership form online or in person at the Shambhala Center.

The recommended guidelines for the basic level of support to help cover our operating expense is $35 per month for Individuals, $70 for Families (persons related by blood or affection; including dependent children).  However each person decides what the most generous offering is that they can make. Some pay more, some less; the minimum is $10 per month.  Every level of support is helpful and appreciated.

  • Tiger (contributing)  $10 – $34 per individual
  • Lion (sustaining)      $35 – $69 per individual (recommended Individual minimum level)
  • Garuda (enriching)   $70 – $99 per individual (recommended Family minimum level)
  • Dragon (expanding) $100 + per individual, $200+ per family

To manage your dues at any time, click here and create a profile.

If you have any further questions about membership, please contact Carol Lieberman, our Membership Coordinator, directly or with a message for “Membership and Dues” on our Contact form.

Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche