Judith Simmer-Brown on the power of community

Judith Simmer-Brown started the topic Power of Community: at 8:37 pm, February 24, 2019 In the intensity of day-to-day communications, I know that I and others go up and down, pulled one direction by one passionate email, and then another with the next that comes from a completely different point of view. What to do … Continue 

An Open Letter to the Shambhala Community from Long-Serving Kusung

To the Shambhala community: This letter is in regards to Mipham J. Mukpo, also known as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For the purposes of this letter, we will refer to him as Mr. Mukpo. In light of the recently concluded investigations and subsequent communications from the Shambhala leadership, a group of former Kusung decided to come … Continue 

Update from Relo Team

On Saturday, January 19, the Relocation Team hosted an open forum to provide information and receive feedback on our activities to date, as well as options for going forward. This is a summary of that forum. What We’ve Accomplished: Since its formation in late 2016, the Relo Team has been working to find a new … Continue 

Community Update: Director Search Committee

Since the Director Search Committee was appointed in April 2018, we have met frequently as a committee, twice with the Portland Shambhala Center community as a whole, and kept open a public line of e-communication via pdxfreshenergy@gmail.com. In June we joined the larger community in shock and distress over allegations of sexual misconduct within the … Continue 

Dalai Lama meets with survivors of abuse by Buddhist teachers


Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

by Shambhala LA We have put together a virtual reading room for our community that contains some links to letters from Shambhala governance and the Sakyong, news articles, helpful blog posts and teachings. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. … Continue 

Power to Love

by Michaela McCormick The revelation of our Sakyong’s abuse of women has shaken and cracked the foundation of our beloved community, and rightly so. We are left to assess the contradiction between his pronouncements of kindness and compassion and his repeated disregard of his students’ worthiness of those innate qualities. By exacting such violence on … Continue 

Bringing Basic Goodness to the Border

As a Shambhala community, we are watching with a sense of horror and despair as the government of the United States implements its policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexican border. As an international Buddhist community, Shambhala condemns this inhumane and brutal policy. We also recognize and condemn violence toward refugees in … Continue 

Relo Update

Thanks to all who participated in our first property viewing at 8805 NE Glisan! About 30 people visited (either in person or online) and gave feedback via the survey our Relocation Team sent out a few weeks ago. Here are some of the highlights…. 20 people attended an open house and walked through the building 16 … Continue 

Relocation Update

We have been very busy this month researching the property at 8805 NE Glisan, thanks to those of you who have offered feedback on the property. Here’s where we are currently…. We are exploring a relationship with Beneficial State Bank (previously Albina Community Bank) – they are reviewing our financial status and have responded positively … Continue