Membership

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

We’re delighted that you’re considering Membership at Portland Shambhala! Our Center is a volunteer-run organization, powered by our Members. 

 

There are four aspects of formal membership in Shambhala:

  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. Membership invites active engagement in contemplating and building a different kind of society altogether.
  2. Meditation Practice: A member of Shambhala makes a connection to mindfulness-awareness practice, and works to integrate that practice into daily life 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.
  3. Volunteer Service: A large majority of Shambhala activities are conducted by volunteers, and there are many ways to help. Members donate time to the local center based on their interests 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.

 

What are the benefits of membership?

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

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