“Alcohol and Shambhala and You” by Dave Garton

Alcohol was simply part of our family routine. I remember a tan leather briefcase that went with us on all road trips. It opened into a full velvet bar complete with glasses hanging from a rack, little crystal holders for the silver stirring accessories, condiment holders for one’s choice of vegetables or fruit in the … Continue 

Shambhala and #MeToo and You

This year the Shambhala community has been rocked by Project Sunshine Reports alleging sexual misconduct by Shambhala teachers and leaders, including Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. As the spiritual leader of our community, the Sakyong is a guiding example for Shambhala. Naturally, the #MeToo allegations are devastating to his close students and anyone affiliated with Shambhala. Shambhala hired the … Continue 

New Culture & Decorum Delegate: Laurie Lavine

My name is Laurie Lavine and I have been a member of the Denver Shambhala Center for 9 years. This fall I will be taking on the role of Culture and Decorum Delegate. Culture is all the ways we feel connected to one another through regular public meditation practice, communal meals, and celebrations like Harvest … Continue 

[Updated 9/25]: Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

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. We offer this … Continue 

Weekly Community Meetings in July

Today the international Shambhala community received two communications: the Kalapa Council’s letter of resignation, and the Sakyong’s letter stepping back from his responsibilities in Shambhala and Naropa University during the independent investigation of the allegations raised this week. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to join us for weekly community conversations in July on Sunday mornings: July 8: 10am … Continue 

Understanding Immigration Issues In Our Community 

By Rachel Hanson On Tuesday, May 29th, about fifteen members of SMCD gathered together for a panel on refugee issues in Colorado. The event was sponsored by the Denver Center’s Community Engagement Team and featured speakers from the Colorado Division of Refugee Services of the Department of Health and Human Services and Project Worthmore. The … Continue