Membership

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Those who are in the sangha [Shambhala community] 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, lineage holder of Shambhala

 

Register as a Shambhala Member here

Becoming a member of any Shambhala Meditation Center is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a global 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.

Anyone interested in the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver is welcome to become a member. Local membership includes membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally, culturally and within society.

 

Why does membership matter?

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

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

  • The Practice of Community/Society: Shambhala is a community that practices the teachings on basic goodness, and explores how to create a culture within our communities that embodies that profound principle. Membership offers active engagement in contemplating and building a different kind of society altogether.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer service: A large majority of Shambhala activities are conducted by volunteers, and there are many ways to help. Members donate time to their local centre based on their interests, skills and personal availability.
  • Financial Support: Shambhala is sustained through dues and donations. When one becomes a member through a local centre, one’s financial contributions support the needs of the local centre as well as the international Shambhala organization. Dues structures vary across local Centres, but giving can always be tailored to one’s individual financial situation. Your local Shambhala Center will ensure that anyone who wants to be a member can afford to do so.

Salary Based Membership Dues
We encourage Shambhala members who feel a strong connection to the Shambhala lineage to offer 5% of their monthly net-income. This group is likely to be formal Vajrayana students of the Sakyong (tantrikas), but includes anyone. This kind of generosity will allow for the center to have stability as well as dynamism to grow to serve the greater Denver community.

Please contact denver.shambhala.treasurer@gmail.com to make a change to your current Monthly Giving.

What are my Shambhala Membership resources?

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

  • Membership in the global Shambhala community
  • Ongoing meditation instruction with a Meditation Instructor
  • Check-Out privileges for books and other media from the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver Library
  • Needs-based use of the SMCD Generosity Policy for courses in the Way of Shambhala Year Two curriculum, and other select programs
  • Invitations to community events, programs, and classes
  • Eligibility for leadership positions at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver
  • Eligibility to pursue a path of teaching and being a Shambhala Guide and/or Meditation Instructor
  • Invitation to celebratory membership events
  • Membership pin
  • Membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at www.shambhala.org
  • Funeral and Wedding services
  • (for Family Shambhala members) free access to Mindful Kids programs and invitations to Shambhala Family events

 

Register as a Shambhala Member here
You may fill out the membership form online or hard-copy forms are available at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver.


For increasing your membership contribution:
Please fill out one of the below forms indicating your amount of increase and drop it off at our donation box.  Or you may contact Carolyn Pickton at denver.shambhala.treasurer@gmail.com


Membership “Monthly Automatic Giving” Forms:
hard copies are also available at SMCD next to the bulletin board