Regarding Allegations of Clergy Sexual Misconduct in Shambhala

Beginning in July of 2018, a series of accusations of clergy sexual misconduct against our lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and others were made public. An independent investigation found some of these allegations credible. A community care webpage has been set up with links to all available information pertinent to this issue.

The Sakyong has since stepped down from all teaching and administrative functions and the governing body of Shambhala International, the Kalapa Council has disbanded. A diverse and dedicated group of Shambhala practitioners from all over the world has stepped forward to build a new governing structure. Information about the Interim Board and the scope of its work can be found here.

Throughout this turbulent time, the Durham Shambhala Center has continued to be a place of refuge for those wanting to know the Dharma and to know themselves. We are a warm and vibrant community with strong connections to one another and to our practice.

The Durham Shambhala Center offers an inspiring and informative series of programs (see our Programs page).  In addition, we offer free silent sitting meditation every Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon and every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m.  Thursday evening sitting is followed by a Dharma talk or discussion.  Mahayana Mondays begin at 7 p.m. with meditation practices designed to calm and open the mind.  All of these provide the opportunity to meet experienced teachers and meditators as well as those exploring meditation for the first time.

We extend compassion and lovingkindness to everyone who has been harmed, including the Sakyong and his family. We are committed to carrying forward the Shambhala vision of awakening enlightened society and invite you to join us in our beautiful, newly expanded meditation center.