Care and Conduct Policy

Shambhala is committed to a practice, study, and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. It is each person’s right to be free from harassment, mistreatment, and discrimination. In addition to being bound individually and as a community to basic Shambhala and Buddhist standards of conduct, we are also citizens of the larger communities in which our centres are located worldwide and, therefore, must abide by public laws. These include but are not limited to laws pertaining to alcohol, drugs, and sexual conduct. Each individual has the right to practice, study, and work in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination.


If any individual is concerned that the behavior of a member of the Shambhala community, including any of its office-holders, may not have been in accordance with this statement of principle, please contact us. Any such communications will be handled in accordance with the procedures set down in Shambhala Care and Conduct, a copy of which is available at our centre. Please contact either our Societal Health and Well-Being, or our Membership Coordinator to initiate a complaint or to discuss this policy.  You can find their contact information on our Department Contacts page.


The Vancouver Shambhala Centre strives to be a community that fosters inclusiveness and accessibility, free from harm of any type. We recognize that harm occurs in our world, that it isn’t always understood or acknowledged, and that harm has occurred in our own community.


The international Shambhala community has been reworking our Code of Conduct. The comprehensive Code of Conduct and supporting policies can be explored at

We invite members, friends as well as former members and friends to join us in local discussions of the new Code of Conduct and policies, as we aspire to learn from our past mistakes and to make this exploration part of our path of cultivating awareness. We expect to schedule several sessions over the fall of 2020.