Membership

Shambhala is a global network of people who have confidence in the fundamental goodness and worthiness of humanity, and the power of that goodness to shift the social and environmental dynamics of our planet. We invite anyone interested in Shambhala to consider joining this global network by becoming a member. Membership offers a way to practice generosity in support of Shambhala principles and practices – everyone is welcome.

There are four aspects of membership:

  1. The Practice of Enlightened 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Volunteer Service: A majority of Shambhala activities are conducted by volunteers, and there are many ways to help. Members donate time to the local centre based on their interests and personal availability.
  1. Financial Support: Shambhala is sustained through financial contributions. When you become a member, your financial contributions support the maintenance and growth of our centre as well as the international Shambhala community.   We offer the following financial support levels for guidance:

Contributing| $25 – $44 a month
Supporting| $45 – 69 a month
Sustaining| $70 – $107 a month
Patron| $108 or more a month

Your membership contributions are tax deductible – you will receive a charitable donation tax receipt at the end of each year.

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 and the principles of Shambhala in many ways:

  • Ongoing support for your meditation practice with a meditation instructor
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at shambhala.org
  • Invitations to community events, programs, and classes
  • A Membership pin, welcome booklets and a yearly Calendar & Practice Record Book
  • A wealth of opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the vitality of the centre
  • Eligibility to participate in the Centre’s governance
  • Eligibility to apply to attend advanced training programs
  • The joy of helping the profound tradition of meditation continue to survive and flourish

 

Not ready to become a member? Become a Friend of Shambhala.

If you are not ready to become a member at this time but appreciate what we have offered to you and the community of practitioners and want to contribute to the long-term financial health of our Centre, you could become a “Friend of Shambhala.”  A monthly donation of as little as $10-25 would be a wonderful way to contribute.

For more information about becoming a member, please contact us.

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Membership Application

We are delighted to welcome you into the Shambhala Community!

Please complete the membership application below and the Membership Coordinator will contact you soon to arrange a meeting.

Membership