The Milwaukee Shambhala Center is part of a global community which aspires to awaken kindness and wisdom in society. This vision is rooted in the principle that human beings are by their nature worthy and fundamentally complete. This vision and aspiration includes acknowledging that pain, confusion and harm are also part of our experience. We need to look directly at the ways we maintain traditions, power structures, language patterns, and other forms that perpetuate this – individually or collectively, whether consciously or unconsciously.

Currently our community is experiencing uncertainty and upheaval from reports of sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala’s lineage holder. The Sakyong has stepped back from his teaching and administrative responsibilities to focus on self-reflection and to facilitate healing. A number of initiatives have been put in place by the international organization which you can read more about here. The international governing body has resigned and has been replaced by an interim board which you can read more about here.

The Milwaukee Shambhala Community remains committed to teaching and practicing meditation, and to work together as a community towards collective liberation. We aspire to create a supportive and healing environment for those who come seeking to ease their suffering. We aspire to improve communications and are working to offer more space for the practice and support of particular vulnerable groups.