Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Dear Shambhala Ohana,

I hope that most of you are enjoying a relaxing summer visiting friends and family, making the best of your “staycation” at home, or just working through the summer with no vacation like most of us. What seemed like the beginning of a sleepy summer break back in May with Dean and Jaynine going on sabbatical, has taken a bit of a turn with the head of the Shambhala lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, being accused of clerical sexual misconduct.  As of July 6, the Sakyong has stepped away from his formal teaching and administrative responsibilities while a 3rd party investigation occurs. Additionally, all members of the Kalapa Council (the central governing body of the Shambhala International organization) have voluntarily stepped down.  A transition toward new leadership will begin on August 1st when a Transition Task Forceis formed, seated and begins their work. Shambhala is beginning over again indeed.

In light of the current situation, Shambhala just updated its Community Care page to include further information about this ongoing work, including the leadership transition, independent investigation and services provided by An Olive Branch.  It now also contains a folder linking to all past e-mails, translated into several languages, so sangha members can have a central place to check for the most current information. Kailua Shambhala does not condone harm or discrimination of any kind and we see it as part of our mission to address and prevent it. Over the summer and fall, we will be retooling our offerings a little bit in light of the recent controversy with the Sakyong. Our Ewa Beach Meetup and Honolulu town Meetup group meditation events will now focus on practice-oriented readings from Pema Chodronʻs book How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind.

We hope to see more of you at our group meditation events as summer comes to a close. I’m hopeful that Samuel Butler was right when he said about the autumn: “Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” I look forward to Shambhala’s fresh start this autumn at truly Creating Enlightened Society.


Arleen Garcia-Herbst
Group Coordinator



Our Ewa Beach Meetup and Honolulu town Meetup group meditation events focus on practice-oriented readings from Pema Chodronʻs book How to Meditate. Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. Please join us!



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