Becoming a member of the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening.  It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness.  We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion.  We also provide each other an opportunity to practice compassion and patience.

We invite anyone interested in our Group to consider becoming a member.  Becoming a member of our Group simultaneously brings membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally and in society.

Please fill out our on-line membership form, or contact us by e-mail or phone, and we will be in touch with you.

Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and helps make it available to others.

This involves three areas of engagement and support:

1. Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.

2. Volunteering

All of the work of our Group and satellite locations, and much of the work of the Shambhala global community, is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.

3. Providing financial support

We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Suggested Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group dues are $50 per month for individuals, $75 per month for families, or $108 per month for patrons. Members are welcome to give more or less than these amounts as they feel inspired.

Why does membership matter?

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Group has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we will not be able to offer programs, practice sessions, and events.  It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Group.

What are the resources available to members?

Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

  • Members receive ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor
  • Members are invited to community events, programs, and classes, and receive discounts for some programs
  • Membership pin
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at


Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche