Shambhala International

Shambhala International is the umbrella organization that encompasses many of the distinct institutions of Shambhala Buddhism.


Shambhala International, which is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, links a worldwide network of urban Buddhist meditation centers, retreat centers, monasteries, a university, and other ventures, founded by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher the Trungpa Rinpoche under the name Vajradhatu. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the present spiritual and executive head of the organization, which he renamed and reorganized in 1990.

Sexual misconductEdit

Multiple members and teachers at Shambhala International have been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault including Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.[1] Due to a series of reports by the Buddhist Project Sunshine[2] on sexual misconduct within Shambhala International. Sakyong stepped back from his teaching and governance rolls and the board resigned.[3][4] With the invitation of the new board, Sakyong has resumed teaching.[5] Subsequently Pema Chödrön one of Shambhala's most recognizable public figures resigned in protest.[6]


  1. ^ "Buddhist group admits sexual abuse by teachers". the Guardian. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  2. ^ Winn, Andrea M.; Merchasin, Carol (2018-08-23). "Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report; The nail: Bringing things to a clear point" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  3. ^ Newman, Andy (11 July 2018). "The 'King' of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-19 – via
  4. ^ Marsh, Sarah (11 July 2018). "Buddhist group leader steps down over sexual assault claims". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-06-19 – via
  5. ^ Joan Biddlecombe Agsar, Wendy. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Abrahams, Matthew. "Pema Chödrön Steps Down as Senior Teacher at Shambhala". Retrieved 19 June 2020.