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