Connect with the Shambhala Community
Shambhala Database (or SDB)
The Shambhala Database contains all your profile information, records of classes and programs taken (going back a few years anyway, which is as long as the SDB has been around), and much more. Take a moment to make sure your profile is up to date, upload a photo of yourself, and generally make yourself acquainted with the resources available.
Creating a Shambhala Account. To access the database, you will need a username and password (or “Shambhala Account”) which can be obtained (or recovered) HERE. This Shambhala Account lets you access any Shambhala page or resource that asks for a password (including the Shambhala Network, Shambhala Online, etc.). Important: after you first create (or reset) your account, you need to log into the Shambhala Database (using the username and password that will have been emailed to you) and change your password – until you do this, you won’t be able to log into other Shambhala resources (such as the Shambhala Network).
The Shambhala Network is a relatively new website that connects the Shambhala community through email, groups and friends (replacing the older “sangha announce” or “webbymail” system). The Shambhala Network is available to everyone, but members are especially encouraged to sign up, because while most program-related emails will still be sent to you directly from Fort Collins Shambhala Center, the Shambhala Network will increasingly be used for other kinds of local announcements (as well as for regional and international announcements), and if you’re not signed up, you may be missing out!
Signing up is very easy. If you haven’t yet, you’ll first need to create a Shambhala Account for yourself (as explained above). Remember to log into the Shambhala Database and change your password. Once you’ve done that, simply logging into the Shambhala Network will automatically subscribe you to some of the most important email groups, including the Fort Collins Community Room, which is the main list or group for Fort Collins Shambhala Center. But you have to log in, because until you do, you won’t be signed up. To view or change your subscriptions, just click on “my groups”.
Posting your own messages. You can post your own announcements, questions, etc., to any group you belong to. To do so, click on the “discussion” tab, then click on “new topic”, then fill in your subject line and message at the bottom of the page. Typically, that would either be in the Fort Collins Community Room — or if the announcement is appropriate for a wider audience, either Rocky Mountain Classifieds, or one of the international groups: Sangha Announce or Sangha Talk (depending on the nature of your message). There are also many other groups in the network, and you’re welcome and encouraged to explore. But in general, you probably should only post a message to one group (e.g. if you post a message to Sangha Announce, posting the same message to the Fort Collins group is apt to be redundant).
Shambhala Member’s Area
The Member’s Area on shambhala.org is a resource that may be of interest, especially the Practice & Study section.