Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy

The Shambhala mandala is committed to creating enlightened society. This commitment involves devoting ourselves to personal transformation, helping to develop a compassionate community of practitioners, and contributing to the creation of enlightened society in the world at large.

Behaviors that are harmful arise naturally in human communities. Ours is no different. However, we are endeavouring to work with and learn from such situations in ways that are beneficial to those directly involved, and beneficial to the Shambhala community as a whole.

This document is organized into four parts. It begins with the Care and Conduct Policy itself, followed by a section on the view of Shambhala Care and Conduct. Next are procedures for implementation, followed by an appendix.

Read the Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy Here

FCSMC asks that all Teachers, Assistant Directors, Meditation Instructors, Shambhlala Guides, and Meditation Hall, Program and Families/Children staff review this Care and Conduct Policy. Then, please download and print the signature page (page 18 or link below) and submit to the Center.  You can scan and send it to info.fcsmc@gmail.com, mail to FCSMC, P.O. Box 1336, Fort Collins CO 80522 or drop off at the office, leaving it in the basket on the office desk.  In you are Acrobat-Reader savvy, you can use the “Fill & Sign” function and email us the form.

Stand-alone Signature Page

 

Commitment to an Environment Free from Harassment, Mistreatment and Discrimination

Shambhala is committed to a practice, study, and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  It is each person’s right to be free from harassment, mistreatment, and discrimination.  Each individual has the right to practice, study, and work in an atmosphere that is free from abuse of any type, including sexual, verbal and emotional abuse.

In addition to being bound individually and as a community to basic Shambhala and Buddhist standards of conduct, we are also citizens of the larger communities in which our centers are located worldwide and, therefore, must abide by public laws.  These include but are not limited to laws pertaining to alcohol, drugs, and sexual conduct.

If any individual is concerned that the behavior of a member of the Shambhala community, including any of its office holders, that may not have been in accordance with this statement of principles, please contact the Director of this Center, the Rusung or Desung of the Dorje Kasung, or any appropriate person in the local leadership. Any such communications will be handled in accordance with the procedures set down in Shambhala Care and Conduct Policy (see link above).

Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center Leadership:

Director:  Gailmarie Kimmel – director.fcsmc@gmail.com  970-692-1443

Rusung:  Kristi Coleman – kcoleman428@gmail.com  970-214-6237

Desung:  Keith Ela – keithela@gmail.com  970-631-7477

Health & Wellbeing:  Mark Wagner – markhor3306@gmail.com 970-980-3183