Community Care and Code of Conduct

Beginning in 2018, the international Shambhala community experienced a difficult time as a result of becoming aware of sexual misconduct and harm in our community.  Though a challenging time, this has been a necessary process in order to acknowledge, reflect, and make changes to fit with our aspirations. 

As a result, international leadership has worked to examine ways that we have not kept to our stated vision, as well as to offer opportunities for healing and support for those harmed.

Community Care

The new Shambala Board, who took their seat as Interim Board on October 17th 2018, has as one of their primary focuses the ongoing care of the community. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the board has taken several steps to address gaps in the current Care and Conduct Policy, as well as directly work to repair misconduct and findings of misuse and abuse of power that have occurred in the community.

The Board, working closely with the Process Team, Code of Conduct Support Group and the Director of Community Care and Conduct, has taken the following actions intended to restore trust through inclusivity, transparency, accountability, and care:

  • Director of Community Care and Conduct – new international position filled
  • Training and Courses – for leaders and community, including on topics of gender dynamics, right use of power, and trauma
  • Community Support – therapy and counselling support available to Shambhala community
  • Community Initiatives – community grants on diversity and inclusivity
  • Code of Conduct Policy – new organizational policy developed and implemented.  See below for more information.

Kalapa Council, former governing board of Shambhala, initiated and communicated results of the following 3rd-party reports:

  • Olive Branch and listening post reports
  • Wickwire Holm report

Shambhala Community Care and Conduct – learn more at the community care web site.

Code of Conduct

The new Shambhala Code of Conduct has been comprehensively developed, in consultation with our membership, to reflect what it means to be part of a kind and decent society and holds all inspired to join any of Shambhala activities accountable to these norms and policies.  It includes the following sections:

  1. Outline of the Code of Conduct
    • The Practices of Good Conduct
    • Protecting the Space for Everyone

  2. Four Governing Policies
    1. Policy for Child Protection
    2. Policy on Conduct of People Holding Positions of Authority
    3. Policy to Address Sexual Misconduct
    4. Policy on Diversity, Inclusivity & Anti-Discrimination

Shambhala Code and Conduct – learn more about policies, training, getting involved, and providing feedback at the community code of conduct web site.