What Is Membership?

Boston Shambhala Center member Travis Detour enjoys a late-night dinner at the center after class.

Do you feel at home at the Boston Shambhala Center? Or perhaps you feel like you live at the Shambhala Center?

Everyone has their own unique relationship with the center. Some people dive right in, others go slowly. Some enjoy the classes most, others appreciate the community. Some people have been involved at the center for thirty years or more, while others just started coming last week.

You may have heard people referred to as “members” of the center and wondered what exactly that means or entails. People often choose to become a member of the Shambhala Center when they feel inspired by what happens here and feel that it’s a place they want to support. I think of joining as a member as making an energetic connection with the center.

Membership entails three commitments:

Meditation Practice:
Making a connection to meditation practice or related contemplative practice, and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.

Service:
All of the work of our center and much of the work of the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.

Financial support:
We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Right around half of our income to support the center’s operation comes from monthly membership dues. It is our members’ generosity that allows us to do what we do!

If you are interest in learning more about becoming a member, please feel free to contact me at 617-734-1498 or director@shambhalaboston.org, or our Head of Membership, Seth Wonner, at membership@shambhalaboston.org. You can also find more information here.

If you feel inspired to, you can become a member by signing up online today!

Yours in the vision of a good human society,
Dan Glenn, Executive Director

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