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Welcome our new Deputy Director: Max Roberts-Zirker

We are so thrilled to have Max Roberts-Zirker step in as our Deputy Director! This is a brand new position that works closely with the Executive Director to manage the operations of the Center. While we are striving to offer more to greater Boston, we also need to nourish our community and our capacity as an … Continue 

Ashley Hodson

Welcome Ashley Hodson, our New Executive Director

It is with delight and profound happiness that the Governing Council of the Boston Shambhala Center announces that Ms. Ashley Hodson has been formally approved and appointed by the Kalapa Court for the position of Centre Director. Her directorship will begin as of Shambhala Day 2015. Everyone is invited to the Oath Ceremony for Ashley, including a … Continue 


Farewell and a Time of Transition

This is the time of year when the days grow warmer and the Shambhala community begins to scatter for the summer, attending programs and retreats, spending time with friends and family, spending time outside the walls of our center. Taking the time to close the center for two weeks, from June 23-July 6, gives our … Continue 


Meet Reverend Kim!

One of the best parts about putting together the Moving Forward: Boston Strong in Everyday Life event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has been the amazing friendship and partnership that has been extended by Arlington Street Church. At the heart of that friendship is Reverend Kim Crawford Harvie, senior minister at the church, who has been … Continue 


To Grow and Cultivate

“I consider the Shambhala centers to be the cultural genesis of creating good human society. In this light, we are being true to the original intention of the word culture, which comes from the Latin root cultura—’to grow and cultivate.’ In the Classical period, culture was the word used to describe the cultivation of the … Continue 

Care Teams: A Practice of Compassion and Generosity

Care Teams are small groups of people who come together to provide care to persons in the community—a sangha member recovering from surgery or a family with a newborn in need of an extra hand.  Care Teams also offer the caregivers an opportunity to enrich their practice. Being kind is a simple practice, but it … Continue 


Shastri Krusinski and Shambhala at Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Last week, Shastri Carolyn Krusinski returned to the Annual Rotary Club Governor’s Prayer Breakfast to represent Shambhala as one of five faith community leaders who offered aspirations, reflections and prayer at the event. The Prayer Breakfast brings together prominent business, professional, political, religious and community leaders for fellowship, music and reflection. Shastri Krusinski’s aspiration included … Continue 


Invitation to Co-Creation

Over 200 leaders from the Shambhala community gathered this past week at Karme Choling for the Three Pillars Leadership Gathering with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The event was facilitated by the core leadership team of President Richard Reoch, Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel, Executive Director Carolyn Mandelker, Chagdzo Kyi Khyap Connie Brock, Kalapa Envoy for Enrichment Robert … Continue 


The Shambhala Principle: May 7

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book, The Shambhala Principle, opens with these words: “We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future.” The book invites us to a global contemplation of the basic goodness of humanity and human society. In particular it talks about … Continue 

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What is the Council’s job?

Greetings, everyone! A few weeks ago, I shared a community email that was an introduction of the Shambhala Boston Council, which is the senior governing body at the Shambhala Center. In this post, I’d like to share with you a bit about the Council’s job description. The role of the Council is different than the … Continue 

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